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Product summary

"Bobbi Brown - Hydrating Water Fresh Cream" has a good moisturizing formula. To work well, any moisturizer needs to include a combination of water-binding and emollient ingredients. Bobbi Brown - Hydrating Water Fresh Cream ticks this box. Algae extract, glycerin, glycine, sodium hyaluronate and trehalose in this product (humectants) attract water molecules to the upper layer of the skin (the water comes from the outside air or from the deeper layers of the skin if the air is dry). Phytosphingosine, algae extract, cholesterol, dimethicone and myristyl myristate in this product help decrease the water evoporation from the skin, so that it stays hydrated for longer. These ingredients also soften the skin and take away the feeling of tightness and dryness.

Ingredient callouts

  • Another benefit is that this moisturizer contain ceramides (phytosphingosine 0.35% - 0.60%). Ceramides are an important part of our natural skin barrier. The ceramides used in skincare are synthetic or come from plants. They help soften the skin and can help "fill the gaps" in the skin barrier, keeping the skin hydrated and resilient for longer.

Irritation risk

We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be medium. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails from 39.77$ up to 64.00$ in the United States, from 46.08£ up to 49.16£ in the United Kingdom and for 86.00CA$ in Canada.

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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: algae extract, glycerin.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, myristyl myristate.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: phytosphingosine

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
5.4% - 6.6%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
4.3% - 5.3%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
2.7% - 3.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
2.5% - 3.1%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
2.1% - 2.6%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.8% - 2.1%
An emollient. Is not recommended for acne-prone skin as it can be comedogenic
1.6% - 2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.3% - 1.6%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
1.1% - 1.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
0.6% - 0.9%
Used as a fragrance
0.6% - 0.9%
0.5% - 0.75%
A great emollient. Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) which may give it some anti-oxidant properties. Can contain volatile compounds and can be irritating
0.5% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used for fragrance and contains volatile compounds that can irritate the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.45% - 0.65%
0.35% - 0.65%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.4% - 0.6%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.45% - 0.65%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
0.45% - 0.7%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.3% - 0.6%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.3% - 0.5%
A silicone that works to soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce its water loss
0.35% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to stabilize product formulation, help create an even product layer over skin (for example, in sunscreen) and create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
A type of lipid that is naturally present in skin. It might help in repairing skin barrier function and has anti-bacterial effect
0.35% - 0.6%
0.25% - 0.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation while softening the upper layer of the skin. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
0.25% - 0.45%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help restore the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.2% - 0.4%
Is helpful in restoring skin barrier function supporting its moisture levels. Is claimed to stimulte collagen production in skin but evidence is lacking
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.15%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%

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