"Pacifica - Hardcore Happy Power Shimmer Body Lotion" has a good moisturizing formula. As we expect from a proper moisturizer, the formula includes a combo of effective humectants and emollients. These are the two different types of ingredients that are essential for improving the skin hydration and supporting a healthy skin barrier. Panthenol and glycerin 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). Emollients in this formulation (helianthus annuus seed oil, cetearyl alcohol and glyceryl stearate) help to reduce the moisture loss from the skin. They also soften the skin surface and relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness.
- This formulation also includes panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) at about 4.60% - 6.80% concentration. In this concentration, panthenol works effectively to improve the skin barrier and reduce inflammation.
This formulation includes some common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide a benefit for the skin. 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.
About the brand
According to Cruelty-Free Kitty "Pacifica" is cruelty free and so is its parent company.
What does the product description say?
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: 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: helianthus annuus seed oil, cetearyl alcohol.
The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol
Other benefit: Anti-aging
This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains gluconolactone.
Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.
Other benefit: Evens skin tone
This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: gluconolactone
Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.
Other benefit: Exfoliation
This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: gluconolactone.
Other benefit: Anti-oxidation
This product contains antioxidants (gluconolactone) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.
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Ingredients & concentrations
- caprylic/capric triglyceride
- Sunflower seed oil
- titanium dioxide
- +2 more
|40% - 60%|
|Plain old water|
|4.6% - 6.8%|
|Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function|
|3.7% - 5.6%|
|A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals|
|0.25% - 0.5%|
|2.2% - 3.3%|
|One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant|
|1.7% - 2.5%|
|Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin|
|1.5% - 2.2%|
|Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light|
|1.6% - 2.4%|
|Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin|
|1% - 1.6%|
|0.85% - 1.3%|
|Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures|
|0.6% - 1.35%|
|A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin|
|0.5% - 1.15%|
|An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together|
|0.4% - 0.9%|
|Used to help oil and water mix together. Can be irritating|
|0.4% - 1%|
|A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture|
|0.2% - 0.7%|
|Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture|
|0.15% - 0.7%|
|A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function|
|0.1% - 0.45%|
|Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect|
|0.05% - 0.3%|
|An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients|
|0.05% - 0.25%|
|Used to create a thicker product consistency|
|0.1% - 0.4%|
|0.05% - 0.3%|
|An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499. They might be able to offer some protection against visible light, but the degree of the protection is not clear|
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