What piqued my interest in MyChelle Dermaceuticals is that they are a brand that combines both nature and science to create products that are deeply hydrating. Their products are also vegetarian, cruelty-free, and free of artificial fragrances and colors, petroleum, and loads of other stuff. So if you are on the sensitive side and find your skin irritates easily, they are worth checking out based on that alone.
I tested out four of the products from their hyaluronic line. Here are my thoughts:
Ultra Hyaluronic Water Mask
The Ultra Hyraluonic Water Mask from MyChelle is, according to their website, “a refreshing hydration mask of moisture-binding Hyaluronic Acid, Blue Agave, and Prickly Pear Cactus to smooth and condition dull and dehydrated skin. Use as an overnight mask for ultimate hydration.”
Blue Agave: I am a little confused by the addition of blue agave here as I can’t find any studies demonstrating blue agave has any hydrating or smoothing benefits. American agave, Agave Americana, is the plant from which aloe vera is derived, but the blue agave is used for an entirely different matter altogether: the making of tequila! Blue agave is from a part of Mexico called Jalisco. The hearts of the blue agave are harvested from the plants with machetes, steamed, and ground. They are twice-fermented, resulting in the high alcohol content of tequila. Although there are numerous reports of skin irritation from blue agave, these case studies are related to the calcium oxalate crystals, called raphides, contained within the heart of the blue agave. These irritating raphides are surely not present in MyChelle skincare products, so it is not really a concern here.
The Ultra Hyraluonic Water Mask from MyChelle isn’t going to provide a ton of long term skin benefits, so I would pass unless you want something that will temporarily plump your skin prior to makeup application.
Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
The Ulta Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum from MyChelle is “a nourishing, active blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Squalane, Phospholipids, and Organic Rosehip Oil to boost moisture levels, and condition and soothe skin. Fortifying Amino Acids, including Arginine, provide powerful anti-pollution, antioxidant benefits.”
Arginine: Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid, meaning that it needs to be obtained through external sources under certain circumstances, as your body is often unable to manufacture adequate amounts of this amino acid on its own. A groundbreaking study published in Amino Acids found that when arginine was combined with glutamine and proline, these amino acids were able to reverse the skin damage caused by UV radiation!
Squalane: Squalane is one of the most common lipids produced by the skin cells and is a component of sebum. Squalane is commonly used as a moisturizer and acts as a quencher of singlet oxygen, protecting the skin’s surface from free radical damage caused by UV exposure. Although it is an oil, it does not have an oily feel and is odorless, noncomedogenic, and antibacterial, making it safe for sensitive skin. It is also used in treating skin concerns such as seborrheic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.
This is my favorite product from the MyChelle line! I definitely recommend it for those who have dry, sensitive skin. If you’re more on the oily/combo side, this one may be a bit too heavy for you due to the oils.
Ultra Hyaluronic Eye Gel
The Ultra Hyaluronic Eye Gel is “a cooling gel blend of Persian Silk Tree extract, Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid, and Magnolia Flower Oil that helps nourish and hydrate, and decrease the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines.”
Caffeine: Topical application of caffeine or caffeine sodium benzoate has been shown to have a sunscreen effect, enhance UVB-induced apoptosis, and inhibit UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis when applied to the skin of mice. The exact mechanism by which caffeine achieves these aims is not yet known, but it may be related to the fact that the caffeic acid found in caffeine has been found to have some antioxidant activity. The topical application of caffeine also dehydrates skin cells, making the skin temporarily appear smoother! Caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor, and its topical application may reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles, although only those caused by vasodilation.
Magnolia Flower Oil: Magnolia Flower Oil is pretty much just a trendy ingredient with okay antioxidant powers.
I don’t really believe in using eye creams for anything other than puffy eyes, in which case this product is great for! When looking for eye creams I only purchase those that contain caffeine, as it’s the best for combating under-eye puffiness.
Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream
The Ulta Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream from MyChelle is “a high-performance Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane-enriched moisturizer that delivers skin-quenching hydration combined with a nourishing botanical blend of Resistem™ Plant Stem cells, Blue Lotus, Rose Petals, and Freshwater Algae.”
Freshwater Algae: Algae is an excellent ingredient that is full of amino acids, proteins, and antioxidants. Its primary benefits are boosting hydration in the skin and boosting UV protection, making it fantastic for those looking to add some anti-aging benefits to their routine.
For those who are on the more oily/combo side of the skin spectrum, this is a must buy. It’s light while still being hydrating and it won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin.
Overall I really enjoyed this line! I would say that the hydrating cream is must buy for those with oily skin and the hydrating serum is better for those who are dry. The eye cream is a solid option for anyone suffering from undereye puffiness. The only pass for me here is the hydrating mask which I just don’t see having any real skin benefits outside of temporary hydration.