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Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a new mainstay in my medicine cabinet.
Look, for years, when my normal, T-zone oily, slightly sensitive skin would get overly dry, I would reach for my Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Moisturizer, slather it on, and then apply regular moisturizer and sunscreen and get on with my day. And when friends with drier skin types would have skin that would get even drier, I would recommend belif The True Moisturizing Bomb for a few days, for the same purpose.
But Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream may be a new alternative to both. It is returning to Peter Thomas Roth’s scientific roots as a skincare brand: Here, you’re getting an unprecedented, concentrated 30% hyaluronic acid. Let that drink in for a moment. (Pun intended). It claims it hydrates for up to 72 hours after a single application, and, truth be told, I believe they are right, unless your skin is extremely dry.
Hyaluronic Acid is Hydrating and Temporarily Fills Fine Lines, Wrinkles
Let’s talk about hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural moisturizing factor (NMF). It is naturally found in the skin. But hyaluronic acid is naturally produced and found in the uppermost layer of the skin, so when you topically apply hyaluronic acid, it has similar effects to when it’s naturally produced. This is different from, say, collagen, which is produced and found predominantly in the deeper layers of the skin, so when you topically apply collagen, it has very little effect other than hydration and temporary skin plumping.
When you apply hyaluronic acid to the skin, it draws water into the skin, reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). It helps to temporarily stabilize and maintain the complex intercellular-skin matrix, which is the “glue” that holds the skin together. Hyaluronic acid also creates a slight swelling of the skin that temporarily reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
When it comes to the top skincare ingredients, hyaluronic acid rarely makes it, because it creates mainly hydration and temporary cosmetic effects. However, according to Dr. Howard Murad, hydration of the skin with hyaluronic acid allows the skin to operate at optimum capacity, and provides a better defense against environmental assaults.
3 Sizes of Hyaluronic Acid in Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Acid Cloud Cream is Important
ProHyal+® is the complex in Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream that contains three different sizes of hyaluronic acid.
In general, the smaller the hyaluronic acid particles, the better. In research studies, new nano-hyaluronic acid forms have been shown to create a significant benefit in decreasing the depth of wrinkles (up to 40%), and skin hydration (up to 96%) and skin firmness and elasticity were significantly enhanced (up to 55%) at the end of eight weeks (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2014).
Ceramides Also Help to Hydrate
Like hyaluronic acid, ceramides are naturally produced and found in the skin. And like hyaluronic acid, topical supplementation of ceramides on the skin help to replenish ceramide levels (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2014). Different ceramides carry different functions, but all ceramides help to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. For instance, Ceramide 1 helps strengthen skin’s appearance, Ceramide 3 helps the skin hold essential moisture, and Ceramide 6 helps exfoliate and retexturize. In all, there are ten different ceramides available in skincare today – ceramide 1, ceramide 3, ceramide 6, ceramide AP, ceramide EOP, ceramide NG, ceramide NP, ceramide NS, phytosphingosine, and sphingosine.
A Weak, But Still Important, Dose of Vitamins C and E
.Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream also contains vitamin C as ascorbyl palmitate and vitamin E as tocopherol. Although they are listed in the top half of ingredients (and hence are more concentrated than half of the ingredients), I’m not altogether convinced this is a solid way to get a dose of vitamins C and E. For one, the packaging is in a jar, so you’re going to experience some degradation of ascorbyl palmitate with light, heat, and air, even if ascorbyl palmitate is more stable than L-ascorbic acid. And for another, I’m not sure that it will be efficient for vitamin C and E to get through glycerin, hyaluronic acid, silicones, and ceramides to penetrate through to the skin.
That said, it’s a great product, but I would still use a favorite vitamin CE serum (ours or another brand, if you prefer).
Suggested Usage (Peter Thomas Roth):
For best results, apply twice daily to face and neck with continued use.
If your skin gets dry from time to time, then I highly recommend applying Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream during those times. It contains natural moisturizing factors like 30% hyaluronic acid and glycerin, plus ultra-hydrating ceramides. I will personally be applying it when I notice my face feels tight during winter. Love it!
Ingredients in Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Saccharide Isomerate, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ceteareth-25, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica.