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What is it?
It is a hydrating moisturizer. Or a moisturizing hydrator. Very versatile product designed to hydrate and moisturize skin up to 72 hours as the brand Peter Thomas Roth claims. Key ingredient is hyaluronic acid, or rather its salt form – sodium hyaluronate.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring polysaccharide present in our body. It is even present, but in very small amount of 0.5% in Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF), a mix of various natural humectants in our skin cells. Illustration and more on this subject I mentioned here. Humectants attract water, and that is what hyaluronic acid does best – even 1,000 times its molecular weight!
Hyaluronic acid in cosmetics is synthetic, though.
The size does matter in this case, as hyaluronic acid with its molecules too big to penetrate skin cannot do much more than to sit on top of it. So, to avoid that, for skin care purpose, sodium hyaluronate, a smaller molecule is used. The smaller molecule, easier it penetrates skin and goes deeper into its layers to do its job – retaining moisture.
Cosmetic industry loves sodium hyaluronate because it is rather cheap, easy to obtain, safe, and most of all it is good at its job. If you check your moisturizers’ ingredients, you will find sodium hyaluronate in most of them.
So hyaluronic acid draws water, humidity, from the air. But what if that air is dry, air conditioned, heated, pesky dry air? Then from where it would draw water? From the skin itself.
Yes, it would dry out the skin. Instead of plump, bouncy, shiny skin that your moisturizer promises, you face dehydrated, dull, dry, unpleasant desert all wondering what went wrong.
To avoid that, always sandwich your hyaluronic product (especially those with higher concentration of hyaluronic forms) between other hydrating and moisturizing products to feed it enough water. And always apply it on slightly damp skin. That should do the trick.
Also, if you have compromised skin barrier, or skin ceramides deficiency, hyaluronic acid would attract water, but the skin won’t be able to retain it as its ‘bricks’ aren’t nice and solid, so the dehydration effect is present again. In this case, the rule of thumb is to strengthen that skin barrier with ceramides and multiple layers of hydrators.
And there you go, Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream has both 30% hyaluronic acid complex plus ceramides to keep it all in.
This is what the brand says about it:
Drench your skin with a liquid cloud of pure, endless moisture drawn right from the atmosphere. This concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid complex cream transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water from the clouds, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere, helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture while ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin. Anti-oxidant-rich Elderberry helps defy the look of aging. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated and more youthful-looking complexion. Oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free. /Peter Thomas Roth/
This cream comes in beautifully designed cloud resembling 48 ml / 1.6 fl.oz. (strange dosage) jar. Some find this on its negative side, but I don’t mind it as I always use it with my spatula.
Consistency is very light, almost watery when applied on skin. Nice and very satisfying.
White colour, no scent.
How to use it?
For best results, apply twice daily to face and neck and with continued use. For external use only. /Peter Thomas Roth/
I mentioned above that this was hydrating moisturizer and moisturizing hydrator. Yes, exactly like that. This cream can be used as the moisturizer, in the last step of the skin care routine or just before the sun protection. Or as the only step after toner. Or as the hydrator used after toner, mist, acid or anything like that before your usual moisturizer. Very versatile, works your skin needs accordingly.
Water/Aqua/Eau, 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.
Water based, silky cream thanks to silicones and hydrolysed silk and mica. This is what the brand says:
- 3 molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid – helps improve hydration by attracting and retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the air.
- Ceramides – naturally occurring lipids help to moisturize the look of skin and lock in moisture.
- PENTAVITIN® – potent hydrator binds to skin to help provide continuous moisturization for up to 72 hours.
- Prohyal+™ – bio-engineered active from Mexican Blue Agave helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin.
- Elderberry Extract – helps provide anti-oxidant benefits.
- Silk Proteins – derivative of pure silk in a water-soluble form that helps leave skin with a soft, smooth feel. /Peter Thomas Roth/
Who is it for?
All skin types including sensitive
Does it work?
This is my second jar of this product. And I’m sure it won’t be the last.
It is a great hydrator and I love to use it in the night routines before the other moisturizers. Or during the day as the sole product. It works either way and will not let me down hydration-wise.
I’m in love with this texture. Puffy, cloud-like cream that turns into the liquid instant it touches the skin. Perfect texture, perfect application. It really makes me feel soft, warm raindrops on my face. Beautiful.
When rosacea strikes, though, it will not do much about it, as nothing would (this would be the time for the red alert skin remedies this and this), but it will do everything that it claims. I never tested that ambitious ‘72 hours of hydration’ claim as I would not deprive my skin of other skin care products, but this cream did make my skin healthier-looking.
This formulation is plain and simple excellent one, as the product by its very form would make any skin looking more youthful, silky and with less apparent fine lines and wrinkles (quoting the product claims) thanks to silicons, and very hydrating formula.
This is why the manufacturer states ‘For best results, apply twice daily to face and neck and with continued use’ as that effect is unfortunately not lasting. But nothing is, so do not find this remark as the negative one. This is just a hydrator or moisturizer. That’s what they do – hydrate and moisturize skin.
This cream will not heal the skin, calm down the breakouts, or become next acne or rosacea remedy. It will not erase wrinkles or reshape the face. But it will help other products do their job better just by doing its own. That job is making skin not thirsty, happy one. And this cream does it impeccably.
Yes! When it comes to hyaluronic acid, this is it!