Monday, January 24, 2011
Review : H20+ Face Oasis Shine-Neutralizing Gel (Oil-Free)
This cooling, oil-free gel provides targeted, continuous hydration while minimizing the appearance of surface oil and shine. Micronized silica absorb and mattify surface shine, shrinking the appearance of pores and improving skin texture. Nourishing multi-vitamins, phospholipids and hydrating marine algae zero in on dehydrated skin to deliver continuous water-based moisture
- Achieve a clear, balanced, and lasting matte complexion
- Tighten pores and improve skin texture
- Sea Mineral Complex and hydrating marine algae provide targeted, continuous moisture
Key Ingredients :
Micronized Silica: This finely ground mineral, found frequently in quartz and other aggregate rocks, helps minimize the look of pores, visibly refine skin’s texture and diminish surface shine
Phospholipids: Cellular compatible microspheres that deliver active ingredients within the epidermal layers while helping to improve skin texture
Oil-Controlling Marine Blend: A dynamic composition of algae that neutralizes oil prone skin while delivering essential moisture.
•Dulse: Reddish-purple leaves that sprawl along the north Atlantic coast; naturally hydrates the skin while absorbing excess surface oil
•Gigartina: Red fan-like spores that thrive in brisk marine waters near Ireland and Scotland; rich in trace minerals known to help to regulate oil production
•Neptune Kelp: Golden brown algae that form towering deep-sea canopies near New Zealand; helps decrease skin’s oil output by calming overactive sebaceous glands
This was a GWP with my H20 purchase last year and upon realizing that its a shine-neutralizing product, I was not keen to use it, though I do think my T-zone does need it badly. I do not actually go out of my way to look for mattifying products, its not in my area of interest. I need hydrating products, yes. I need oil-free products, yes. But just not mattifying products as I think a tissue paper will do the trick alright and I personally feel that I do not want to damage my skin by asking my pores to stop producing oil. Do I sound weird? Alright, I think I sound weird, or rather my analogy certainly sounds that way.
Anyway, the word "oil-free" caught my attention. Haha. So I used the 10ml sample anyway. The light green gel has the distinct marine scent, which is usually associated with H20 products. It does have the cooling gel effect. Texture is more lightweight than its Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment hence it gets absorbed into the skin quite easily without leaving a greasy or sticky after feel.
On optimal skin condition, it works like a lightweight moisturiser, without extra hydration. However, on dehydrated skin, it is bad, real bad. It does nothing for the skin at all. I would think its more suitable for those with oily skin.
I used it on both day and night to see if there is any difference in the shine factor but I feel that the level of shine on my skin are about the same with or without the product so I would say the oil absorbing benefits just does not work on my skin.
It scored a 9 on Total Beauty by 2 users and 4.3 from 6 users on Makeupalley
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-7, Dimethicone, Glycosaminoglycans, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phospholipids, Benzophenone-4, Fragrance (Parfum),
Panthenol, Zinc PCA, Linalool, Butylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Micrococcus Lysate, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Retinyl Palmitate, Himanthalia
Elongata Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Gigartina Stellata Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Plankton Extract, Green 3 (CI 42053), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Green 5 (CI 61570)
Source : Amazon , H20