Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer review

What do you look for in a moisturiser?

A. A moisture boost.

B. A plumping action that makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller.

C. Protection from the harsh hot and cold temperatures.

Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer promises to do all this and more. Does it deliver?

Let’s find out:

What’s In Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer?

COCOA BUTTER TO MOISTURIZE SKIN

Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa beans. Duh!

It’s a multitasker that acts as an emollient to keep your skin soft and smooth and as an antioxidant to fight the free radicals that bring premature wrinkles.

There’s only one HUGE flaw with it: it doesn’t make this cream smell like chocolate. Boo!

ARGAN OIL TO MOISTURISE SKIN, TOO

Argan oil is in there, too. Derived from the kernels of the argan tree, this oil is chockfull of fatty acids, like linoleic and oleic.

Fatty acids are literally the building blocks of your skin’s protective barrier. They patch up any holes in it, strengthen its defences, and make skin softer and smoother.

Plus, Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent wrinkles.

P.S. Argan oil isn’t the only oil in here. But it’s the one that does the bulk of the work.


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DIMETHICONE TO MINIMISE FINE LINES

Dimethicone is a heavy silicone. No, it doesn’t suffocate skin or clog pores.

What it does is make wrinkles look smaller. Dimethicone fills every nook and cranny in your skin, a trick that blurs out pores and makes fine lines look less obvious – for a while. As soon as you wash it off, they’re still there.

While it’s at it, Dimethicone also gives slip to a product and makes the texture silky smooth.

Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?

Texture

Rich, but not greasy.

Fragrance

It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

In the morning, in between serum and sunscreen. You can also use it at night as the last step of your skincare routine.

Performance & Personal Opion

I use Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer in the mornings only. No particular reason. I try lots of different products and have only one face… You do the math.

But you can use it at night, too. It sinks into my skin fast, leaves no greasy residue behind and leaves my skin soft and moisturized for most of the day. 

Bonus point: it makes my fine lines look smaller (but the effect is temporary).

Oh, one more thing: the most eagle-eyed of you may have spotted some UV filters in the ingredient list. Ignore them. This moisturiser doesn’t provide adequate sun protection. You still need a separate sunscreen for that.

Related: Do Cosmetics With SPF Provide Adequate Sun Protection?

Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Moisturizer

Who Is This For?

Dry skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

Oily and/or acne-prone skin.

Packaging

A simple, see-through jar. It’s not the prettiest and it doesn’t keep the antioxidants inside too safe from the light and air that may spoil them overtime.

Does Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer Live Up To Its Claims?

CLAIMTRUE?
Plump, hydrate and nourish dry skin while improving the skin’s natural barrier, reducing sensitivity and increasing elasticity.It doesn’t increase elasticity, but it does everything else.
Royal Jelly: An ultra nourishing super food containing high levels of vitamin A B C D E and 18 amino acids to encourage new collagen and elastin production.Notice how it doesn’t say the cream does this. It says royal jelly does this. It’s true, but there’s not enough royal jelly here to do much.

Price & Availability

£46.00 at Look Fantastic

Do You Need It?

If you’ve got dry skin, it’s a good option to consider.

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Dupes & Alternatives

Ingredients

Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Aqua, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Soluble Collagen, Pearl Powder, Ubiquinone, Royal Jelly, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Paniceum Milliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Oryzanol, Arginine, Maris Sal, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tannic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.