We have a saying in Italy, “The small barrel preserves the best wine”.
The same’s true for moisturizers. Mad Hippie Face Cream is TINY. As you take the bottle out of the box, you’ll be like, “Is this all there is?!”
It’s kinda disappointing… until you slather the cream all over your face. The juice inside is SO good, its performance more than makes up for its small size. Here’s why:
Key Ingredients In Mad Hippie Face Cream
Aloe Vera To Hydrate Skin
Mad Hippie Face Cream contains its fair share of oils – like safflower and coconut – to create a protective barrier on the skin that seals moisture in.
But where does that moisture come from? Aloe Vera. A 2016 study shows that Aloe Vera is a humectant. That’s a fancy way of saying it draws moisture from the air and locks it into your skin.
If you’ve ever suffered from a sunburn, you’ll know how soothing Aloe Vera is. It calms down irritations and reduces redness.
The catch? 99.5% of Aloe Vera is just water. Only the remaining 0.5% contains the “combination of mucopolysaccharides, choline and choline salicylate“ that gives it its superpowers.
You know what that means? You need A LOT of Aloe Vera for it to work. It’s the second ingredient here, so we’re all good.
Related: 9 Ingredients To Soothe Irritated And Sensitive Skin
Peptides To Firm Skin
Peptides have gone mainstream. In the past year, they’ve sneaked their way into every skincare product you can think of. Mad Hippie Face Cream contains 2:
- Matrixyl Synthe ‘6: this peptide boosts the production of 3 types of collagen + hyaluronic acid to keep skin firm and hydrated. So far, the only studies supporting these claims come from the manufacturer, so take them with a pinch of salt.
- Syntacks: another peptide that boosts 3 types of collagen. According to the manufacturer, it increases the production of type IV collagen by 190%. That’s promising, but I’m still waiting for independent studies to confirm it.
I’m not saying peptides don’t work. But without independent studies, we can’t say how well they work. Until then, I don’t recommend you buy a moisturiser just because it contains peptides.
But if it contains prove to work goodies like niacinamide and antioxidants + peptides? Go for it. That’s the case here. Phew!
Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?
Niacinamide, The Most Versatile Skincare Ingredient
Mad Hippie Face Cream contains one of my fave ingredients: niacinamide. This form of Vitamin B3 is a do-it-all. I’m not kidding. Studies show that niacinamide:
- Hydrates skin: it’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
- Soothes skin: it alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
- Lightens skin: it reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
- Helps treat wrinkles: preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
- Treats acne: its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel
You name it, niacinamide does it.
Related: The Complete Guide To Niacinamide: What It Is, What It Does & How To Use It
Antioxidants To Prevent Wrinkles
Mad Hippie Face Cream is loaded with antioxidants. It has resveratrol, green tea, white tea and coenzyme Q10, to name just a few.
Antioxidants work because they destroy free radicals. It goes something like this: UV rays (or pollutants/inflammation/other nasties) damage molecules so they lose one electron.
These little molecules want to be whole again, so they travel trough your skin, looking for a healthy molecule to rob. It’s the start of a chain reaction that damages collagen, elastin and everything else they find in their track.
Antioxidants can stop it. They patrol your skin looking for free radicals. When they spot one, they neutralise it before they can wreak further havoc.
FYI, it’s pretty rare to find resveratrol and white tea in a skincare product, let alone in the same moisturizer. This one is a keeper!
Related: The Most Common Antioxidants Used In Skincare
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Mad Hippie Face Cream is one of those rare moisturizers that work for all skin types. Its texture is rich enough to moisturize dry patches, yet lightweight enough to sink in quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind.
My skin has become drier since I’ve moved to London (or maybe I’m just getting older), but now the weather is getting warmer, the sebaceous glands on my t-zone are going into overdrive again.
This moisturizer works well all over. It keeps my skin soft and supple for the entire day, makes the fine lines around my eyes look temporarily smaller, and makes a wonderful base for makeup.
It doesn’t dry matte, but it’s not dewy either. I wouldn’t say it gives me a healthy glow – more like it gives me healthy skin and that has a natural glow of its own. Know what I mean?
The best part? It didn’t make me breakout or irritate my skin. FYI, the light herbal scent you’re smelling is not artificial. It’s the natural smell of the ingredients. It’s not my cup of tea, but it doesn’t linger around long.
Available at: $25.99/£24.00 at Free People, Mad Hippie and Ulta
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Ingredients: Water, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Cetearyl Alcohol, Matrixyl Synthe ‘6 (Peptide: Glycerin – Aqua – Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin – Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38), Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil), Glycerin, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Syntacks (Peptide: Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl – Hydroxythreonine – Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate), Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Sorbic Acid, C10-18 Triglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Oil), Potassium Sorbate, Resveratrol, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil), Citric acid, Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract), Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), Acai Extract (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Extract), Pomegranate Seed (Punica Granatum Seed Extract), Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Steam Distilled Lime Extract (Citrus Aurantifolia Extract)