Even if you're not a beauty enthusiast, most likely you have at least two skincare items in your cabinet: a cleanser and a daily moisturiser. Personally, I could name several enjoyable and effective cleansers worth of re-purchasing, but most day creams are nothing to write home about. I use one up and move forward. I went as far as thinking that a day cream or moisturiser doesn't even matter that much - as long as you're using a great essence and a serum or treatment, you're good to go. Just slap whatever on the top to seal them in. Then, I purchased January Labs lotion from Cult Beauty and fell in love, and later I got a generous package from January with her Revitalizing Day Cream. Time for testing!
I was going to publish this review after I've chatted more with the founder of January Labs about her brand, but I could no longer contain my excitement about this product. January Labs is based in California and founded by January Olds, a licensed aesthetician and who has worked nearly 20 years in the beauty industry and studied ingredient technology. What I've chatted with her she seems very genuine, lovely person and very passionate about skincare. She thinks of her brand as a perfect combination of science and nature, which I can see in her product formulations: they're packed with the cleaned ingredients available, but expect to deliver results, skipping any harmful or unnecessary additives. Sounds like a winner combination to me. The January Labs Revitalizing Day Cream is 50ml and retails for $68.00 on their website and £51.00 (~56.90€) on Cult Beauty.
The January Labs Revitalizing Day Cream is a very promising day cream - or lotion, if you will. Firstly, it's packed in a hygienic pump - no fingers or air gets in touch with the ingredients inside. I hate to pay a fortune for a luxurious cream in a jar and have the danger of oxidation every time I use it. January Labs' white plastic packaging also protects the inside from sunlight. It would be useful if you could somehow tell how much cream is left inside the packaging, but you can estimate by feeling its weight. The packaging is sturdy, simple, with a beautiful logo and typography. I think the pattern inside box is just adorable, I wish they had included more of it in the the actual packaging.
The cream is more like a pale yellowish lotion. It spreads effortlessly and less than one pump is enough for my whole face. Don't I love pumps that distribute the perfect amount! The cream sinks in a matter of seconds, providing instant hydration and plumping effect to my skin. The feel on the skin is slightly tacky, but not overly so it would bother me. I will apply my heavy duty sunscreen afterwards anyway. There's a slight tingling sensation on my skin for a few minutes, which could be the Vitamin C in the cream according to January.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Beantree Oil, Beta-Glucan, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, C14-22 Alcohols, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark (Maritime Pine) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Glycerin, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleacea Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Extract, Aristotelia Chilensisui Fruit Extract, Aronia Arbutifolia/Aronia Melanocarpa (Chokeberry) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
The formula is rich in antioxidants and botanical ingredients from various plant and berry extracts that help to fight free radical damage. Niacimide, also known as Vitamin B, is a high up in the ingredient list and well known for its effectiveness in anti-ageing and brightening skin tone. Beta-glucan, a polysaccharide sugar from oats or yeast is a skin soothing agent and improvess the look of sensitive skin. As I suffer from redness and acne scaring (PIH), all these ingredients make me very pleased. Antioxidants and niacimide is just what I've wanted for my morning routine. According to COSDNA the other bulk of the ingredients are mainly moisturisers (such as plant oils) and and emollient ingredients. The formulation is perfume free but has a very light citrus scent to it, probably from the Citrus Aurantifolia Oil.
Despite being a light lotion texture, I feel the Revitalizing Day Cream brings instant hydration and plumpness to my dry skin. I haven't had any dry patches despite the weather changing for colder and I find the name "revitalizing" feels quite accurate. I tend to use a lot of essences and hydrating toners, but it's this cream in my routine that feels the most moisturising and effective - alone or sealing in all the previous skincare steps. I love it how my skin feels bouncy, plump and fresh without one bit greasy residue after applying.
January Labs Revitalizing Day Cream delivers what it promises, the formulation being a beautiful marriage between nature and science. This day cream is the product I am looking forward to use the most every morning. I'm almost out of my gifted bottle and I will definitely purchase this again and again.
Have you tried anything from January Labs?
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