I’ve been searching for a BB cream that suits my dry, sun damaged skin, and I think my long search may be over. I ordered a product called Hydroxatone http://bit.ly/14Ms2mZ from iFabbo, a website for beauty bloggers, in exchange for the “currency” I receive by reviewing products.
I’ve been really busy traveling on business lately, and to be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the brand, and I didn’t really notice what the product was that I ordered. When I got home from my trip, a box was waiting for me. I opened it, and to my surprise, it was BB cream! I think I thought I was going to receive serum. Since I was still on my BB cream quest, I was delighted.
The product I received was Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB Cream http://bit.ly/14Ms2mZ.
The tube lists lots of benefits:
“BB is your all-in-one multi tasking protecting cream that hydrates, de-ages, protects, brightens and perfects skin in just one step.
Multi-benefit formula: Advanced anti-aging technology and protection and immediate perfecting coverage
Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 40
Protects from the elements and oxidative stress with potent antioxidants
Soothes and nourishes with natural anti-irritants and vitamins
Evens out skin tone and brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and an advanced encapsulated peptide
Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and overall skin aging as it firms and lifts, making skin instantly look flawless and more youthful.”
The website for Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB Cream also states that the product contains:
Support optimal skin health by promoting the skin’s own regenerative properties help stimulate collagen used during the skin’s own regenerative process
Formulated with an ingredient that help skin stem cells maintain their natural renewal capacity
PhytoCellTec™ & EMortal™
Formulated with ingredients that increase the vitality of the skins’ stem cells.
Contains ingredients that support the natural renewal process of the skin
After reading all the potential benefits, I was eager to try it. I put it on the next morning, and come to mama, I think I have found my BB. I should mention that I applied my moisturizer first as I always do, regardless of whether I’m using BB cream or a traditional foundation. My skin is so dry that I am uncomfortable without it. If you are younger than I or have normal to oily skin, most likely you will not need to do that.
Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB Cream provided medium to almost full coverage for me. It covered most of my sun damage, and I dabbed a bit more on my largest spots and it covered them, too. That shocked me as I always have to apply concealer. I applied the BB with my fingers, but you could definitely use a foundation brush. I found it easy to apply, blendable and buildable. My skin felt smoother, satiny, and with a sort of “protected” feeling. My fine lines were less visible. I typically wear a lightweight foundation (Almay Smart Shade Anti-aging), and this is heavier coverage than that, for sure. I kept wanting to touch my face because it felt so good. I checked the ingredients and it contains a number of different versions of dimethicone, so no wonder it feels so smooth.
Overall, the product provided just about all of the benefits that I was able to judge. I can’t say whether it brightened or not.
Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB Cream has an SPF 40, higher than the vast majority of BBs on the market. The broad spectrum coverage is delivered by a physical barrier sunscreen (titanium dioxide) rather than chemicals, and that’s important to me.
But here’s the hitch. The shade that iFabbo sent is Medium, and to my utter sadness, it’s a little too dark for me. It has a slight yellow undertone that works to tone down my skin’s redness.
I am usually a Light, and I must be Light in this brand as well. See, it’s not my shade, so I’m not showing you a face shot. 🙁
I am going to hold onto this for a few weeks to see if it’ll be a match once my face gets a bit of a tan (though I wear sunscreen every day, I spent a lot of time outdoors and I always get darker). And if it doesn’t work out, I will definitely give this to a friend.
Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB Cream is sold on the company website in 5 shades — Light, Medium, Tan, Deep Tan, and Dark (that looks like it would be dark enough for dark skin shades) for $59.95 for a 1.5 fl. oz/45 mL tube. That’s expensive! It is now sold at Ulta http://bit.ly/14Ms2mZ for $39.00 as well as at drugstore.com, Amazon, the DermStore, HSN, and a number of other online sites. It’s made in the U.S.
The ingredients in Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB Cream in the Medium shade include:
|Titanium Dioxide 12.16%||Sunscreen|
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Glycereth-26, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Alumina, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Boron Nitride, Methicone, Sodium PCA, Propanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Urea, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Triethyoxycaprylylsilane, Adenosine, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oligopeptide-68, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Lecithin, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Beta-Glucan, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Oleate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopherol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phytosterols, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, sh-Polypeptide- 7, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Iron Oxides
- matrixyl: boosts collagen production
- hyaluronic acid: helps skin retain moisture
- physical barrier sunscreen.
Some of the products also contains an ingredient called, argirelene, that they say relaxes facial muscles (a kind of botox-like effect? no that freezes muscles). Sounds intriguing.
Surprisingly, I also discovered online a somewhat odd “marketing campaign” in which a company website or PR release focusses on the necessity of buying it directly from the manufacturer, otherwise they cannot attest to the authenticity of the product. Not sure whether that’s just hype or whether there have been attempts to counterfeit their formula!
Have any of you tried Hydroxatone’s Anti-aging BB Cream? If so, what was your experience? Or have you tried any of their other products? Please let me know!
The product was provided for consideration. As always, the opinions are my own.