Our Deep-Dive Review: SkinCeuticals Emollience

Our Deep-Dive Review: SkinCeuticals Emollience

I think I can finally say with my whole heart that my skin has made the transition from combination-oily to combination-dry. I saw the writing on the wall as soon as I hit my 30s, but now that I’m basically in my mid-30s, I can tell that my skin has changed—permanently.

And now, I gotta add cold, dry weather (and dry indoor heat) to the equation. I’ve been waking up in the morning with extremely tight skin, flaky patches, and irritation—all signs of dry, dehydrated skin. I’ve upped my water intake (something that always plummets during the cold months), but it wasn’t until the SkinCeuticals Emollience moisturizer came into my life that I finally got some much needed relief.


SkinCeuticals Emollience: The Texture

SkinCeuticals Emollience is a nourishing moisturizer designed for normal to dry skin—my exact sweet spot. Its main job is to moisturize and calm dry, irritated skin. I don’t know about you, but the name “Emollience” just screams Vaseline-like texture to me, so I was super wary of it initially (like my skin is dry but not that dry). But thankfully, it actually has a creamy but lightweight texture that sinks into the skin almost immediately. My skin literally soaked it up like a cactus in the desert after a short rainstorm. It spreads easily too, and doesn’t pill under or over other products.


The Ingredients

So let’s talk about ingredients, shall we? The notable ingredients in the Emollience formula are algae extracts, a blend of oils including macadamia nut, rosehip, and grapeseed, and a smattering of good-for-your-skin essential oils like lavender, peppermint, and rosemary. Despite the essential oils, the Emollience moisturizer doesn’t have a strong scent. Instead, it’s super light and elegant, like something you’d find at an expensive spa.

But what exactly do the other ingredients do? Allow me to explain.

Algae extract sounds kinda yucky, but these aquatic microorganisms have been used in skin care for years. Studies have shown that they have the potential to be beneficial in skin care, but the research isn’t 100% conclusive. However, we know that they certainly don’t hurt. The Emollience moisturizer has a blend of three different types of algae extracts that work together to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Grapeseed oil is known for being high in vitamin E and acts as an antioxidant ingredient, protecting your skin from environmental damage (like cold and wind). Research suggests that grapeseed oil also makes your skin more bouncy and elastic and can firm up skin as well.

Rosehip oil is one of my all-time favorite oils. It literally does everything and addresses nearly every skin care concern that one can have—it tackles acne and hyperpigmentation, hydrates and moisturizes the skin, regenerates and heals wounds, helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and even boosts collagen production. Told you it did it all!


The Results

The Emollience moisturizer is suitable for both day and nighttime use, and I’ve had it in my rotation for both my AM and PM routine. It’s not super heavy so it doesn’t cake up under makeup and gives my skin a nice, natural glow. It feels equally luxurious to apply at night, especially after I’ve had a challenging workout and my skin is all dry from wiping sweat off. At night, I like to apply an oil on top to really seal in all of that yummy moisturizing goodness.

I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin health since I’ve added Emollience into my routine. My skin is baby soft, and all of the flakes and dryness I was experiencing before are completely gone. Also, I never experienced any breakouts or irritation of any kind.

Honestly, Emollience is one of those moisturizers that’s incredibly basic on the surface (even the packaging is muy basic), but it does exactly what it says it’s going to do, and does a very, very, very good job of doing it. My skin feels normal again, and all I needed was this one cream—no heavy, pore-clogging heaviness over here!

What is your favorite winter moisturizer? Let me know in the comments!


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