In a previous post, I reviewed Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream. You can read my original post here, where I went into detail about the feel and moisturizing effect of this cream. Overall, while I liked the cream as a day moisturizer, I wasn’t really sure how beneficial the ingredients were, so ultimately I gave this moisturizer an 8/10, but I only gave the ingredients 7/10.
Well, on a particularly boring evening, I decided to actually do some research on the dozens of different extracts in this moisturizer, and I am now pleasantly surprised with what I found! Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream is actually filled with antioxidants and soothing ingredients, some have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. I realized that I needed to update my original review and give this moisturizer a new grade. So the following is an expansion on my original review, with more details on the ingredients.
As you can see, the ingredient list is MASSIVE. And surprisingly, very few acne-triggering ingredients. (I was particularly happy that there was no cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, etc… God I hate those fatty acids. They’re primarily responsible for causing acne in my skin, and unfortunately they’re EVERYWHERE. Even in products that are “made” for acne-prone skin. But anyway… I digress.) Thankfully this cream barely has negative ingredients, and is actually good for my acne-prone and sensitive skin. The product comes with a TON of different extracts, and I didn’t really understand what the benefits were until recently. Nature Republic’s website in English doesn’t advertise all the benefits to their cream. So here’s a short breakdown of the info I could find on some of the extracts:
Sea Water: Number 1 on the ingredient list, and it replaces regular “aqua” that you would normally find in cosmetics. Sea Water, surprisingly, is close in mineral composition to human blood plasma. “Both blood plasma and seawater contain naturally occurring trace elements and minerals, and the concentration of each mineral present is very similar. Seawater is so close to the body’s internal environment that if white blood cells are removed from the body and placed in a sterile diluted seawater solution, they are able to maintain normal cell function—this is the only solvent that will accommodate continued cellular activity. The human body needs replenishment of minerals, such as zinc, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium on a daily basis. Because seawater contains the body’s ideal balance of minerals, it is the perfect medium to restore these levels. Minerals and trace elements are important catalysts to all cell functions. Maintaining ideal mineral levels is key to preventing cellular imbalances and boosting every cell function.” Skin Inc. Woah! I had no idea.
Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract: This root has been used in traditional oriental medicine to treat skin inflammation. Particularly, it’s the polysaccharides found in this root extract that is beneficial to the skin. This root is very moisturizing for the skin, with almost the same moisturizing effect as hyaluronic acid. In addition, this extract has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Journal of Cosmetic Science.
Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract: AKA Love-Lies-Bleeding (how awesome is this name? So goth.) This is a plant oil that is a natural source of the moisturizing agent squalene, so it helps to lock in moisture in the skin. It also helps increase elasticity and has antioxidant properties. Pai Skincare.
Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract: AKA Kava Kava. This ingredient is a little controversial and is banned in some countries. I’m not sure if they also ban it in cosmetics. In terms of skincare, this extract helps to promote wound healing, and has even been used for certain skin diseases such as leprosy. WebMD.
Portulaca Oleracea Extract: AKA Pigweed, is full of vitamins and minerals. It’s a potent antioxidant, as a natural source of Vitamins A, C, E, and co-enzyme Q10. It’s also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
I really can’t go through all the different extracts, because that would take forever! But you get the idea… The extracts added to this cream are actually really beneficial for the skin and I’m really glad I took the time to look some of them up! If you want to look up more of the extracts, you can get the list of ingredients from cosdna.
This is a really good day cream! Although I’ve tried other moisturizers during the day (reviews will come later!), I find that I keep coming back to this one because it leaves my skin plump, not super shiny, and with my pores slightly diminished.
Pros: Decent day moisturizer even in the winter, and good at diminishing the look of pores like a face primer. And all the extracts are really good for the skin!
Cons: not moisturizing enough for night.
Total score: 9/10
Ingredients: 9.5/10 (very few acne-triggering ingredients, sea water, a ton of different extracts)
Quality: 8/10 (Quality is decent – moisturizes well, and I’m excited about all the soothing ingredients and antioxidants.)
Wear: 9/10 (absorbed well into skin and left my skin looking better, like I just put a ton of primer on it.)
Price: 8/10 (cheap moisturizer, paid only around $20 for 2.7 oz of product, and is a fairly good deal for a decent moisturizer.)