The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry Review

Hand Chemistry is a hand lotion from Deciem’s The Chemistry Brand that claims to target 8 signs of hand aging (brightness, elasticity, firmness, smoothness, density, evenness, hydration and texture), with noticeable results in 11 days.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Proline, Alanine, Serine, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Tocopherol, Betaine, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool

Some unfamiliar ingredients – Plukenetia Volubilis seed oil, also known as sacha inchi oil, is from the Amazon rainforest rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Copper lysinate/prolinate is an amino acid/mineral complex that has the potential to target signs of aging. Plantago Lanceolata (also known as plantain) leaf extract has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Hand Chemistry contains fragrance and limonene and linalool are used as fragrance as well.

Directions: Apply to clean hands morning and evening.

I am 39 years old and have noticed fine lines and dull, thin and dry skin on my hands over the last couple years. I’ve used Hand Chemistry for 2 months so far, morning and evening, a bit less than one pump.

This is quite a thick cream. The fragrance itself is not bad or particularly overpowering and fades after a bit, but there is something about it that really bothered me for the first few uses, so much so that I got headaches (which is unusual; I am not generally sensitive to smells). After a few uses I guess I got used to it and no longer get headaches. The scent is an odd, sweet, cherry, bubble gum smell.

The lotion absorbs quite quickly with no greasy or heavy residue that leaves a protective moisture barrier after massaging into the hands. If I use too much product, or continue to massage in after the lotion is mostly absorbed, the product pills on the skin. The hands feel immediately hydrated, smooth and soft, however, this feeling does not too long, nor lasts past a hand wash (or even just a rinse with water) as with some other hand lotions I’ve tried.

Hand Chemistry provided some surface hydration; I expected a better level of moisture after 2 months of twice-a-day use. My hands still feel dry.

I didn’t feel or notice any improvement in brightness or smoothing of fine lines just looking at my hands, but in the photos above, there is noticeable improvement in these areas, particularly with brightness around the knuckles and an overall smoothed appearance of fine lines on the hands. My skin does not feel like it has improved density.

I am undecided about this product; I had hoped hydration and moisture to be better, but there is improved brightness and smoothing of fine lines. I recently got a hand/body lotion with 10% glycolic acid, so maybe using this or another more hydrating lotion (my favorite is from Akita Rosewater) under the Hand Chemistry would show more improvement. I also wonder if I can get similar benefit with using a routine similar to facial skin care with hyaluronic acid, a toner, niacinamide and a hydrating lotion perhaps; so a few things to try in the coming months.

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The Chemistry Brand Heel Chemistry Review

Heel Chemistry is a lotion by Deciem’s The Chemistry Brand that can be used on the heels and other areas that are very dry. This formula claims to hydrate cracked skin and provide hydration below the surface to improve hard skin, while providing a cooling effect, with results within 2 weeks.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Betaine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool.

Heel Chemistry contains a marine complex proven to improve skin texture and hydration and counteracting extreme dryness. Calendula provides healing and regeneration for short term and long term results. This does not contain urea or acids.

Directions: Apply to dry areas twice a day for 14 days and then as-needed thereafter. This can be used on heels, hands, elbows, knees and other very dry areas.

This is a thicker cream that has a minty scent. It is not oily or greasy. It absorbs after a couple seconds and has a cooling effect from the menthol and menthyl lactate.

I have very dry feet and heels with layers of hard skin on my heel and a callous on my big toe. I used Heel Chemistry twice a day all over the feet for about 17 days and once a day for the remainder of the month.

I didn’t take a photo at 14 days, but there was improvement in hydration and the rough feeling of the skin.

At one month, my skin felt softer, more hydrated and the roughness was gone. The callous on my big toe was more hydrated and softer, but still felt thick.

Heel Chemistry comes in a 100 mL tube and lasted me one month, using as above. I hope Deciem makes a larger size at some point. Once I ran out, after a couple days, my heels started getting a bit drier and a bit rougher. Overall, the results are pretty great and I will repurchase.

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NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review

Sanskrit Saponins (SS) from Deciem’s NIOD is a pH-balanced, concentrated cleansing balm formulated with arginine and Ayurvedic plant surfactants. By deep-cleansing, SS claims to clean pores, clean dead skin cells without peeling and gently remove the skin’s own oils encouraging “natural recycling” of the oils. With continued use, SS is said to target build-up, congestion and blemishes. Claims are made that from the first use, SS leaves skin looking “pore-free,” clean and radiant.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arginine, Polysorbate 60, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca (Desert Date) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Melanin, Sorbic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

Directions: This is to be used once every other day in the morning or evening, but can be used more often if desired. SS is not intended to remove makeup or sunscreen, so cleanse the skin using another cleanser as a first step. Wet face and lather SS into a paste in the hands for a few seconds. Apply and massage gently, avoiding the eyes, then rinse.

I have oily skin prone to breakouts and blemishes and often get build-up and congestion, especially in the T-zone. I’ve been using this on and off for a long while, and have purchased three tubes thus far.

SS is a light tan/beige color with a thin, cream-like consistency. It smells rather yeasty, which I don’t mind. It doesn’t lather or foam on massaging into the skin.

This is a product that I didn’t realize was doing much of anything other than a nice cleanse until I stopped using it after a few weeks. I then started using again and realized it had helped with clearing dead skin, making the skin smoother, and skin appeared clearer and less congested around my nose and forehead. I have since been using this as a morning mask and cleanse (with much better results than using as just a cleanser), putting a rather generous amount on dry skin, letting it sit while brushing my teeth or showering, then massaging with a bit of water and rinsing. Using it like this, my skin is immediately smoother and more radiant-looking from the first use. With continued use, I don’t feel like my pores look smaller, but my skin is generally clearer, cleaner, less oily and feels less bumpy. SS helps small breakouts along the jawline and whiteheads on the forehead. For bigger pimples, I’m not sure they are cleared up any sooner than the usual healing time, but seems to help with redness and irritation of these larger pimples and helps prevent these breakouts. This has no effect on the blackheads around my nose. SS is also nice to use with the Foreo Luna. SS rinses well and is not drying.

SS comes in a metal tube and once punctured, product runs out on opening the lid for the first few uses. I then have to try and close the lid really fast while product continues to leak out around the lid. There have also been some inconsistencies in the formula between the three tubes I have bought. In one, the SS was thicker, one was thinner and the last tube I bought had some small, hard particles in it; these were not uniform like in a scrub and were rather sharp on the face, but seemed to dissolve slightly in water while massaging the cleanser on the face.

Sanskrit Saponins has become one of my favorite morning masks/cleansers. It provides the results claimed (except for the skin appearing pore-free) and I will continue to purchase.

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The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Review

Marine Hyaluronics from The Ordinary uses marine-derived water reservoirs that act as hyaluronic acid in that it performs as a humectant. This product claims to attract and hold water to the skin, providing hydration.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Algae Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

This product contains skin-friendly bacteria, red algae, blue-green algae, glycoprotein (works with ingredients like glycerine, hyaluronic acid, ceramides for healthy-looking skin) and amino acids. Sodium lactate can be used as a humectant.

Contrary to the name of this product, it does not contain hyaluronic acid. Some find hyaluronic acid products to be sticky or tacky and to pill under other products, such as with The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, that some reviewers have mentioned. I have not tried this one yet (I’m not sure I will) so can’t compare the two.

Directions state to apply a few drops to clean skin, morning and night, before creams.

For reference, my skin is oily in summer and combination in winter and prone to breakouts. I live in an area that is dry in both winter and summer. I’ve been using the Marine Hyaluronics for about 9 months, morning and evening.

The product comes in a dropper bottle. It is a light-weight, clear product with a very thin, water-like consistency. Because it so thin, I put the drops directly on my skin from the dropper; otherwise it runs through my fingers if applied that way. This might be better in a spray bottle. This can be mixed with The Ordinary’s 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder.

Some reviewers have mentioned that it smells bad; like fish or seaweed. I’ve purchased three bottles thus far and if anything, I thought it had maybe a plastic-like scent in the bottle; definitely not fish or seaweed, and I don’t smell anything when it is on my skin.

I apply this after cleansing and toning. The Marine Hyaluronics soaks right into the skin with no residue and no pilling with other products. When I used this for the first few weeks, my skin felt a bit more hydrated and not as tight, but I thought it should perhaps be doing more. I got no unusual breakouts with use.

I caught a YouTube video on hyaluronic acid and how these serums really only work when it’s raining and there’s a lot of moisture in the air. I figured the same must be true of the Marine Hyaluronics (being a humectant), so I then started misting my face with water; something like Caudalie Grape Water, Evian Mineral Water Spray or tap water in a spray bottle, then applying the Marine Hyaluronics. Neither water nor hyaluronic acid are hydrating on their own, but together they made quite a difference to my skin. This is how I found out I have dehydrated skin even though it is oily.

Since using a water mist, then applying the Marine Hyaluronics, my skin has been hydrated, less tight and more plump-looking with an overall nicer complexion. I use this on my hands and lips as well which are frequently dry. I also use this under my eyes. This product, along with NIOD’s SDSM, seemed to provide enough hydration for me in the summer, and now that it is getting colder, I’ve just started using the Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream.

To note, for skin to be fully moisturized while preventing water loss, it needs an emollient, a humectant and an occlusive, so water and the Marine Hyaluronics alone do not provide all three.

I quite like The Ordinary’s Marine Hyaluronics and have repurchased a few times now. I notice that my skin has a dry, slightly tight feeling when I do not use this product.

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The Ordinary Suncare Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 With Antioxidants Review

The Ordinary Suncare SPF 30 claims to offer lightweight mineral SPF protection (micronized titanium dioxide (5.44%) and zinc oxide (14.03%)) with antioxidants, anti-irritation and hydration in a noncomedogenic silicone base. To note, this is not labelled as having broad spectrum UV protection (protecting from UVA and UVB rays), as Deciem apparently did not test for it, but there is a high percentage of zinc oxide, so one can presume that it protects from UVA waves.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Astaxanthin, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Picea Mariana Bark Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Urea, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Isochrysis Galbana Extract, Lysolecithin, Lecithin, Triolein, Pentylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Tocopherol, Alumina, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. 

The antioxidants in the formula neutralize free radicals, protect from UV exposure and minimize the intensity of UV radiation penetrating the skin. The biosugar complex increases the skin’s ability to hold water and provide short and long term hydration. The lipids restore a compromised skin barrier and prevent water loss. Tasmanian pepperberry calms skin.

Directions state to apply liberally 20 minutes before sun exposure, reapply every 2 hours when in continued sun exposure and after water and sweat exposure. This sunscreen is not water resistant.

I have medium toned, oily skin in warmer weather that is prone to breakouts and blackheads and I easily get hyperpigmentation (freckles) from the sun.

I generally do not like lotion sunscreens, as they feel heavy (especially mineral sunscreens) and had been using Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder. I recently saw a photo of different sunscreen types under UV light showing that sunscreen powder applies rather patchy and it is hard to build up, so decided to try lotion sunscreen again. I still like to use mineral powder sunscreen for touch-ups throughout the day over makeup.

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters is a beige-colored, thick lotion that has an almost mild nutty scent I thought.

Using the general application “rule” of 1/4 teaspoon for the face, I used half that and applied to half my face in the above photos. It is a bit hard to tell with the lighting and angle of the photos, but my skin is noticeably lighter/whiter on the right side. Since the sunscreen is quite heavy, application is not as smooth as I would hope. I’m using Retin A at this time, so there is some flaking and dry patches that the sunscreen seems to “stick” to and application is less smooth in these areas (might be similar for those with quite dry skin). The freckles and uneven color are covered a little and the pores are blurred. After 10 minutes, the sunscreen dries down a bit, but still has some white cast and tackiness that lasts until it is washed off. My cheeks are generally reddish and after application of the sunscreen my daughter asked why my skin was pink. This sunscreen does not sting my eyes. Application is nicer and white cast is a bit less when the sunscreen is applied after a moisturizer (I like Drunk Elephant Protini). Applying sunscreen over half the face, I am able to clearly tell that it feels heavy on the skin.

Above, you can see around my eye where I missed application that shows the color difference.

Above shows a satin finish, light coverage foundation with and without the sunscreen. Not a great makeup day, as I am using Retin-A, but in any case, this foundation applies quite nicely over the sunscreen, it covers the white cast, my skin looks smoother and the pores more blurred on the right side. I also notice throughout the day that my face appears less oily and shiny on the sunscreen side, so similar to a silicone-based primer.

This sunscreen can be a bit hard to wash off (even from my hands after application with a mild hand soap), but I did get a good result with The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser.

I’ve been using The Ordinary Suncare for a couple months now and haven’t gotten any unusual breakouts and my skin doesn’t feel dry with use (I don’t think it feels more hydrated either). I noticed a couple more freckles, which could be because I don’t always apply first thing in the morning when walking the dog or when staying inside.

Before purchasing the Ordinary Suncare, I had been using NIOD’s Survival 30 which I liked much more in terms of application, feeling on the skin and white cast.

I would repurchase The Ordinary Suncare despite a bit of white cast (it doesn’t bother me too much and mineral sunscreens are generally going to have some level of white cast) and heavy feeling; though perhaps when working with clients, would wear makeup over it.

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