Saturday, December 25, 2010

Review - LIERAC Hydra-Chrono Baume Extrême

I always underestimate how dry my skin gets in the winter. As a person with constant breakouts, my dermatologist always tells me to stay away from moisturizer. I'm sorry Dr. Derm, but my skin screams at me if I do that. My biggest problem when my skin screams at me is knowing what to use on my face. So when a PR person for LIERAC sent me Hydra-Chrono Baume Extrême to review I was excited to try it.


What the Promo Material Said
It’s not only important to rehydrate the skin, but also protect it from the harsh cold and wind. Hydra-Chrono Extreme Balm ($50) is a luxurious balm enriched with 5% protective glycerin and a 10% moisturizing complex including apricot and safflower oil to provide a specific response to the needs of dehydrated skin. The Aqua-Pump® technology works to help restore the skin deep-down and reactivate its natural hydration process. After just one hour, hydration is clinically proven to increase by 47%, and by an additional 39% after 3 hours.* 
* Clinical study conducted on female subjects aged from 26 to 58 years (average 39 years)
Ingredients
WATER (AQUA). HYDROLYZED SWEET ALMOND PROTEIN. GLYCERIN. UREA. GLYCINE. SODIUM PCA. SODIUM LACTATE. POTASSIUM HYALURONATE. PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE. BETAINE. CYCLOMETHICONE. PORPHYRIDIUM CRUENTUM EXTRACT. CYCLOPENTASILOXANE. DIMETHICONOL. DIMETHICONE. DIMETHICONE CROSS-POLYMER. POLYACRYLAMIDE. C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN. LAURETH-7. PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE. ACRYLATES/C 10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER. PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL. CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL. CETEARETH-30. TOCOPHEROL. TROMETHAMINE. PROPYLENE GLYCOL. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). PHENOXYETHANOL. METHYLPARABEN. PROPYLPARABEN. BUTYLPARABEN. ETHYLPARABEN. ISOBUTYLPARABEN. RED 4 (CI 14700). RED 33 (CI 17200) BOTANICAL ORIGIN (D'ORIGINE VÉGÉTALE)

There's that "Urea" word again... always creeping me out. 


Texture
This balm is pink in color and smooth. It applies fairly thick and translucent. You can feel it on your skin, but it is smooth in texture.

Scent
Again, this LIERAC product has a flowery scent to it. It's not overwhelming, and it's pleasant. It doesn't quite cross the border into "grandma land".

Cost
$50 for 1.40 oz. That's pricey for me.

My Experience
I can't use a cream like this every day, twice a day. So I've been using it only in extreme emergencies at night. Since it's winter, those instances have been getting more frequent. Because I don't use it consistently I can't speak to it's abilities to diminish fine lines. But I will say that this is the first moisturizer I've experienced that really feels like a protective barrier over my skin. I can tell a difference in the morning in the texture of my face when I have used it, meaning my skin feels hydrated and smooth.

Bottom Line
If you can afford it, it might be worth it for those cold winter nights.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by PR for my use, but specifically for a review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Lierac products, nor am I affiliated with Lierac in any way.
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