Sunday Riley’s “Ice” Face Cream Plumped Up My Skin Overnight

Elizabeth Denton
Sunday Riley’s “Ice” Face Cream Plumped Up My Skin Overnight
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Although it might still be warm where you are (it’s in the 90s in Los Angeles!), cooler weather will be here sooner than we think—and want. Get your skin ready for the chill with a nourishing face lotion, such as Sunday Riley’s new Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream. Fans of the brand (me, I’m that fan) swear by Good Genes, the brand’s lactic acid exfoliating treatment, as well as C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Tumeric Face Oil. This new cream just might be the next cult-favorite.

The key ingredients here are ceramides, which are natural lipids created by the skin. They help form skin’s moisture barrier. You might have heard someone say you have a “damaged moisture barrier.” I know I have. It usually means you don’t have the correct ratio of ceramides so skin might feel dry and irritated. Ceramides in this cream can help replenish lipid levels and leave skin feeling plump and soft.

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That’s not all that’s in there, of course. It also boasts beetroot and red algae extracts, as well as vitamin F and coconut to reduce transepidermal water loss and increase the moisture of the skin. As someone with dry skin all year round, not just in the fall and winter, that sounds pretty perfect. I knew I had to try it. Even if you don’t have super-dry skin, a damaged moisture barrier can increase your risk of environmental stressors that can be responsible for premature aging.

First, I enjoy the scent even though I dislike most fragrances. Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream has very little (less than 1 percent) synthetic fragrance so I wasn’t worried about it irritating my skin. In fact, it smoothed over my dry spots and sunk right into my skin, without leaving my skin feeling greasy. I have pretty sensitive skin and I felt like this moisturizer calmed my complexion overall, especially after I used a more active serum, like an AHA or BHA. After using it for just a few days, I noticed my skin felt plumper when I woke up, almost like I got a facial treatment. It’s officially a must-have in my cabinet all year round.

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