My skin doesn’t get very oily, even during summer, but it does get sweaty, which is made worse 2309 times by the fact that my boyfriend doesn’t have air conditioning at his place. Whenever I stay with him, I’ve been relying heavily on emulsions (moisturizers that have the texture in between a toner and cream) to keep my skin adequately moisturized. I’ve already written about some of the ones I’ve been using, but realized I never got around to reviewing this one from Femmue.
To be honest, I don’t find this lotion to be very exciting but since I had already taken confetti pictures, it felt like a waste not to use them. Don’t worry though, this review will be nice and short!
Femmue Global Youth Spring Lotion Intense
Spring lotion that can be used as serum or lotion, with damask rose and fig ingredients that provide abundance of moisture that gives your skin radiance and energy. Fresh serum deeply infuses into skin to provide moisture, and silky lotion creates a layer to keep your skin moisturized.
Where does it fit in your routine?
Even though this is called a lotion, it has a consistency that is somewhere between an emulsion and a cream. I mostly use this during the day after all toners, essences, and serums as my last moisturizing step before sunscreen.
Size and Price
Each bottle of lotion contains 120g of product. I purchased this as part of the now-defunct Spring Fling box from Beautibi, where it retails for $49 but is currently on sale for $35.
You can get $5 credit towards your first order from Beautibi through this link.
The cream is housed in pale purple, plastic airless pump bottle. I love airless pump bottles but don’t like this one. More on that later.
This smells like rose flavored dessert. The scent is really pleasant and doesn’t linger for long.
Color and texture
The lotion is white and has a fluffy, almost yogurt like consistency.
12 months after opening.
What’s in it?
- CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDES
These are medium chain fatty acids that are derived from coconut oil, glycerin, or some other source. In the paleo / body-building / fitness supplement world, they are known and marketed as MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) and consumed because they provide quick energy, something fats usually don’t do. In the skincare world, capric / caprylic triglycerides are used because they have a light and silky texture, a virtually unlimited shelflife, and acts as a solvent for oil-soluble actives.
A version of Vitamin B3 that does, well, pretty much everything! It strengthens your skin’s barrier by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), increasing resistance to irritants such as SLS, and increasing the rate at which your skin syntheses barrier components. With repeated daily application increases the thickness of the stratum corneum. It also has the potential to reduce the depth of wrinkles, especially when combined with other anti-aging agents such as kinetin, N-acetyl glucosamine, or palmitoyl pentapeptide, and has been shown as effective in treating hyperpigmentation.
- SODIUM HYALURONATE
The salt form of hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant (meaning it attracts water) capable of holding 1000X its weight in water.
- Oils: VEGETABLE, ECHIUM PLANTAGIEUM SEED, SUNFLOWER SEED
I’m not really sure what “vegetable oil” comes from, but the other two oils are very nice choices. Sunflower oil, like hemp oil, is one of the least comedogenic oils, meaning it is one of the least likely to cause breakouts. Echium Plantagieum is an invasive weed species that is poisonous to livestock (!!) but the oil contains high concentrations of skin beneficial ingredients such as alpha lipoic acid, gamma lipoic acid, and stearidonic acid.
- Extracts of: FIG, CARDIOSPERMUM HALICACABUM FLOWER/LEAF/VINE, DAISY, MATRICARIA, GNAPHALIUM LEONTOPODIUM, HOUTTUYNIA CORDANA, JASMINE
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1), cetearyl alcohol (2), and dimethicone (1) as acne triggers and cetearyl alcohol (2) as a potential irritants.
Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-2 Butylene Glycol, Di Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Tearoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Rosadamascena Flower Water, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Tocopherylacetate, Adenosine, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Octyldodecanol, Bellis Perennis (Daisy Flower) Extract, Lilium Extract, Butyrospermum Parkil (Shea Butter), Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Gnaphalium Leontopodium Flower Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
Let’s start with the good. This lotion smells fantastic- like a sweeter, fuller-bodied, more delicious version of roses. The scent isn’t too overpowering and it doesn’t last too long, which is pretty much the perfect balance in terms of how scents in skincare should work.
I’ve been using this Femmue lotion as a medium weight moisturizer on my face and it works fine but just isn’t very standout or exciting. It keeps my skin moisturized but it does takes a little longer to dry than I would like and seems a little unnecessarily heavy for what it does. Also, despite the inclusion of niacinamide, I’ve noticed no brightening or skin-tone-improving effects from this lotion after 6 months of use.
Here’s the thing that bothers/confuses me about this moisturizer. I love the fact that it comes in an airless pump, but the pump is WAY too large and dispenses far too much product. It makes me want to smother this lotion on my arms and legs, and not at all on my face. It doesn’t help that the moisturizer itself looks and feels pretty much exactly like what body moisturizers look and feel like. I’ve actually checked the Beautibi website a few times to make sure this is in fact a face lotion, and it says that it is, but I can’t help but feel something got lost in translation.
This is a mediocre, medium weight moisturizer with a texture that is somewhere between an emulsion and a cream. It smells nice but I can’t get rid of the nagging suspicion that this is actually a body lotion and I’ve been using it wrong for the past 6 months.
Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me. This post contains one refer-a-friend link.