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PCA Skin HydraLuxe Intensive Hydration is described as a rich, luxurious moisturizer that deeply hydrates the skin, improves moisture retention, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improves skin fullness and plumping.
HydraLuxe is formulated with IQ: Adaptive Hydration, an advanced complex that regulates moisture levels in the skin, reduces water loss and adapts the formula to different environments, snow algae to improve skin hydration, chicory leaf extract to strengthen the skin’s surface and peony extract to improve skin volume and support healthy skin long term.
This moisturizer is better suited for:
- Dry skin types
- Visible, premature aging
- Sensitive skin
- Dry skin types that want to use a moisturizer for preventative maintenance
PCA HydraLuxe packaging
HydraLuxe is packaged in a heavy, 1.8 oz, frosted glass jar. The packaging is very minimalistic and luxe.
PCA HydraLuxe formula
HydraLuxe has the texture of a creamy gel moisturizer. It absorbs into the skin almost instantly and has a lightweight feel. This moisturizer does not contain any SPF protection.
In addition to the ingredients listed above (IQ: Adaptive Hydration, Snow Algae, Chicory Leaf Extract, Peony Extract), other notable ingredients include:
- Niacinamide- improves the appearance of large pores
- Dimethicone- creates a protective barrier over skin, holding moisture in
- Glycerin- a humectant, attracts moisture to the skin
How to apply PCA HydraLuxe
HydraLuxe can be applied day and night after applying your serum of choice. If you don’t use a serum, apply after toning.
Smooth a nickel-sized amount onto skin day or night. Follow up with SPF during the day.
I’m always super excited when a new moisturizer hits the market, you can never have enough moisturizers. As a mini-lesson, the purpose of a moisturizer is to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier by providing the skin with moisture. So what I’m looking for in a moisturizer is something that applies well, hydrates, and does not require reapplication.
The first thing I noticed about this moisturizer packaging wise is the missing moisturizer spoon. Most moisturizers that come in jar form do and should come with a tiny, washable plastic spoon to scoop product. It’s supposed to be more hygienic than using your fingers, potentially degrading the product’s efficiency thanks to dirt, germs, and oils on your fingers. For $147, I deserve a tiny spoon.
As far as texture, no moisturizer on the market compares. It is a creamy gel moisturizer, yes, but something about it, it’s very dense and rich and creamy. Absorption was lightning speed. My skin looked like my natural skin seconds after application. It looks like I had nothing on, but my skin felt plush and hydrated. HydraLuxe has tiny floral notes that quickly dry down to no smell at all after a few seconds.
I was concerned with glycerin as an included ingredient because glycerin has the potential to dry the skin from the inside out in low-humidity conditions, but it became apparent to me, once I tested the product for myself, that it wasn’t a problem, thanks to the Adaptive Hydration formula. Mississippi is humid in general, but the air dries out significantly during the winter, so I got many opportunities to test this during late fall, as our temperatures dropped for the first time in years. HydraLuxe performed well from sunrise to sunset without a need to reapply. It is equally as luxurious as a night cream.
Is this moisturizer worth the $147 splurge? Absolutely.