The Hydrating Moisturizer That Binds Water

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The Hydrating Moisturizer That Binds WaterHave you ever wondered whether hydrating the skin is the same as moisturizing it? A lot of times these words are used interchangeably, but they actually mean different things.  Some people even look for a hydrating moisturizer because their skin is still dry even though they use a moisturizer daily.


Hydrating the skin means to bind water to the skin, while moisturizing means to prevent the water from leaving the skin.


Oils are very good at moisturizing, but you have to hydrate first to get the full benefit.  So it is possible to have dry skin, even if you use a moisturizer daily.


One of the best hydrating ingredients is hyaluronic acid (aka sodium hyaluronate), which I love to use to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. (I am 43 but please don’t tell my husband!)  Annmarie Skin Care has it in their anti-aging serum.  Have you tried it?  What do you think?


And Crunchi, whose makeup I use and love because it works, is made with pigments that are EcoCert certified, and are NOT made in China (as so many are) carries a Daylight Cream, which I believe is a hydrating moisturizer.


I have been using Crunchi Daylight Cream for 3 months now exclusively, and I am happy to report that my skin looks and feels younger.  And it does not cause any irritation or acne. I recently went to the high desert, where the climate is obviously very dry. My skin got very dry, but not the skin on my face, thanks to the Crunchi hydrating moisturizer; it remained normal and looked and felt great.


Without further ado let’s look at this hydrating moisturizer ingredients:


Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Glycerin*, Montmorillonite (Mineral Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Propanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Organic Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Pulp Powder*, Lycium Chinense (Goji) Fruit*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Powder*, Phenethyl alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin *Certified Organic Ingredients


Let me re-organize them for you to make them easier to read and understand.


The ingredients that make this skin care product hydrating:


Water and Mineral Water:  Every cream and lotion has to have water.  Water is one of the hydrating ingredients.


Sodium Hyaluronate (a form of Hyaluronic Acid): is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.  It is also part of our bodies, a natural component of connective tissues such as cartilage. It is rated 1 with fair data in the Skin Deep database.  Compared to other skincare ingredients, it has the greatest capacity to hold water (source).  And that’s why sodium hyaluronate makes the best ingredient for a truly hydrating moisturizer. I am so happy that Crunchi uses it now because there was a time when I searched all over for a skincare product with it and without potentially irritating ingredients and found only one, which in the end I was not very happy with.


Chondrus Crispus Extract: is another great hydrating ingredient.  It is a powerful sea kelp that plumps and firms the skin and reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles.  Know that there are a number of websites that state that it is comedogenic, meaning that it causes acne.  However, they do not provide any references, and it is unclear where they are getting their information.  That’s why I used it for at least 3 months before writing this review to make sure that I don’t get any acne. I haven’t, and believe me, I expected I might because my skin can be very sensitive.


Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice:  This is another ingredient, which makes this product a great hydrating moisturizer. It enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness (source).


Great organic moisturizing oils:


Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oi




Every cream or lotion has to have emulsifiers, the ingredients that bind water and oils together.  The emulsifiers are often a source of some concern. There are three emulsifiers used in the Crunchi hydrating moisturizer: Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, and Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate.


The all belong to the group of polyglyceryls (poly = many and glyceryl = glycerine).  They are polymers of glycerine molecules that have been joined together.


In 2016, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review assessed polyglyceryls for safety as used in cosmetic formulations.  They were found to be safe.  There is limited data on them though.  However, what gives me peace of mind is that they are EcoCert-certified and are naturally derived without any chemicals added in the process of derivation.


Other Ingredients:


Glycerin: is commonly used in creams and lotions to prevent them from drying out.  It also conditions the skin (source).


Propanediol: is often confused with propylene glycol, which it is not.  Unlike propylene glycol, propanediol is not listed as an allergen by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.  I was also unable to find any information linking it with irritation or allergic contact dermatitis.  And it is rated 1 with fair data in the Skin Deep database.


Disteardimonium Hectorite: is rated 1 with no data in the Skin Deep database; an ingredient is based on naturally occurring clay mineral hectorite; this ingredient is used as a thickening agent.


Other Organic Botanical Ingredients:


Laminaria Digitata Extract

Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil

Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Pulp Powder

Lycium Chinense (Goji) Fruit

Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Powder


Now, let’s talk about preservatives in this hydrating moisturizer:


As you might know, if there is water in a beauty product, preservatives have to be used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.


While they are necessary for water-based products, they are often a source of irritation and sensitization (an allergic reaction to the same product used over time).


The easiest route many manufacturers choose to go is to use phenoxyethanol, to which some people can develop an allergic reaction.  You can read more about it here.  Personally, I decided not to use any products made with it.


So with this said, the preservatives used in the Crunchi hydrating moisturizer are Phenethyl alcohol and Ethylhexylglycerin.


Phenethyl Alcohol: is rated 1 with fair data in the Skin Deep database.  Phenethyl alcohol occurs naturally in the environment.  It is produced by microorganisms, plants, and animals.  Phenethyl Alcohol has been found in a number of natural essential oils, in food, spices, and tobacco, and in un-distilled alcoholic beverages, beers, and wines. (source)


The World Health Organization expresses no safety concerns using phenethyl alcohol as a food flavoring at current doses. (source)


It was found to be neither an irritant nor a sensitizer in human studies (source).


Ethylhexylglycerin: is rated 1 with limited data in the Skin Deep database, with irritation being listed as of high concern.  I like that it has no risks associated with cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, or sensitization (an allergic reaction to the same product used over time), which is a huge plus (source). It may increase the risk of irritation though.


In animal and human studies, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel found it to be a mild irritant in undiluted form and not a sensitizer at a concentration of 50%.


In the medical literature, there are a few cases described where people became allergic to ethylhexylglycerin.  Some of those people had unhealthy and sensitive skin, to begin with.  Because of its popularity, there have been more reported cases of allergic contact dermatitis.  As a result, in 2017, the American Society of Contact Dermatitis added it to its core allergen series along with sodium benzoate and lavender.  Sodium benzoate is another common preservative found in plant-based and natural beauty products, especially shampoos.


The American Society of Contact Dermatitis lists both ethylhexylglycerin and sodium benzoate as allergens at concentrations of 5%.


While these are some concerns, know that I have surveyed the preservatives most commonly used by skin care product formulators and have consulted with product formulators on preservatives (learn more about bad preservatives here).  Based on my knowledge of other choices for preservatives, I have added ethylhexylglycerin to my approved list of preservatives.


And again, I used the Crunchi hydrating moisturizer for 3 months now and have not experienced any irritation.


And lastly, for those who like traditional white and fluffy creams, Crunchi Daylight Cream is white and fluffy, absorbent, and non-greasy.


This concludes my detailed review of the Crunchi Daylight Cream, which I have been enjoying, and I hope you will try it too.  I also use and like Crunchi Night Cream.


Where to buy


You can buy the Crunchi Daylight Cream here.


Please let me know in the comments how you liked it if you tried it already, whether you are thinking about trying it and why or why not.  And lastly, tell us in the comments what you are currently using.  I am always interested in trying new products but my standards are high, so I can’t promise I will actually try a product you recommend.

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3 Responses

  1. Emelia

    I just started the Crunchi skincare day time and nighttime cream and I have noticed the hydration is phenomenal!!! If I hadn’t found your site I would have never known about there products! Truly grateful and thankful! I’m like you any other so called “natural/organic” line irritated my skin also. Crunchi is fantastic!

  2. Marianna

    There is one thing I do NOT like about the Crunchi Daylight Cream and that is the pump bottle it is packaged in. I had to dig all the cream out that I could and put it in a jar and it was not easy. The Night Cream came in a jar, thankfully. I do not like the pump because too much of the cream stays in the jar or in the tube and that to me is a waste since it is rather costly. I much prefer a jar since all of the cream is accessible. Since a little goes a long way, I do not need the pump to meter the amount. Other than the bottle I like the cream. It does not irritate and seems to nourish.

    • Irina Webb

      I know what you mean, Marianna. I do not like that I have to scoop out the cream on the bottom. I will pass your feedback to Crunchi when I talk to them next. However, there is a reason for this madness. It has to do with the preservation system. Because the pump packaging, the ingredients are kept fresh longer without the use of harsh preservatives. The Night Cream ingredients are a little different and do well in the open jar. ~Irina

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