Have you ever been to the desert? And maybe wondered after a few hours spend in the dry heat how on earth anything could thrive here?
I happened to come across plants after a rare shower in the Israeli desert a few years back that looked way better than the ones at home on my window sill. To be honest, almost any plant looks better than mine at home do, as I am notoriously neglecting them, but for the dramatic effect let´s ignore that fact.
Back then I learned that these plants secret is Trehalose, the “sugar of life”. It forms a gel inside cells when they are dehydrated that keeps the cellular structure intact until rehydration is possible. Not only in desert plants, but possibly in human skin cells as well, minimizing the lethal effect dehydration and rehydration has on them. Which, translated, means less dry and flaky skin.
But even without that background information a product containing “sugar of life” would have had my undivided attention. I mean, sugar, hallo? Meet Qlabo Eauphoria *, named after the French “eau”, which means water, and euphoria.
What Qlabo claims
Go moisture-overboard with this complete treatment lotion-potion. With Trealix, the sugar of life that revitalizes dry desert plants and Double hyaluronic acid for complete moisture enrichment. Also Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) for a smoother facial skin tone. And squeezing in more excitement, it´s lightly infused with organic Rose floral water for a refreshing, delicate scent.
Prize and size
One tube contains 30 ml and retails for 28 $ on the website here. Mine has lasted me for a good three months.
Texture and smell
Despite the rose water used for the scent, it does not smell of roses. If any, the scent I can detect is subtle and fresh, but not floral or overpowering like I initially though. The texture is light, a little on the runny side and spreads easily.
Application and effects
After application the serum remains a little sticky for about a minute, as it is to be expected from a hyaluronic acid heavy formulation, but works well under makeup or moisturizer. My skin felt hydrated and fine lines were diminished, but for me personally it was not superior to other hydrating serums I have used in the past.
- Propanediol: Humectant (helps skin to lock in moisture)
- Niacinamide: Vit. B 3, fights free radicals, combats hyper pigmentation
- Glycerin: Humectant
- Methyl Gluceth-20: Humectant
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein: Improves moisture retention
- Trehalose: “Sugar of life”, protecting against dehydration, antioxidant
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Hydrating, smaller form of hyaluronic acid with better penetration
- Rosa Damascena Flower Water: The oil is smoothing, the water smells nice
- Polysorbate 20: Emulsifier
- Carbomer: Thickener
- Ethylhexylglycerin: Preservative
- Chlorphenesin: Preservative
- Disodium EDTA: Binding Agent
- Sodium Hydroxide: pH adjuster, can be irritating
- Sodium Benzoate: Preservative, should not be mixed with Vitamin C as it could form benzene, a carcinogen. Highly unlikely in the amounts used in skincare, but some people may prefer to avoid it.
Does it live up to its claims?
It really helps keeping my skin moisturized and it contains Niacinamide which I really like to combat hyper pigmentation.
Would I repurchase?
It is a great hydrating serum, affordable and no nonsense.
Who do I recommend it to?
People with dehydrated skin, and people looking for science based skincare.
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