Finding the perfect moisturizer is on par with discovering your mascara and foundation soulmates — it's a long game of trial and error. This is especially true if you have rosacea-prone skin like me. Due to my skin type, I need a moisturizer that is non-irritating, deeply hydrating, yet non-comedogenic, which is no easy feat. However, clever formulations and elegant textures mean there are far more options on the market than ever to suit all skin types. That's why I was intrigued to test out Ole Henriksen's new Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer ($48) ahead of its launch.
The product is described as being a "universal daily moisturizer for all skin types," with a promise of strengthening the skin barrier, which when damaged can lead to dehydration, redness, irritation, and general discomfort. That's all the convincing I needed before I slathered the cream onto my face.
On first application, the cream felt cooling, ultra-hydrating, and, best of all, non-irritating. In my eyes, that's a roaring success. When I'm testing a new cream that is designed for barrier repair, I essentially want it to feel like I'm wearing nothing — no tingling, no uncomfortable feeling, just plain old moisturizing. However, for a cream to "just moisturize" sensitive skin, causing no further discomfort, and help strengthen a weakened barrier, it needs to contain some pretty special ingredients.
Ole Henriksen's Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer formula is packed with barrier repairing ingredients. It contains eight amino acids (don't let the word acid worry you), which have a huge list of benefits, including reducing inflammation, promoting cellular repair, and deeply hydrating. There are not one, not two, but three types of ceramides in the formula, a wonderful ingredient that helps to directly repair dry and sensitive skin. On top of that, the moisturizer contains panthenol, another hydrating ingredient, as well as the powerhouse ingredient niacinamide to increase natural lipids on the skin and reduce water loss. Essentially, this cream is full to the brim of intensely hydrating ingredients.
The scent is ever so slightly citrusy, which at first I found a little worrying (the scent of citrus when you have ultra-sensitive skin can be a concern), but the smell dissipated immediately, and after using it regularly, I've come to like it. The Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer formula has a thick cream feel that turns into a gel-like consistency on the skin. It feels more hydrating than a gel, but not overly heavy like a cream. This texture gives my skin an incredible glow after applying and also works a charm under makeup.
All in all, the Ole Henriksen's Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer is a seemingly simplistic moisturizer (which is exactly what I look for) with an impressive formulation, making it a wonderful addition to your routine if your skin is in need of some TLC this year.