This moisturizer is the perfect compliment to the Spearmint Cleanser. I’m not normally one to get caught up in using a ‘line’ from a company, but these two products truly go well together.
While the cleanser leaves your face clean, but not dry, this moisturizer leaves your skin slightly hydrated, but not oily or shiny. What is left is soft, matte skin that is not tacky or oily but also not dry. My skin also stays matte all day – which is pretty impressive!
I say slightly hydrated because this does provide some moisture in a light lotion – but is not super hydrating. While the title of it is ‘face cream’ – this is really a lightweight lotion. If your skin is on the dry side, this will not be enough moisture for you. It really is formulated for more combination or oily skin (and I’ll go into why with the ingredients below).
An interesting note about the moisturizer, it is similar to the body lotions in that it turns a little white when you start to rub it in. I have no idea why Patyka lotions do that, but the whiteness goes away very quickly as you continue to apply it. It’s just a little quirk I thought I would mention!
I’m also very impressed with the container it comes in. It is completely opaque, and has an iridescent shimmer to it like the container of the cleanser. It’s a hard container though, it sounds like glass when you clink against it – but looks like it could be plastic. I’m not sure what it is – but I AM happy that it is opaque to keep light away. It is also is dispensed via an air-tight pump, which is my preferred method for lotions as it keeps air out, helping keep germies away.
The smell is very similar to the cleanser, a subtle spearmint with a hint of tea tree earthiness.
Now for the ingredients!
Aqua (water), Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil*, Propanediol, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) Fruit Extract*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Leaf Water*, Alcohol Denat.*, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea Butter)*, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Seed Oil*, Sucrose Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Corylus Avellana (hazel) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Silica, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, P-anisic Acid, Ci 77891 (titanium Dioxide), Cellulose Gum, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Chondrus Crispus (carrageenan), Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Mentha Viridis (spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Sodium Phytate, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Glucose, Limonene**, Lavandula Hybrida Oil*, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate**, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol.
*Ingredients Coming From Biological Farming
**Originates Biological Essential Oils
Sunflower seed oil is the main hydrating ingredient, which is a very lightweight oil. It is also a natural source of vitamin E, and is known for being good for acne (does not clog pores). Slightly farther down the ingredient list is shea butter and sesame seed oil. Sesame seed oil is also a very lightweight oil, and is a very ‘dry’ oil that is also good for those with oily skin. If you have ever tried Neutrogena’s body oil – that ‘dry’ feel is the sesame oil. I put ‘dry’ in quotes because it’s hard to imagine an oil feeling dry, but rub olive oil on your skin and then sesame oil and you will see what I mean :o)
Shea butter on the other hand is a very rich butter (butter is really just an oil solid at room temperature). On its own, it can make skin oily but thankfully the shea butter is mixed in with lighter oils. Shea butter has a huge range of benefits for skin, so I do like to see it in facial moisturizers, just in smaller amounts for the summer.
Then, similar to the cleanser the raspberry fruit extract is high up on the list – which is known for its anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
Slightly farther down the list is Witch Hazel leaf water, which is missing in the cleanser, but is a great addition to a moisturizer for those who are acne-prone. Similar to tea tree oil (which is included but is farther down the ingredient list), witch hazel is very well known for acne. While tea tree oil is anti-microbial, witch hazel is a natural astringent.
The preservatives are the same as the cleanser – potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. There is alcohol as the last ingredient, which is usually only added to lotions if it’s the preservative but if that is the case then it’s usually higher up on the list. I’m guessing it has been added either to provide a light feel or to add to the other preservative’s effectiveness.
So overall, Patyka’s Tea Tree Face Cream – while called ‘face cream’ – is an excellent lightweight lotion for the summer. It keeps my skin matte and face clear with the witch hazel, raspberry and tea tree oil. I love it!
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Patyka to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.