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Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème 🍍🥥🍍🥥💦

Who knew that Marc Jacobs Beauty now does skincare?!? Not I, until a couple of weeks ago when I spotted the new Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel-Crème on the Sephora Australia website. I bought it on a whim, not reading any reviews on the cream (very unlike me!) because it just sounded SO good and might be a cheaper ‘dupe’ for my much loved, yet very expensive Rationale Catalyst Gelcreme. Every second/alternate evening, I use an acid based skincare routine before bed. I love to use an acid based moisturiser at the end of my routine, to lock in all that goodness with hydration and hopefully add even more acid smoothing punch! 🤛 💥 The Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Gel Crème is the only skincare product of theirs so far. I like that actually. Sometimes makeup brands cross over into the skincare realm too quickly, making it hard to stand out because the skincare market is SO saturated with products. When you expand too quickly, it’s a big risk (says business woman expert I lol!). So I had my fingers crossed that the Youthquake Crème would be a knockout and signal good things to come from Marc Jacobs Beauty 🤞 Read on to find out if it is indeed a winner! 🌟

description A multitasking moisturizer, with powerful pineapple enzymes and encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, that provides deep hydration and retexturizing results for a glowing, makeup-ready canvas.Have it all. This multitasking moisturizer has the perfect combination of moisturizing and retexturizing results. Why bother rehydrating dead skin cells? Smooth away rough texture and reveal a fresh surface that’s ready to receive major moisture magnitude. Formulated with 54% enzymatic pineapple water and 5% encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, this innovative gel crème gives you an instant glow and lasting hydration for up to 24 hours. Most suitable for normal to dry skin, the hydrating formula with a full-bodied gel-crème texture and creamy tropical scent melts luxuriously into skin. With the addition of antioxidant-rich starfruit and dragonfruit extracts, the nourishing formula results in a makeup-ready canvas that looks instantly smoother, plumper and more youthful.The glowy makeup looks you see on the runway and red carpet begin with the right skin prep. Youthquake Hydra-full Retexturizing Gel Crème has been the secret first step to Marc Jacobs Beauty’s glowy makeup looks you’ve seen to
Apply evenly all over the face and neck, morning or night.

The first thing that drew me to this acid-rich moisturiser is that it is a gel-crème. Gel are brilliant for delivering hydration because gels are mostly water 💧 Once on the skin, a portion of the water contained in the product evaporates, as well as some of the water already in your skin (trans epidermal water loss – TEW) and hence they were always recommended for oily skins. Chemists have been working hard to change this, because in gels, actives like hyaluronic acid (and other sugars) melt into the skin very well and can be easily bound to other ingredients (e.g. glycerin and urea). This means that humctants (hydrators) can reach the epidermis and restore dehydrated skin, so they are beneficial for all skin types. New generation gels can also contain silicone, which stop TEW, without the heaviness and greasiness of some lipids. The Youthquake Gel Crème is 54% enzymatic pineapple water, so it’s full of hydration! 💦 The 5% encapsulated sodium hyaluronate acts as the sugar binding together with glycerin, and works to deliver hydration in the skin over a couple of hours instead of in one big burst. Skin is hydrated and plump for longer. Also, sodium hyaluronate is more hydrating than hyaluronic acid and is a powerful antioxidant. Bonus! 😛 Does the Youthquake Gel Crème also contain silicone? Yep! Dimethicone, which is a wonderful silicone because it allows other ingredients to still penetrate the skin, gives creams a wonderful slip to them and still traps in water so it doesn’t evaporate from your skin 🤗✌️

What about the enzymatic qualities of pineapple water? 🍍🍍🍍💦  Pineapple contains natural enzymes that work to break down and dissolve any dead skin cells that are lurking on the surface of your skin. By exfoliating away that unwanted top layer of skin, skin is left feeling and looking softer, brighter and more even-toned. Hydrators are then also able to penetrate the skins top layers more easily. I wouldn’t say that pineapple enzymes are as potent as glycolic or lactic acid is (and the particles wouldn’t be as small) but they are a good addition to any acid based treatments/routines.

The gel crème has a lovely coconut scent (I think this has now become a Marc Jacobs thing? 😅🥥🥥😛🌴). It is a little strong, but it’s refreshing and doesn’t linger around for too long. It’s a gel crème which means that it isn’t transparent in colour like ‘traditional’ gels, but rather is opaque in colour but still feels as light as a gel on the skin. The gel crème spreads easily on the skin and sinks in wonderfully. It feels really hydrating despite not being a heavy moisturiser – it doesn’t contain oils or lipids. I have combination skin that’s acne prone and dehydrated. This gel crème works wonderfully for me and gives me enough moisture at night time. Would be ideal for mature or super dry skin? Maybe not. For the day time – yes, especially if you live in a humid or tropical environment, but it probably wouldn’t do on its own morning and night (without the addition of lipids in another product). You can of course use it in the mornings, however, I’ve just become accustomed to using it at night. It leaves my skin feeling comfortable, plump and happy! In the mornings my skin is clearer and breakouts look less angry. It certainly doesn’t break me out. Because it contains so much water and sodium hyaluronate (micro encapsulated) it’s also brilliant for dehydrated skin that needs more moisture! 💧💧💧💧

Is it a good substitute for the Rationale Catalyst Gelcreme? Yes, I think so! It’s a much cheaper alternative. Sure, the Catalyst Gelcreme is stronger when it comes to exfoliation (it tingles upon application, the Youthquake Gel Crème does not) and contains more peptides, botanicals and antioxidants to repair skin – but I’d say the Youthquake Gel Crème adds deep hydration and lightly exfoliates skin. It does contain some botanical extracts but they are quite far down the ingredient list, so they probably don’t do a whole lot. And then there’s the price! The Marc Jacobs Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème sells for $78 Aus dollars at Sephora (for 50ml) while the Rationale Catalyst Gelcreme comes in at $150 AUD (for 50ml) so there is a significant price difference. You will need to work out which suits your skins needs better (not everyone needs serious exfoliation and repair, especially if you are a youngin’!) and what your budget will allow. I give the Marc Jacobs Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturising Gel Crème a two thumbs up! 👍 👍 🥳🥳😉🥰🥰

Above: My current ‘acids based’ skin routine, which I apply every second night (mostly…) sans cleanser.

  1. I apply the Dr Jart Micro Milk Peel first after cleaning. It has the same consistency as a ‘toner’. I pat it into my skin all over. It has an odd consistency – it kinda sits on top of your skin so I’m not sure if I love it… Dr Jart says to rinse the product off but I don’t… lol 😝 It’s lactic acid based and not that strong IMO (lactic acid is one of the gentlest acids and is very hydrating). I wish they told you how much lactic acid was actually in the product.

  2. I then apply the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid to my t-zone. The main acid in this product is Betaine Salicylate (a BHA). BHAs are oily soluble and are the only acid that can get into pores to clear out sebum and gunk (aka blackheads!). I have reviewed this product in depth here!

  3. Next is the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA. This one is a glycolic acid treatment and I apply it to my cheeks and sides of the face. What I love is that this treatment is a cream – the rest of my acid treatments are liquids which can get a bit tricky and messy… See how all the products I use are different in the primary acid that they contain (or only acid)? They aren’t complex formulas that contain both AHAs and BHAs – hence I can layer the acids I need!

  4. Marc Jacobs Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturising Gel Crème 😉🍍🥥🍍🥳 To lock everything in, add some more gentle exfoliation and to moisturise!

  5. My last skincare step is eye cream! Here I use the Elucent Anti Ageing Eye Cream. It contains 4% AHAs for the eye area, which is awesome! This is a good eye cream. Not the most hydrating that I’ve ever used, but it creates a nice protective barrier on your skin and eyes are left looking fresher.

If acids scare you, have a look at my acids guide here 👈🔖💛💚 I prefer to use them at night because they can make skin more sensitive to the suns rays. Also, never combine them with vitamin A/retinol or benzoyl peroxide! Or else you may burn your skin 😣😳🔥

That’s it for me Beauties! Does the Marc Jacobs Youthquake Gel Crème appeal to you? What do you hope to see in their new skincare line? I’m happy for Marc Jacobs to surprise us – I don’t think many people would have picked an exfoliating gel cream as their first product! I just hope that they include some products with strong actives for us skincare junkies 😉

Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~

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