Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Purchase - Fresh Soy Face Cream

image from fresh.com

As the weather turns colder and I grow older my skin is getting drier. I go from an oil slick in the summer to a mildly oily T-Zone in the winter. Just like changing your wardrobe for the seasons, one should also change their skin care routine. An item I like to add to my cold weather skin care wardrobe is Fresh Soy Face Cream.

Now I will admit that more often than not, Fresh products are overrated and overpriced. Worst yet, some of their products don't even do what they claim to do...but The Soy Face Cream is a diamond in the rough!
According to Fresh this cream is "enriched with natural protective soy proteins, restorative rose water, soothing cucumber extract, nourishing meadowfoam, and jojoba seed oils that work together to provide moisture and promote collagen synthesis." The cream also contains "...antioxidant-rich tea complex and an infusion of vitamins A, C, and E..." The cream is also touted as a "...paraben-free daily moisturizer for all skin types. It is enriched with moisture-retaining amino acids and protective antioxidants to hydrate and smooth the skin." This all sounds good. But do the claims ring true?

The Fresh Soy Face Cream retails for $38 for 1.7 oz. That's not bad actually, considering my other favorite skin cream costs twice that much. The product itself comes in a tube, so you determine how much to use at each application. Honestly I find a pea sized amount patted (not rubbed) onto my skin covers well. On colder days I might use a touch more and concentrate on the drier areas of my face. The scent is a mix of rose and lemon. I think the lemony rose scent is nice and refreshing, but those that do not like scented skincare or fruity sweet scents should steer clear of this cream. The cream is thick but not Crisco thick, the consistency is that of a well made pudding....mmmmmm pudding....anyway. The cream absorbs quickly into my skin and it leaves it smooth and feeling moisturized. However, drier skinned people may find it lacking a bit in moisture. I think this face cream works well on normal to combination skin and could benefit some more oily skinned people that tend to get drier in colder weather.

After a solid month of use I have noted NO increase in breakouts, so at least I know the cream does not cause acne for me. As with any product, your results may vary. I only apply this cream at night as it is a bit too emollient for day time wear, but people with drier skin may find that it is a great cream to wear under makeup. In the morning, after I have had this on all night, I wake up to brighter and more balanced skin. I don't seem to be AS oily in my T-zone as I was a month ago, but I'm not going to credit the cream with that, since the weather has changed so much, it could be environmental reasons for the change. It is rumored that soy products help brighten the skin, but I honestly have not read enough research to claim that it really does do this...the brightening of my skin could be attributed to a number of factors...but regardless, it does look better in the morning each time I use the cream at night. My skin also feels smoother and seems to have a tad more elasticity to it. All in all. I'm very happy with this cream. It's a no brainer for me. It doesn't break me out, moisturizes, makes my skin look bright and fresh and smells wonderful. What's not to love?

Do you NEED this? Well. I say maybe. With skin care it's so subjective, but if you have normal to combo skin, are looking for a mild cream that moisturizes well this might be a good item to try. Try to get a sample, as I always suggest with skin care, first.

Ingredients: Water, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Stearic Acid, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyglyceryl-10 Distearate, Sucrose Polysoyate, C14-22 Alcohols, Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Jojoba Alcohol, Potassium Jojobate, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, Maltodextrin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Citral, Geraniol.


  1. You know, aside from having super sensitive skin, I'm an old fashioned Oil of Olay kind of gal. I don't really use Fresh skin care but I do love their scents. Pricey - yes but I do love the scent of their Mangosteen lotion in the summertime! I always wondered about their Soy Cleanser and Cream. I don't think it's worth the risk considering my skin is still recovering from the NARS cleansing oil I bought in September and I had to return a week ago.

  2. Hello! I have been reading your blog for some time now and I really like your reviews. I have an oily skin but in wintertime I sometimes notice a few dry spots. As I'm 34 I need a bit of anti-aging but most creams are too heavy for my type of skin. Years ago I tried a face cream by Fresh and got a serious irritation so I never tried it again. I may give this one a go since I'm always looking for the perfect moisturizer (if there is such a thing...)!

  3. Lexi920: Have you tried CeraVe? It's a drugstore brand. it's very mild.

    Pasiphae: Thanks for the comment! Yeah. If Fresh stuff bothered you before AND you have sensitive skin I would stay away. BUT it couldn't hurt to get a sample. Thanks for reading!

    Lisamarie and Christelle: It smells as delicious as it feels! Thanks for the comment!

  4. OOh thanks E! I'm always on the lookout for new (mild) moisturizers...


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