Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015! This review of Onsen skincare is our very first beauty review of the year. it is also our first 2015 entry into our NEW Current Obsessions column area where I’ll be highlighting items of all types that I think are particularly worthy of your attention.
Every high end skincare brand has a specific thing that distinguishes their brand from every other. In the case of Onsen, it’s their “Onsen Water Technology” that they claim transforms regular water into a powerhouse of anti-oxidant solution using minerals from Japanese hot springs (called “Onsens”). The Onsen Water molecules may have their roots in ancient Japan culture and traditions, but they are manufactured in the USA. Onsen’s® Micro Water Complex™ (MWC) forms the basis of every Onsen® skincare formula. There are no parabens, no glycol and the products are not tested on animals.
Why would this be important to you this year if you’re looking for a new skincare regimen? According to Onsen, trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) is the physiological phenomenon that causes skin to become dehydrated, irritated or etched with ﬁne lines. Because Onsen’s® MWC molecules are so much smaller than regular water molecules, they can penetrate better through skin cell walls, fortifying the skin with nutrient-rich minerals. As a result, MWC works to reduce moisture depletion, helping to balance pH levels, and delivering rejuvenating nutrients to the deepest layers of your skin. Over time and with regular use, your skin should look plumper, fine lines should diminish, and if you have skin irritations they should clear up.
The other big ticket news in Onsen Skincare is their “Powder Technology.” This very fine powder or nutritional booster consists of high concentration of skin specific nutrients; it emulsifies on contact with skin then gets activated to deliver vitamin and mineral enhanced bio-marine nutritional support formula deep beyond the skin’s surface. It also contains Thalassine, a natural ingredient commonly known as ‘Nature’s alternative to Botox’. When I hear claim of “alternative to Botox” I literally, cringe.
I was offered three products from Onsen’s Ageless Beauty Collection (anti-aging): Hydrol-Collagen Serum, Hydrol-Collagen Mask and the Hydrol-Collagen Cream. Here is my report:
The Hydrol-Collagen Serum Daily Elasticity Enhancer 1.0 oz $289.65 is a serum and those are usually meant to be applied in conjunction with a moisturizer, but there isn’t one in the Hydrol-Collagen series. My assumption, although it isn’t stated, is that this serum is the moisturizer plus treatment, or if you need more hydration you’d purchase one of Onsen’s moisturizers, which run around $200. The Hydrol-Collagen Serum Daily Elasticity Enhancer is described as:” Slipping into comfort. An instant energizer that accelerates cell metabolism and delivers moisture into the skin. Plus, the serum makes a super-smooth base under makeup or as a breathable protective shield over it.This product is not tested on animals.”
The product is packaged in an excellent and attractive airless pump bottle with blue frosted bottle and silver top that you simply twist open and shut. It is clean and easy to use, and helps avoid contamination of the product, Well done! The serum has the faintest scent and slides on beautifully. It absorbs in a flash and feels virtually undetectable on my skin, but in the drying Winter months, those with super dry skin may feel they need more hydration.
HOW AND WHEN TO USE: Every morning after cleansing, apply one pump each to face and neck before sunscreen as a smooth even base for foundation (or for bare skin.) Or, for a breathable makeup sealer, apply on top of foundation. Use for 30 consecutive days as part of the Onsen Hydrol-Collagen Series regimen including Hydrol-Collagen Cream by night and Hydrol-Collagen Mask twice a week.
INGREDIENTS: Micro Water Complex™, (proprietary complex of Calcium Carbonate Ore, Tourmaline Ceramics, Coral Fossil, Binchotan-Charcoal, Maifanshi-Stone, Dechlorine Ceramics, Aomori Hiba-Tree in an aqueous solution), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Squalane, Collagen, Algae, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C), Allantoin, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis(Aloe Vera)Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate(Vitamin A), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
There is a night moisturizer, the Onsen Hydrol-Collagen Cream Evening Elasticity Enhancer 1.0 oz ($249.95). This is described by Onsen, simply as: “Rejuvenating overnight. With a capacity for continuous 8-hour time release, a light-but-rich skin cell renewal cream guaranteed to give you firmer, plumper and smoother skin by morning.This product is not tested on animals.”
That really didn’t satisfy me a great deal considering the $250 price tag but the product really did. The jar is stunning, a sloped, ice blue glass with a shiny silver dome top (actually a bit difficult to grip if you have any kind of lotion on your hands), nestled into a beautiful blue and metallic silver box with a foam inner padding like it is a precious jewel. But although there is a plastic keeper inside the screw top jar, there is no spatula or applicator included, Why?!! You have to stick your fingers into this pricey cream, instantly opening it to contamination while oxygen and other pollutants in the air will start to deteriorate it. While I realize that not every formula works well in an airless pump bottle, and I’ve heard the argument from marketing gurus that women like pricey creams in fancy jars, not pump bottles, it doesn’t make sense to pay a lot of money for a product that you can’t protect from the elements.
How and When to use: Every Night, Apply to face and neck every night after cleansing. Use for 30 consecutive days as part of the Onsen Hydrol-Collagen Series regimen including Hydrol-Collagen Serum by day and Hydrol-Collagen Mask twice a week.
The pink tinted night cream is lightly scented, fluffy, gorgeous. It felt pampering and nice to use. It absorbed instantly, making it the kind of night cream that a partner won’t complain about.