She cute.... and long awaited. The infamous "urea moisturizer" created by f.c. himself! This product underwent several dozen formulations before its current iteration. *Cue this isn't my final form meme. 😏
Its star ingredient is urea, a molecule found in the skin's natural moisturizing factor (NMF) that plays an integral role in improving skin barrier function.
Urea is one of those magical unicorn ingredients with the ability to both hydrate AND mildly exfoliate. It's so effective as a hydrator, in fact, that it outperforms vaseline in some studies. (1)
For more information about all things urea, please see our blog post on Simple Skincare Science.
Other key features!
- Glycerin: works synergistically with urea for added hydration and smoothing effect. (2)
- Dimethicone: creates a protective barrier and locks in moisture.
- Hyaluronic acid: hydrates skin by attracting 1000 times its weight in water.
- Allantoin: skin-soothing and stabilizes urea.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: an emollient that softens skin. It took us months to find, but we're happy to report that our caprylic/capric triglyceride is as pure as it gets and contains no trace amount of C12-24 fatty acids :)
INCI: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Urea, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin
I love the way this moisturizer makes my skin feel. Hasn't made me break out, my skin has improved, and the price is completely fair. This is my go-to moisturizer now.
This moisturizer is super rich and creamy something that is extremely hard to find for someone that has fungal acne. Since I suffer from fungal acne I can’t depend on Shea butter base moisturizer or other rich oils (Vitamin E) to maintain my skin moisturize. Especially during the super dry winter months and let me tell you I love a creamy rich moisturizer. For a moisturizer that is intended for fungal acne sh**t smacks!!! highly recommend it 👍
I know skin product varies by skin. Fortunately, this product works for me. I will stock more when it is available.
The moisturizer is a holy grail! It really works... I've seen a lot of improvement with my skin
I've had FA for many years and found F.C.'s blog helpful in finally identifying the situation and attempting to treat it. While removing offending products from my skincare routine and experimenting with various treatments (azelaic acid, pyrithione zinc, etc.) helped, nothing ever seemed to get me all the way to clear skin. So during quarantine, I decided to just go nuclear and institute a total and complete skincare diet, given that I wasn't ever leaving the house and didn't need to wear makeup or sunscreen. Back to nature. I put nothing on my face ever, gave up washing it completely, and after a couple of months my skin was about as clear as it's been since I was...12? But still, I had these stubborn sandpapery bumps on the sides of my face that just refused to stand down. So I added the Malezia moisturizer in as my one and only product, and after a few weeks of regular usage those little bumps finally, finally evaporated. Following reemergence into the world, I have started using sunscreen and wearing makeup again (and washing my face daily in order to remove it), but with the help of this moisturizer the clear skin is holding strong. So YMMV of course, but for me this product has been really effective.
Disclaimer: I rarely write reviews but I felt I owed F.C. one since I have benefited from his blog for years. ~ I have FA and KP and major issues with fragrance (probably related)~
I have been using both the Urea Lotion and the BP (on my T-zone) for several weeks and...DEEP BOW. These are both wonderful, simple, dialed-back skin care products with efficacious ingredients. I have a hard time finding a moisturizer that doesn't break me out. This Urea Lotion is a godsend. It also seems to be helping with these hard, sebum plugs (?) on my chin that I am always trying to "help" by squeezing. (I wouldn't be surprised if there is a link between fungal acne or KP and dermatillomania, ugh.). The urea is definitely working for me as a moisturizing, gentle exfoliant (I didn't realize this was possible, but here we are). The BP is also great, it isn't as overly drying as some I've tried in the past, and I've definitely seen some improvement of the pores on and around my nose.
These two products have also been mentally LIBERATING for me, too. I don't have to scrounge the ingredient lists because I know they are fungal acne safe. I don't have to experiment with a new fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizer, worrying that it
STILL might trigger fungal stuff or other stuff, all the while constantly inspecting my face. It was exhausting, truly. (I'm probably an extreme case, I know lol.) I know F.C.'s blog and I trust him as I have personally benefited from his many of his product recommendations over the years...so thank you for creating this line for us poor FA sufferers. Woot!
Prior to discovering F.C.'s blog and Dr. Dray's YouTube, I spent a lot of time/money going nuclear on my face with various acids and actives. And then I'd bounce to 'cool-looking-bottle' skincare...This was basically me spending a small fortune on apothecary-looking bottles filled with essential oils (AKA 'perfume...that I was spraying on my face?). I've cycled back and forth between these two extremes more times than I would like to admit...both equally disastrous. (Honestly, I'm kinda surprised that I even have a face at this point.) But now, after educating myself on ingredients and how skin actually functions, I only care about skincare ingredients. And this is exactly why I will continue to purchase these two products FOREVER. But I can still very much appreciate the aesthetically pleasing, non medical-looking, not ugly packaging. Win win.
tl;dr: Everyone's skin is different but if you have, or suspect you have, FA or you have sensitive skin, or you feel that every moisturizer (and everything) breaks you out, I would defo recommend giving this line a go.
I pitty the fool that doesn’t use this product! Seriously though. It’s clean. It’s affordable. It’s not toxic. And best of all, it works! Thank you for making this product and fixing my face.
My skin loves this moisturizer!! I am so happy I gave it a try, you should too... I promise it won't disappoint.
This moisturizer goes on smoothly - feels thin enough to wear in the morning but sinks in beautifully. No pilling when mixed with serums or other products, which is a huge concern that I've found with other moisturizers.
It pairs perfectly with the Malezia benzoyl peroxide product!
I recently developed severe acne on my forehead and temples. Never having struggled with acne me entire life, I was stumped. I came across a tiktok that documented a ladies struggle with fungal acne and I was convinced that this was my issue. I did a deep dive on the Internet and discovered simplesskincarescience.com - I was amazed! So much information! With the help of my dermatologist and this website I’m now acne free again! I’ve switched up all my skin care products and feel like myself again. This moisturizer is amazing. My skin was so dry and it was able to bring back moisture to my skin without a heavy oily look. IM HOOKED FOR LIFE! I will tell everyone I know. It’s great knowing that this product is not only great for my skin but also helping my fight against fungal acne. THANK YOU!!! I’m me again :)