Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream has a huge following all over the internet with beauty bloggers galore writing about how great it is. It got rave reviews from so many, and I was really excited to try it out. Plus I loved the thought of getting a good cream in a 1.7oz jar for less than $35.
There were a lot of things about this cream that I liked. The texture was nice and light, while soaking in fairly quickly, and provided good hydration while still being non-greasy. It didn’t have a really strong scent (there are no added synthetic fragrance ingredients, only natural fragrance). I also like that the brand is based around using natural ingredients (however, they are not cruelty-free). There are a lot of good ingredients in this cream, including green tea extract, squalane, aloe, broccoli extract, and strawberry leaf extract (this is the “alpine berry” part of the product name). But there are some less than awesome ingredients too, like silicones, alcohol, and urea, all of which have the potential to cause irritation.
Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, squalane, dimethicone, bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, dicaprylyl ether, cyclopentasiloxane, sucrose polystearate, urea, cyclohexasiloxane, myristyl myristate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, fragaria vesca (strawberry) leaf extract, aminobutyric acid, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) flower/leaf/stem extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) extract, phyllanthus emblica extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) extract, borago officinalis extract, brassica oleracea gemmifera (brussels sprouts) extract, veronica officinalis flower/leaf/stem extract, primula veris extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract, achillea millefolium extract, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, glyceryl undecylenate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, inulin lauryl carbamate, stearic acid, palmitic acid, glyceryl caprylate, xanthan gum, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tromethamine, ethylhexylglycerin, tapioca starch, lactobacillus ferment, alcohol, disodium edta, fragrance(natural origin)
I liked this cream initially. However, after a few days, this started breaking me out all around the lower half of my face. Like really bad. I stupidly kept using this for about two weeks, hoping that it might get better, but it didn’t. I kept getting more and more breakouts. Painful, deep breakouts that lasted (and I’m still paying the price weeks later as I wait for them all to run their course…must…not…touch…).
This was a similar reaction I had to the Murad Anti-Aging SPF30 (review HERE). After reviewing both ingredient lists, I have come to the conclusion that I am probably allergic to urea? So there’s one more ingredient to add to my ever growing list of ingredients that I have to avoid. Otherwise I have to be prepared to suffer the consequences. The list now contains: synthetic fragrance, alcohol, talc, all citrus peel oils, damask rose water/oil, and now urea (plus I try to avoid silicone in skincare products since my face can only handle so much and I keep that quota reserved for makeup). It’s really quite amazing how many products get ruled out by this relatively short list. Even when I avoid these ingredients I still react to products sometimes, especially if they are heavy and contain a lot of waxes or occlusive ingredients.
So if you aren’t sensitive to urea, you might really like this cream. It’s light, hydrating, and contains a lot of good natural ingredients for healthy skin (plus some not-so-natural ingredients too).