This New Body Cream Is Like a Real-Life Instagram Filter

Slather this on for fresh, glowing skin.

By Abby Ledoux August 6, 2018

I am notoriously bad to my skin. It's a rare, uncharacteristically ambitious night that I use anything more than a CVS-brand makeup removing wipe. I've got a bathroom full of creams, serums, masks, and elixirs galore, but after maybe a week (max) of giving them the old college try, I give up, either too busy or too lazy, and they're relegated to the medicine cabinet or far reaches of the linen closet where they now gather dust.

This time is going to be different. I swear. It's not that the other now-abandoned products, relics of New Year's resolutions past, don't work—quite the contrary—but more that this latest one shows instant results, and that's something I can't deny. I'm talking about "Active Hydration Body Replenish," the latest release from Rodan+Fields that hit the market (retail price: $66) on July 24.

The ultra-hydrating full-body moisturizer uses something called "3D3P Molecular Matrix Technology," a proprietary formula with glycerin and hyaluronic acid touted for its ability to lock in moisture pulled from the air. If all of that went over your head, you're not alone, but the proof is in the pudding: The very first time I slathered this cream on post-shower, my skin was immediately softer and smoother. What's more, despite its thickness, it never felt sticky—actually, it left my skin feeling silken—even in this hellacious humidity. 

I really put it to the test when I donned it pre-White Linen Night, coating my legs, arms, and décolletage before hitting W. 19th with the masses. Would this 3D3P Molecular Matrix hoobey-whatty hold up on a hot, debaucherous night out—in all white, no less?

Short answer: yes. The supple feeling lasted all evening, from traipsing through the Heights at 7:30 p.m. to housing fries at The Burger Joint somewhere around 1 in the morning. Well before that, though, my notoriously honest friend ("you're wearing your hair up...again?") even noticed how glowy I looked. That's something your run-of-the-mill moisturizer won't necessarily achieve—yes, hydrated skin generally looks better, but the real bang for your buck comes when this product pulls double duty by blurring imperfections. That's familiar language—you've likely heard a handful of brands make the same claim for everything from primers to body scrubs—but using this little jar of magic cream is the first time I can say I really saw it in action.

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