I’m a big fan of creams. Soft, creamy moisturizers just feel like they do more for my skin. I tend to avoid gels, most likely I associate them with oily skin, rather than normal-to-dry skin like mine. This is probably a hold-over from when I had extremely tight, dry skin before I found Asian beauty, and therefore would find my moisturizer was my favorite part of my routine.
So, when Lisse reached out to me to test a few of their products a few months ago, including the Yuza Real Hydrogen Snow Ice Cream, I was a bit skeptical that it would work for my skin or that I would like it as much as a regular cream.
Now that summer is ending, and I have been testing it for several months, I am long overdue to write a thorough review of this unique product.
Disclosure: this product was provided to me by the company in exchange for a review. However, you can be certain that all of the opinions and thoughts are honest and are my own.
Lisse Real Hydrogen Yuza Snow Ice Cream
The container is a 100g plastic tub. The lid goes on easily and tightly, although I do wish it came in a tube rather than a jar, for hygienic reasons.
“Lisse presents a special ice cream made just for your skin! One scoop of Real Hydrogen Yuza Snow Ice Cooling Cream will exfoliate, refresh, soothe, and moisturize your skin. What’s more? Its sherbet texture will keep your skin soft and matte all day long–plus pore tightening and sebum control effects!” (Lisse’s website)
With pore care, exfoliating, and mattefying properties, this actually sounds like a product for folks with normal or oily or combo skin. In the summer, my skin runs more normal. (In the winter it is dry.)
Water (Hydrogen 840ppb), Glycerin, Butylene, Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Citrus Junos (Yuza) Fruit Extract (25,500ppm), Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2, Trehalose, Glycelyl Stearate SE, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butyrospermum, Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Leciyhin, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Chorphenesin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Menthoxylpropanediol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Algin, Phenoxyethenol, Allantoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Benzophenone-5, CI19140
- Citrus Junos (Yuza) Fruit Extract: Containing a high concentration of vitamin C, this extract is an anti-oxidant and helps to brighten the skin.
- Hydrogen: Hydrogen water claims to help neutralize free radicals and turn them into pure water, thereby providing cells with microscopic moisture. It is also touted as a great anti-aging ingredient.
- Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract: This is a natural exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells
- Parkii (Shea) Butter: helps to soothe and moisturize the skin
The Yuza fruit is becoming a big ingredient in Asian skincare; I like the anti-oxidant properties. There are a number of fruit extracts in here, which can be irritating to the skin. As always, patch test and know your skin’s triggers.
The hydrogen is definitely the most innovative ingredient, and the one that Lisse uses in all of the products they sent me to try. I did a bit of research on hydrogen in skincare and found that bathing in hydrogen-infused water has actually been quite popular in Japan for quite a long time. An article in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology presents a study where researchers found that people who bathed in hydrogen-rich water had significant reduction in wrinkles. (Kato S., Saitoh Y., Iwai K., Miwa N.).
This definitely made me more intrigued by hydrogen-infused skincare.
The (Personal) Evidence
The texture of the Yuza Real Hydrogen Snow Ice Cream is unlike any other moisturizer I’ve tried: it’s not a gel or a cream. It actually is a sherbet texture that just feels lovely gliding on. It’s incredibly smooth and just slightly dense, almost like a mixture of a cream and gel. It is also quite light, which makes it perfect for summer.
The scent is a natural, fresh citrus smell, which I won’t lie, is one of my favorites. I seek out citrus-scented skincare, so I am perhaps a bit biased toward the Yuza Snow Ice Cream for this reason. But, of course, scent isn’t everything: I need something that can keep my skin from drying out during the day from sunscreen and air conditioning.
It took me a days to figure out when this was going to work out for me in my routines. I first found that the Yuza Snow Ice Cream wasn’t moisturizing enough for the evening, since I like a very occlusive, moisturizing cream to lock in my light layers of hydration. The first several times I used it at night, I woke up with a few white, dry, flaky spots on my cheeks, which is my skin’s standard way of telling me a product is not enough.
But as it turns out, it works fabulously as a day cream.
First, the cream provides a cooling sensation when you smooth it on. It was surprising the first time I put it on; that lasts for a bit, it sort of feels like you have a cold breeze blowing on your face. I found this to be perfect for those sticky Midwest summer mornings. It’s also very soothing.
The Yuza Snow Ice Cream is also great for morning routines because it absorbs pretty quickly and dries down quite matte. Unlike some of my actual creams, it never feels greasy or heavy. For me, since I don’t wear primer, I was pleased at how nice of a base this created for my sunscreen and then bb cream. It seemed to smooth out my skin and while I can’t say it blurred my pores, my makeup seemed to go on more smoothly. I never had any issues with pilling.
I didn’t notice any brightening effects, but then, I look for my creams to do the work of moisturizing more than anything. Certainly, my skin felt soft and moisturized all day, so that, combined with the cooling and non-greasiness, made this my go-to moisturizer this summer.
That being said, the biggest negative for this cream is that it is not heavy enough to be a fall or winter moisturizer for me. It’s pretty much a summer-only product for me. However, folks with more oily skin would probably find this to be a great spring, summer, and fall cream. People in warmer climates also might appreciate it year round, especially for the cooling properties.
So, the Yuza Real Hydrogen Snow Ice Cream was definitely a pleasant surprise for me; I’d go so far as to say this sherbet moisturizer was my skincare “find” of the summer.
So, will I buy this product again?
- Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
- Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
- Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.
- No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
- Hahahahaha. Nope. Noooooooope. Not even if you paid me.
The Verdict: Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
The reason this didn’t score the highest for me is that it is strictly a summer, maaaybe spring moisturizer, which means I can really only use it about 4 months about of the year where I live. That doesn’t make it terribly cost effective, but I definitely like it enough to see myself purchasing it again!
Where you can buy it:
- Lisse: $29