Review: Stratia Liquid Gold

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One of the things I love about the Asian beauty community is how supportive it is — I’ve had so many great interactions with other beauty enthusiasts. I’ve received decants of products I’ve expressed interest in, gotten lots of helpful advice on how to use products I’m unfamiliar with, and enjoyed a lot of positivity.

One of the seasoned members of the Asian beauty community recently started her own indie skincare company, Stratia Skin. Alli is an avid skincare enthusiast, and she built her products to target common skin concerns such as dehydration, fine lines and aging, and hyperpigmentation. The best thing is, all her products are science-based with proven active ingredients in effective concentrations. This is unfortunately quite hard to come by in beauty products!

My constant struggle is my battle with dehydrated skin. After years of blasting my skin with harsh cleansers and drying skincare products, I’ve finally realized over the past couple of years that I have a rather sensitive moisture barrier. My skin gets dehydrated easily, over-exfoliated quickly, and its dehydration is exacerbated by the dry Southern California weather. I also made the mistake of using an alcohol-laden sunscreen this summer which really sucked the moisture from my skin.

Stratia’s Liquid Gold sounded like just the thing to battle my dehydration. It contains effective concentrations of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to support your skin’s natural moisture barrier. It also includes other star ingredients like niacinamide for anti-aging and for fading dark spots, and hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to your skin.

The amazing yellow gold color comes from two kinds of sea buckthorn oil, which contains fatty acids and antioxidants. Sea buckthorn oil is kind of the facial oil du jour these days (it’s the key ingredient in Fresh’s Seaberry Facial Oil, for instance, another of my favorites) — it contains omega-3, 6, 7, and 9, as well as other antioxidants. The product aims to replenish the fatty content of your skin to heal dehydration and strengthen your skin’s natural defenses. The few reviews I’ve seen so far have hailed it as an amazing product that healed over-exfoliated and irritated skin almost overnight. I was eager to see if I could duplicate the results.

 

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Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Rosa Mosqueta (Rose) Hip Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Squalane (olive-derived), Cetyl Alcohol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA.

Please be aware that this is not a paraben-free product. I’m not personally against parabens (see this Beauty Brains post for my reasoning), but I can see why some people are, so do be aware of that.

 

First Impressions

Liquid Gold is marketed as a moisturizer, to be used as a last step or close to last step, sealing in other hydrating layers. It’s also a skin barrier repairing treatment. It’s not thick like a cream, but it’s not runny either. It has a consistency like an emulsion or a light lotion, but it feels very moisturizing as you apply it to your skin. You can tell that there are oils in the formula, but it doesn’t feel oily once it has absorbed. Once absorbed, it leaves very little residue on top of the skin.

There is no added fragrance, but it has a faint scent. I can only describe it as an oily, seaweedy scent. It’s not unpleasant to me, and it does fade after application.

 

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Product Performance

I love the way light moisturizers feel on my skin, but they typically aren’t moisturizing enough for me. Liquid Gold is the exception. It did a great job keeping the water (from my hydrating essences and serums) inside my skin, softening my skin, and preventing it from drying out.

I think that Liquid Gold could work for any skin type, but it works best within a layered routine. If you have more oily skin, it would probably be enough by itself as a moisturizer, as I find it very moisturizing considering it doesn’t feel heavy. If you have drier skin, it is a stellar layering component, so just slot it into your routine under a heavier cream.

I have found myself reaching for Liquid Gold more and more as the weather gets cooler. It’s such a comfortable layer to wear on the skin and I don’t have any product that compares to it in terms of moisture-to-weight ratio! It makes a great light day cream, and I often use it as a night cream with a facial oil or sleeping pack over the top.

I’ve been incorporating a 3% retinol cream over the last couple of weeks (Naruko’s am+pm A30 treatment), and while using Liquid Gold, I have seen no dryness, flaking, or irritation!

 

Bottom Line

After 3 weeks of using Liquid Gold in conjunction with a hydrating routine (and cutting out the offending sunscreen), I’m happy to report that my skin is plump, soft, and no longer dehydrated. While I won’t say that it worked any miracles overnight, I do think that Liquid Gold played a key part in supporting my skin’s natural defenses so that it could repair itself over time. I highly recommend it if your skin needs a little more support to stay moisturized and healthy.

 

Buy it at

Stratia Skin Liquid Gold for $24 for 60ml

I think this is a great value for 60ml considering all the concentrated quality ingredients. Plus, it’s great to be able to support a fellow skincare enthusiast and a small business!

 

I purchased this product with my own money and this review constitutes my honest opinion.

7 Comments

  1. Based on your review this sounds like a really promising product and I hope this brand would come up in the beauty world. I would love to try this out too but I’m very hesitant because I’m not too fond of sea buckthorn as an ingredient in my skin care products. Out of all the products that I’ve tried with sea buckthorn, I only liked one.

    Joanne at Urhappybunnie

  2. Currently spot testing this on my face! The first week, I was using it twice a day (AM and PM) and noticed that my face was really oily by the end of the day. I also have dehydrated combo skin.

    Now that I’ve switched to PM only use my face isn’t as oily by the end of the day. No breakouts so far, but possibly a few clogged pores here and there. I feel that I have to be a lot more thorough cleaning my face or else I may break out!

    Going to give this product another week. Was thinking of adding a winter moisturizer to my routine, but I don’t think I have to with Stratia Gold.

    • Is your skin type on the more oily side? It does have oils in it as well as silicone (dimethicone) so it might be heavy on the oil for someone who doesn’t need hardcore moisture =). I’d love to hear what your conclusions are about it!

  3. How do you personally apply the liquid gold? Do you spread it across your hands and pat it in or do you just put dots over your face and spread?

    • Just like any other moisturizer, I just spread it over my face and gently rub it in.

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