Plush Cream Lightweight Moisturizer

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 Stars (282 Reviews)
(Based on 282 reviews)
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 Stars (282 Reviews)
(Based on 282 reviews)

An ultra lightweight, gentle moisturizer that locks in hydration for nourished skin without a heavy feel.

2.0 fl oz / 60 ml

Key Benefits:
  • Hydrates skin
  • Repairs the skin barrier
  • Calms irritation
Key Ingredients:
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Squalane
  • Marula oil
  • Niacinamide
  • Panthenol
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Plush Cream


Ideal for layering after your serums, Plush Cream is a light-as-air daily moisturizer enriched with hyaluronic acid, squalane, and marula oil to thoroughly hydrate and support skin with a featherweight feel.

We combined these powerful hydrators alongside anti-aging and calming ingredients like niacinamide, panthenol, algae extract, and aloe. Together, the nourishing blend repairs and restores the skin barrier while improving fine lines, calming redness, and comforting irritation.

With added antioxidant-rich white tea and anti-inflammatory bisabolol, our quick-absorbing, non-comedogenic formula disappears into the skin, providing long-lasting hydration for a smooth, soft complexion.

This airy gel cream can be used by all skin types, but is especially helpful for oily or combo skin types, and in hot or humid climates.

Powerful hydrators with a featherweight texture
  • Powerfully hydrating glycerin and hyaluronic acid attract moisture to keep skin soft and supple
  • Squalane and marula oil are rich in antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids to replenish skin
  • Non-comedogenic, weightless formula disappears into skin without a heavy or greasy feel

Boosted by skin-barrier supporting and skin soothing ingredients
  • Anti-aging, skin-barrier strengthening niacinamide and panthenol balance complexion
  • Calming anti-inflammatories algae extract, aloe, and bisabolol reduce redness
  • Antioxidant-rich white tea extract further protects the skin from environmental stressors

For AM and/or PM. Apply a thin layer of cream to the face, neck, and chest after serums. Massage product in until it is fully absorbed.

Layer your products from thinnest to thickest in texture, waiting a full minute between each product.

Key Ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, squalane, marula oil, niacinamide, panthenol

Supporting Ingredients

Aloe, algae extract, white tea extract, bisabolol

All Maelove products are safe for sensitive skin, made in the US, vegan, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrances. We don't use ingredients that are banned in the EU or in the USA.

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Product Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Based on 282 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 226 Total 4 star reviews: 27 Total 3 star reviews: 15 Total 2 star reviews: 10 Total 1 star reviews: 4
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282 reviews
  • JA
    Jennifer A.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Oil control, Fine lines and wrinkles
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Gentle, Hydrating, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 hours ago
    Lightweight moisturizer

    Perfect face moisturizer! Light weight yet hydrating! Is perfect for the hot humid climate I love in. Skin feels heavenly soft after.

  • SM
    Shawn M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Normal
    What is your skin type? Normal
    Product Standouts Great texture, Gentle, Hydrating, Easy To Use
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great product

    First time ordering this and really like it. Perfect for summer. Not too heavy, not too light. Wish they had a larger size.

  • RD
    Rosanne D.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dryness, Fine lines and wrinkles, Dark spots, Sun Damage
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Gentle, Hydrating, Unique
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 days ago
    Plush Cream

    Love the moisturizer as it's very comfortable to wear, even under makeup!

  • SH
    Svetlana H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Redness and sensitivity, Acne and blemishes, Dark spots, Dryness
    How old are you? 35-44
    What is your skin type? Dry
    Product Standouts Gentle, Hydrating, Easy To Use, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Perfect lightweight moisturizer!

    I’m so glad I purchased this face cream for the summer. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel heavy underneath my sunscreen.

  • YL
    Yvonne L.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Redness and sensitivity, Oil control, Fine lines and wrinkles
    How old are you? 45-54
    What is your skin type? Oily
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Gentle, Great Ingredients, Hydrating
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    The best

    The best moisturizer I have ever used it does exactly what it says it does .I recommend it!!! I'm a Licensed Esthetician and I approve this product!!!

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For the Curious

Moisturizing creams provide hydration and can smooth skin, but many find them hard to tolerate because they are greasy, heavy or pore clogging. Particularly in summer months, a heavy cream may have an unpleasant feel and may leave streaks with sweating. Further, heavy moisturizers are unnecessary in humid weather.

The solution to this dilemma is in light-as-air whipped creams that are formulated to disappear into the skin and leave a soft, matte finish. The Plush Cream is in this category of moisturizers but has further ambitions as well, sparing none of the luxuriousness of calming and skin-barrier supporting actives of the best anti-aging or specialty creams.

While many creams, even the most expensive, use fossil-fuel derived ingredients such as mineral oil or petroleum, this leads to negative properties that include pore-clogging, greasiness, and environment unfriendliness (Purnamawati et al. 2017). The Plush Cream opts instead to use natural and plant-based ingredients hyaluronic acid, squalane and marula oil that get the job done, but without clogging pores, or leaving a heavy feel.

Hyaluronic acid is considered one of the best humectants, which means it is “hygroscopic,” attracting water and holding onto it. In fact, it can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water! In humid conditions, it can take this water from the environment. It is called “nature’s moisturizer” in part because it is naturally found in the human skin as one of the main glycosaminoglycans of the dermis (Necas et al. 2008).

Humectants are combined with emollients and occlusives that can then prevent the water from evaporating (Purnamawati et al. 2017). Squalane functions as both an emollient and an occlusive. Squalene is a natural component of sebum and one of the most common lipids produced by human skin cells. The amount of squalene produced naturally by the body decreases drastically after age 30 contributing to dry skin with aging. Squalane is a saturated form of squalene that is less susceptible to oxidation making it an ideal choice for use in moisturizers. Further, it does not have an oily feel, is odorless, does not lead to acne, is antibacterial and safe for sensitive skin (Sethi et al. 2016).

Marula oil is from the nut of the African Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) tree and has been traditionally used by African peoples including the Zulu and Tsonga peoples for skincare for thousands of years. Marula oil contains saturated and unsaturated fatty acids including a high concentration of oleic acid, and also palmitic acid, linoleic acid, palmitoleic acid, and stearic acid. It has been shown to be non-irritating, moisturizing and hydrating as an emollient, and with occlusive properties (Komane et al. 2015).

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is one of the most well-studied and gold standard ingredients in moisturizers, and particularly in moisturizers that are anti-aging. It directly combats age-related declines in cofactors that are necessary for a strong skin barrier. In other words, it supports the long-term hydration of skin by helping kickstart the body’s natural skin barrier strengthening mechanisms that may have become faulty with aging (Matts et al. 2002).

Niacinamide has been shown to increase levels of skin barrier lipids such as ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol and decrease trans-epidermal water loss (Tanno et al. 2008), as well as increase protein levels such as for collagen, keratin, fillaggrin, and involucrin that also experience age-related declines (Gehring 2004, Bissett et al. 2006). This is why Niacinamide can also combat fine lines and wrinkles (Bisset et al. 2006). Further, it can lead to long-term improvements in skin hydration which does not occur with moisturizers that do not contain niacinamide (Soma et al. 2005).

Panthenol (provitamin B5) is another excellent humectant. It is absorbed into the skin where it is converted into pantothenic acid which is hygroscopic. This is in part why panthenol is an excellent moisturizer. The other is that pantothenic acid is a constituent of coenzyme A which is a cofactor in the synthesis of fatty acids and sphingoplipids that strengthen the skin barrier (Proksh et al. 2017). It is one of the most time-tested ingredients in moisturizers shown in double-blind clinical trials conducted over several decades to be effective and safe at hydrating, repairing and restoring a damaged skin barrier (Proksch et al. 2017, Scott et al. 2022). Along with niacinamide, panthenol was found to have anti-inflammatory action as well and significantly reduce facial redness (Nisbet et al. 2019).

Yes you can. However, it is always advisable to double check your skincare products and ingredients with your doctor and follow their protocol.

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Komane B, Vermaak I, Summers B, Viljoen A (2015). “Safety and efficacy of Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich) Hochst (Marula) oil: A clinical perspective.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 176: 327-335.

Necas J, Bartosikova L, Brauner P, Kolar J (2008). “Hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan): a review.” Veterinarni Medicina 53(8): 397-411.

Purnamawati S, Indrastuti N, Danarti R, Saefudin T (2017). “The Role of Moisturizers in Addressing Various Kinds of Dermatitis: A Review.” Clinical Medicine and Research 15(3-4): 75-87.

Sethi A, Kaur T, Malhotra SK, Gambhir ML (2016). “Moisturizers: The Slippery Road.” Indian J Dermatol 61(3): 279-287.

Bissett DL, Oblong JE, Berge CA (2006). “Niacinamide: A B Vitamin that Improves Aging Facial Skin Appearance.” Dermatologic Surgery 31: 860-866

Gehring W (2004). “Nicotinic acid/ niacinamide and the skin.” J Cosmet Dermatol 3: 88-93.

Matts PJ, Oblong JE, Bissett DL (2002).“A review of the range of effects of niacinamide in human skin.” IFSCC5(4):285-289.

Nisbet SJ, Targett D, Rawlings AV, Qian K, Wang X, Lin CB, Thompson MA, Bulsara PA, Moore DJ (2019). “Clinical and in vitro evaluation of new anti-redness cosmetic products in subjects with winter xerosis and sensitive skin.’ Int J Cosmet Sci 41: 534-547.

Proksch E, de Bony R, Trapp S, Boudon S (2017). “Topical use of dexpanthenol: a 70th anniversary article.” J Dermatol Treatment 28(8): 766-773.

Scott LN, Fiume M, Bergfield WF, Belsito DV, Hill RA, Klaassen CD, Liebler DC, Marks Jr JG, Shank RC, Slaga TJ, Snyder PW, Heldreth B (2022). “Safety Assessment of Panthenol, Pantothenic Acid, and Derivatives as Used in Cosmetics.” Int J Toxicol 41(3_suppl): 77-128.

Soma Y, Kashima M, Imaizumi A, Takhama H, Kawakami T, Mizoguchi M (2005). “Moisturizing effects of topical nicotinamide on atopic dry skin.” Int J Dermatol 44: 197-202.

Tanno O, Ota Y, Kitamura N, Katsube T, Inoue S (2008). “Nicotinamide increases biosynthesis of ceramides as well as other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier.” British J Dermatol 143(3): 524-531.

Deep Guide to Niacinamide - How it works and why it should be a part of everyone's skincare routine

This writeup was lead-authored by our senior technical adviser, Sunbin Song, PhD. Sunbin graduated from MIT with a degree in Biology before receiving a doctorate in neuroscience from Georgetown and...