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Price: £ 19.92
Made in: South Korea
What is it?: 2 Moisturising Creams in 1 Tub. Both creams differ to each other in terms of formulation and texture and are aimed for different areas of the face or skin conditions. The Gel-side focuses more on hydration and the Cream-side focuses more on moisturisation.
Brand Description: The Moisturising Creams are divided in a U Zone and T Zone Cream – This means that the cream is meant to cover changes to the skin throughout the seasons – i.e. you can use a bit more of the U zone cream in the winter and more of the T zone cream in the Summer. The creams have two different formulas/textures to suit the skin’s changing needs even throughout the day. The gel-like cream aims to hydrate oily skin (or the T zone) without the greasiness. The creamier cream is meant to ‘soften’ dry skin and help improve the condition of it.
Supposedly Good for: Both Oily + Dry skins (due to having two types of creams in one product).
What I think: I would agree to an extent, because I think this can cater to many different skin conditions. I think sensitive skins could also use and enjoy this. I would say to those with very dry skins may not find either creams moisturising enough as neither feel thick or like a balm or oily/greasy. I have combination skin and I think this matches that type of skin well as I can mix and match both sides to get the right texture / consistency I like.
Note: This doesn’t contain added fragrance
Packaging: Plastic Tub with a screw-top lid, a hygiene tab and a spatula
Cruelty Free?: Yes
What the tub looks like:
Unscrewing the lid, this is what you see:
I like the spatula! Not as tiny as the Krave Oat so Simple Spatula (which was far too difficult to use).
Since using the cream, I did completely remove the hygiene tab as I wanted to get straight to the cream with each use. Also when first using this product, the creams do tend to stick to the hygiene tab, so you can just swipe/take product from the hygiene tab and apply to the face.
- It can get a bit messy with product on the edges, but it wasn’t a big deal as I simply wiped those bits and swiped them on my face!
Directions: ”Use the provided spatula to scoop the desired cream. Step 2. Apply T Zone Cream for Oily Areas + U Zone Cream for Dry Areas. OR Mix both for areas that need both moisture + hydration” – From the AXIS-Y website.
How I use it: I have tried this cream numerous ways and I found that my favourite way to use this cream is to actually mix the T Zone cream with the U Zone cream in a ratio that suits my specific skin needs that day/night and then apply. This is because I find that the gel cream can be a bit sticky if I apply a lot on/use it on it’s own whereas if I mix in a bit of emollients in there using the U Zone cream, it reduces the stickiness and creates a really nice watery/gel-based cream that’s lightweight and absorbs nicely. You can see in the picture below how I use them both:
I mix and match both products together and actually create a nice, watery and yet creamy texture I can apply that both moisturises and hydrated the skin.
I have found that I tend to use this cream in the PM rather than the AM as I use quite moisturising SPFs so I find that that is enough moisturiser for me. but as a PM cream, this has been good at sealing all the skincare layers underneath. Recently I even mixed in the L’Oreal Revitalift eye Cream for face (first impressions here) with this product, and it seemed to be absolutely fine when applying on the face.
T Zone Cream (The Gel):
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Isohexadecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Betaine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sorghum Bicolor Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspergillus Ferment, Chlorphenesin, Arginine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Guaiazulene
- I like betaine (both moisturising + a humectant). Guaiazulene is soothing, but I wish it was higher up on the list. It is also responsible for the blue colour the gel has! Allantoin is also soothing and so is Centella Asiatica. Hyaluronic Acid – a humectant. Liquorice is skin brightening and soothing.
My Thoughts: I like the addition of soothing and brightening ingredients as well as humectants. this is a hydrating cream that can also help calm the skin down.
U Zone Cream (The Cream):
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Sorbitol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Candelilla Cera, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sorghum Bicolor Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspergillus Ferment, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Phragmites Communis Extract, Chlorphenesin, Arginine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin
- Like the addition of Glycerin (hydrating + moisturising), Ceramide NP (moisturising), Cica (soothing), Arginine and Allantoin (soothing).
My Thoughts: You can see there’s some wax, oil and fatty acids in here – so this is a bit more emollient. This is soothing like the gel.
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Both of these creams are lightweight. Neither feel too heavy or suffocating on the skin. The T-Zone Gel is more watery, more gel-like, whereas the U-Zone cream is more cream-like in texture (but still lightweight – it’s not like a balm or like a shea-butter enriched cream). They don’t disappear into the skin and still sit on top to form that occlusive barrier, but neither creams make my skin feel like it’s sweating, especially when I mix them together or even with other creams.
I will say however that the T-Zone gel on its own can be a bit sticky, so that is also why I like to add the U-Zone cream, which really helps dilute that slight tackiness.
Now this is a cream. But it’s a lightweight cream. To me it reminds me of the Etude House Soon Jung Emulsion (Review HERE) but I prefer the texture of this cream more. It’s also quite similar to the Krave Oat so Simple Water Cream, so you can see it’s quite lightweight.
I don’t get any harsh smells from this – this simply smells like the ingredients, i.e. i can get a scent of the jojoba oil in here.
The T-Zone Gel/Cream:
Definitely more watery and less creamy. Meant for application onto the T-Zone (the oiliest part of the face). Spreads easily.
I apply this all over the face + neck, so I apply a lot and that does make the texture / finish of this quite sticky / tacky – so I do have to ’emulsify’ it a bit with the U-Zone cream to make it less sticky. I do think however if you’re simply applying this on the T-Zone, then you shouldn’t have this issue as you wouldn’t use too much (it’s just because I like these creams so much I want them both everywhere).
You can see that the gel (T-Zone cream) is transparent, it has a slight blue tint due to the Guaiazulene, and much more watery. You can understand why this gel may be more suited to the T-Zone as it isn’t oily/cream-like.
Comparison – you can compare the T-Zone Gel’s Texture vs the U-Zone Cream’s Texture:
Fragrance?: No added fragrance – some of the ingredients themselves may be fragrant as well as providing a benefit, so please refer to the ingredients list in case you are sensitive! I will say that I didn’t get any strong or off-putting smells from either cream.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes they seem to be fine – I do prefer the U-Zone (cream) for makeup priming / application as the gel may be too sticky on its own for makeup application.
How long have I been using this?: Until completion (about 2-3 months).
The Effect?: Hydrated / Moisturised skin. No irritation occurred.
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What I like:
- Lightweight! (Both sides are)
- No added essential oils or fragrance
- I like that it came with a spatula (although ultimately began to stick my finger in for convenience) + hygiene tab (although I removed the hygiene tab as it was an extra step to getting to product AND at the beginning, if not put in correctly, could squeeze out product).
- Hydrating (particularly the T-Zone Cream)
- Moisturising (particularly the U-Zone Cream)
- Customisable: 2-creams in one is a concept that I like as I really like the idea of being able to customise / mix two different types of creams together to form a texture / finish that you desire.
What I don’t like:
- Technically if you preferred one cream over the other – you are getting 1/2 the quantity of your favourite cream AND also paying for the other 1/2 that you don’t like. (but I do like both creams)
- I found that JUST using the T-Zone gel was a bit sticky for me (as I like to apply a lot). So I did have to mix even a little of the U-Zone cream to make it less sticky (which worked).
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – Genuinely nice creams! I like the idea that you can either use both, mix and match to a ratio that you like, use one in the AM or/and the pm. It’s a versatile product WHICH doesn’t have added fragrance/essential oils so my skin didn’t get irritated by this. It was simple moisture. I do think from using this, Oily/Combination/Dehydrated/Sensitive skins may prefer this over dry skins (this isn’t a thick cream – either side). But because my skin tends to be more combo, I enjoyed this! I do think it could be even more hydrating i.e. adding a complex of hyaluronic acid, to make this very suitable for dehydrated skins, but for me personally, I was happy that neither side was thick (otherwise I’d end up using only half the product). I enjoyed mixing and matching and found that I actually got my favourite texture from using both sides at once in a 1:2 ratio (more gel than cream and mix). So yes I did end up finishing one side up quicker than the other, but it didn’t mean that I was left with an ‘unfavourable’ side I didn’t like at all.
Which is great for someone like me with Combination skin. so I think oily – Oily-combination skins could really enjoy not only this cream but the T-Zone cream as well. I’m not entirely sure if dry skins would like
Would I purchase?: Yes I would! I do really like the texture of these products as they’re so lightweight and yet still hydrating with some other additional calming ingredients. I do like the idea of being able to customise your own moisturiser as the weather changes, your skin condition changes and your wants alter. so being able to change or control that is nice. I felt like my skin could breath using either or both of these creams. I wouldn’t recommend if I disliked one side compared to the other – I like them both and I think they have the best texture when mixed together, so I wouldn’t be wasting product if I purchased.
Dupe?: I haven’t found or used many products that are 2-in-1 creams – the only other one I have tried is the Joan Day and Night Cream which I really really disliked (really really strong smell and very thick – so perhaps dry skins may prefer). I actually included it in my Products I stopped using Youtube Video: LINK TO THE VIDEO IS HERE and link to the Blog post is HERE
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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