Made in: South Korea
What is it?: A Gently Moisturising + Hydrating Gel Cream
What does it do?: Aims to Soothe the Skin + Even out the tone while Reducing Excess Oil Production over time (with the use of Niacinamide).
Brand Description: A Moisturising Gel Cream Containing 5 Types of Cica to Soothe the Skin + Protect it from Irritation as well as Hydrating the skin.
Supposedly Good for: The brand States this is good for all Skin Types, Particularly Acne Prone + Sensitive Skin (Due to reducing Excess Sebum Production + Soothing the Skin Via Cica + Being Fragrance/EO Free.
What I think: I would agree this would suit Oily Skin and Sensitive Skin (Not Sensitised Skin), As well as my Combo-Oily Skin.
Cruelty Free?: Not Yet
Packaging: Plastic Jar with a Screw Top Lid (No Hygiene Tab + No Spatula).
Directions: ”Apply a moderate amount evenly over the face and pat lightly for better absorption.”
How I use it: I use this in the PM at the End of my Skincare Routine. I also apply it on the neck. During the Winter/Dry Months, I will apply a more emulsion-type Serum underneath to provide extra ceramides to the skin!
Key Ingredients: The 5-Types of Cica Included are: 1. Centella Asiatica Extract 2. Asiatic Acid 3. Madecassic Acid 4. Asiaticoside 5. Madecassoside – These ingredients are soothing and repairing, help with Wound Healing + Reducing Irritation.
This also contains Epigallocatechin Gallate which is found in Green Tea. It’s a Polyphenol that is anti-inflammatory + an antioxidant.
Niacinamide (Skin Brightening + Sebum Regulating) + Apple Fruit Extract (Moisturiser)
Panthenol, Liquorice Extract + Beta-Glucan (Soothing)
Full Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Niacinamide, C12-14 Isoparaffin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Pentylene Glycol, Vinyl Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tromethamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Beta-Glucan, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Madecassoside, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: The brand describes this as ”A Moisturising Gel Type with a Smooth Texture without Stickiness.” – I would agree that this feels moisturising enough for oily/combo skins and it definitely has a smooth texture. In terms of stickiness, I think if too much is added, there may be some stickiness, but even so – after rubbing this in and letting it absorb, the face doesn’t feel tacky.
This doesn’t leave an oily or greasy residue either. I think it’s Moisturising + Hydrating, especially in the Summer. As someone with Oily-Combo Skin, I do feel like I need a bit more emollients at least underneath this cream during the Winter however.
Hopefully you can see how hydrating and watery this is!
Hopefully you can see how lightweight + watery this gel cream is!
Layerability: Yes this layers fine
Summer or Winter?: More of a Summer Product – Especially for Combo + Dry Skin.
Stings if/when the Skin is Irritated/Sensitised?: Yes. If the skin is sensitised/Irritated from Heavy Retinol use or shaving, this stings. I think it’s because of the Niacinamide.
Fragrance?: No added Fragrance / Essential Oils.
Good Under Makeup?: This seems to be fine but I would say apply and let this sink in / soak in and absorb before applying foundation.
How long have I been using this?: About 3 months.
The Effect?: For me, I’ve seen mainly moisturised / hydrated skin, but this has definitely helped the upkeep of my skin’s condition (i.e. hasn’t irritated or aggrevated my skin further).
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What I like:
- Fragrance + EO Free
- Smooth + Light Texture
- Moisturising for me in the Summer (I.e. I don’t need any extra emollients)
- I like the addition of Niacinamide + Proven Soothing + Anti-inflammatory Ingredients
- Didn’t sting or irritate my skin (literally unless the skin is sensitised)
What I don’t like:
- Because this is quite thin, I don’t find this that Moisturising (during Dry/Winter Seasons for My Oily-Combo Skin)
- If the Skin is Irritated / Sensitised – this stings (which is ironic when this is meant to be a soothing cream)
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – A really Nice Gel Cream! Hydrating, Lightweight + I like the addition of 5 Types of Cica + Niacianamide as well as Panthenol + a Polyphenol, to really balance + Soothe the Skin and not irritate it. I think this is a nice, handy Gel Cream to have especially during hot and humid weather as it provides light moisture and deep, watery hydration without making the skin feel like it can’t breathe. I also like the additional skin-beneficial ingredients included – so this is providing some skin benefits in the long-term and not JUST immediate hydration.
Would I repurchase?: Yes I would!
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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