Made in: South Korea
What is it?: A barrier-strengthening moisturiser containing 10% panthenol (B5) to lock in moisture into the skin. The addition of Cica helps sooth the skin too. Think of this as a boosted (ingredient) version of the Glossier Priming Moisturiser; LINK.
Aims to: Improve the look of the skin and keep it that way + lock in moisture.
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types.
What I think: I think all skin types could use this. The ideal skin-type group is Combination Skin (i.e. Oily-Combo). Sensitive Skins could use this too. However Oily-Combo Skins would prefer his in the winter whereas Dry skins could use this all-year.
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Cruelty Free?: Yes
How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.
Packaging: Cardboard box (pictured below) that is recyclable. The tube itself is also made out of paper/cardboard and is recyclable. The lid is plastic however (Flip-top cap, easy to apply product).
Directions: ”Massage a good amount onto the skin to provide hydration and moisture.”
How I use it: For my Oily-Combo Skin (even in the winter), I apply this in the PM at the end of my routine. a pea-sized amount for the face and a slightly smaller amount for the neck. To achieve the perfect amount of hydration though, I would add a Hydrating Serum underneath (especially in the winter).
Key Ingredients: 10% B5 (Panthenol) – This is a skin-soothing, moisturising ingredient. Centella Asiatica / Madecassoside + Asiaticoside – These are soothing + wound-healing. Copper Tripeptide-1 (also found in Niod’s CAIS 3) is wound-healing and collagen stimulating. Niacinamide – Skin brightening, Barrier-reinforcing and Sebum-regulating. Squalane – Skin-identical emollient (moisturising). Sodium Hyaluronate (aka Hyaluronic Acid) – Hydrating. Liquorice Extract – Soothing.
Full Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Panthenol (10%), Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tromethamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Copper Tripeptide-1, Madecassic Acid
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: A decently hydrating and moisturising cream with some weight to it. It’s smooth when massaging along the skin. It doesn’t take forever to dry down either.
Sticky?: No (but the finish isn’t very smooth on the skin once dried down).
Greasy?: No, I’d call this creamy > oily (even the finish)
Balls up?: No
- As you can see, initially this is an opaque blog on the skin. It shows you there are emollients (Moisturising) ingredients in here.
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- Hopefully you can see how ”Gel-like” this product is! However it doesn’t mean that this is a feather-light, lightweight cream; it still has some weight to it. It feels like a cream moisturiser (same thickness) but with that added hydration in it.
Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes.
Summer or Winter?: Dry Skins: All-year round. Oily Skins: Winter (Even the brand states this is a more suitable cream for oilier skins in the winter).
- As you can see, this is a gel-cream. This is an in-between a gel and a cream. It’s not sticky or tacky.
Fragrance?: No added fragrance or EO (just has a typical Gel-cream smell).
Good Under Makeup?: Add too much, and this could ball up. So less is more if you would like to apply under makeup.
How long have I been using this?: 6 Months.
Will I use until Completion?: Yes.
How Long will that take?: Another 3 Months (I alternate on my Retinol Cream Days and if my skin is sensitised then I do not use this due to the Hyaluronic acid + Niacinamide).
The Effect?: Moisturised skin. This is mildly hydrating as well. This has been good to maintain a healthy skin barrier and overall keep the skin in good condition. No profound changes, but more a skin-beneficial moisturiser rather than just providing moisture.
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What I like:
- Fragrance + EO Free
- Moisturising + Mildly Hydrating
- More than a basic moisturiser (i.e. has added active ingredients to improve the skin)
- Didn’t ruin my skin (i.e. didn’t break out)
- Good for Sensitive Skin
What I don’t like:
- Might be too thick for the Summer (especially in the AM for my Oily-Combo Skin)
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – A lovely Winter Moisturiser for my oily-combo skin. It’s smooth, it’s softening and it doesn’t irritate my skin, I really enjoy moisturisers that do more than just moisturise i.e. have other actives in here that help improve the look and texture of the skin. It’s got a good balance between hydration and moisture; I do think in the winter months, I sometimes need to add a hydrating serum underneath just to add a bit more water to the skin, but this cream has been a great sealant on top.
Would I repurchase?: Yes.
Dupe?: Similar Textured Products: The Inkey List Omega Cream: LINK / Geek and Gorgeous Hydration Station Gel Cream: LINK (Very similar). Slightly thicker (just slightly): The Krave Oat so Simple Water Cream (slightly thicker): LINK / Review 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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