The star ingredient your skin needs! Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream Review

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

Green tea, Rose, Propolis - these are some ingredients that went popular lately but there's one ingredient that should be trending during the winter -  Ceramide! Ceramides naturally occur in the skin barrier, they prevent the skin from TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and many other external factors. Couple months ago, COSRX - a South Korean brand which we can call a saviour of many acne-prone skins decided to release a new product Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream - I saved it for Autumn and Winter to share with you the review. 

Why COSRX is so popular?

COSRX is a South Korean brand which you might know from Reddit or websites like Allure. Lots of beauty bloggers love COSRX and there's one reason why COSRX got so big - the product quality and the affordable price. COSRX for me was one of the first K-beauty brands I tried and I keep buying their Acne Pimple Master Patches all the time - in the US it's different but in Europe getting acne patches is not an easy thing. In 2018 COSRX released so many products that I had a problem to be up to date with all the new products. Even if COSRX is mostly known for their acne-prone skincare products they make their formulas simple and universal so even if your skin is dry you might be still able to use them - oily skin can get dehydrated as well. COSRX is a cruelty-free brand and that's another good point of this brand, but it's not a vegan brand since they use snail mucin, beeswax, propolis, etc. 

Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

The first look on Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

The tube looks like an allantoin cream from a pharmacy even if it's more plastic, easier to use and the colours are different. Somehow this product fits the entire collection of COSRX products - it's minimalistic and the tube comes in a paper box. The tube contains 80g of the cream which you should use in 12 months, from what do I understand the packaging is recyclable. I cannot say anything bad about the design of this product. 

Tea lovers might love the scent, but what about texture?

The texture and scent are bit strange and funny - I can clearly smell Bergamot Oil and I'm not wrong - even if it's the last ingredient on the list I still feel it. The texture is like a cream that is not gel but it's very ductile. You can feel the oiliness in it and that doesn't mean this cream has to be bad or comedogenic, it's more about making a layer to prevent TEWL. The product itself contains some oils and that might be the reason why it's so oily. 

Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

Ceramides, Centella and what else you can get?

Let's look at something interesting like the ingredients list, the source is what you can find on the back of the packaging. 

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sucrose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipropylene Glycol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, BeesWax, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

The ingredients don't look bad. Ceramide NP is the 11th ingredient on the list even if it's a main star of the product. Ceramides naturally occur in the skin and they have an important role in keeping the skin barrier healthy and protecting the body from external factors like dust, etc. Ceramides have an important role in keeping your skin moist - they protect your skin from TEWL - transepidermal water loss. Ceramide NP accompanied with Glycerin, Betaine and Sodium Hyaluronate it's a great moisturizer that should help dry skin. There's also Cyclomethicone which is an ingredient that you can love or hate. It works like an emollient and it makes the formula easy to spread on the surface of the skin, but because of the "cone" ending you can easily judge it's silicone so there are people that keep themselves away from silicones, for me - it's not a problem. There are ingredients related to Centella like Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid and Madecassic Acid. All these 4 ingredients have a positive meaning to the skin - they speed up the healing and regenerating processes but they are also good moisturizers. If you need more moisture, there's a Panthenol waiting for you, Panthenol is also known as provitamin B5, it's a soothing ingredient which sensitive skin will love. Panthenol is not the only vitamin here, COSRX made a smart move with choosing Niacinamide because Niacinamide and Ceramide mixture is a key to success. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 increases ceramide synthesis and makes the skin protection even better. Plus it has other positive effects on the skin - if you have problems with pigmentation niacinamide can be helpful in your skincare. But life is not always sweet and there are some ingredients that you might react to like Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil which is a scent ingredient that I can strongly feel and which might be irritating but also a comedogenic Cetearyl Alcohol. Personally, I have a problem with Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil and Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil - I don't like palm oil no matter if it's in my food or skincare. It's worth to mention that this product contains 10,000 ppm of Ceramide NP, 50% of Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, and 500 ppm of Centella Asiatica Medical Grade Extract according to the COSRX

Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream - how does it work on the skin?

How do I feel about this product? The texture is bit weird and it's more like a night cream or a cream for a very cold winter than a cream which I can use on a daily basis because some sunscreens and foundations don't go along with it. The scent is not really easy to spot on your skin and the cream doesn't leave the sticky film but you can still feel it on your skin because after the application skin is getting soft and velvet in touch. If you have fresh wounds or acne - the Bergamot Oil might be irritating but the good thing is that the tiny amount of the cream is enough to cover the face and neck. I always wait about 30 minutes before I go to sleep because if you put your face on the pillow after the application - the whole formula will end up on the pillow. It's not a very lightweight formula but I wouldn't call it heavy. As I said before for dry skin, sensitive skin, winter and skin that needs to restore the skin barrier this cream might be an option. 

So how much does this cream cost? 80g of the product costs $26 on Amazon and it's sold by COSRX itself but I'm sure some stores have it cheaper. 

COSRX made lots of good products but Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream is definitely a product which is bit outstanding from the offer and needs more companions like Ceramide toner, etc. How knows what COSRX will make next time. Overall, it's a product which I might go back to during the winter or when my skin gets worse. 

Do you know this cream? Have you ever tried any COSRX product?

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