A lightweight cream to help with post-acne scars and dark spots | I'm From Licorice Calming Cream Review

Thursday 19 October 2023

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream

Every skincare product is usually based on synthetic and natural ingredients. There's nothing wrong with that - both can be amazing, but some ingredients surprise me a lot. Licorice used in I'm From Licorice Calming Cream isn't something extraordinary in skincare products. I might not be a fan of liquorice as a food, but I can't say anything bad if it comes to the cosmetical use of this ingredient. It's a brilliant ingredient to fight acne and... pigmentation.  

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream is not the newest product on the market, let's say I'm a bit late with posting. I'm not surprised that I'm From sticks to natural ingredients, especially from Korea. This time the brand focused on Iksan Licorice. 

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream

About I'm From 

I'm From is a K-beauty brand that you probably know from Wishtrend. This brand became huge lately thanks to the Mugwort series. It's a cruelty-free brand (some of the products are vegan-friendly!). I'm from is inspired by local nature, the brand wants to create honest and trustworthy products with high-quality materials. According to the Facebook pages of I'm From (English and Korean), the brand started to exist around 2014. This year I'm From released a few interesting products like the I'm From Licorice series.   

Is I'm From Licorice Calming Cream cruelty-free?  

I'm From is a cruelty-free brand.   

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream - Packaging  

I'm a big fan of I'm From design. It might not be as packed with details as I'm From Fig Scrub Mask, but I still appreciate sticking to one concept. Inside the packaging, you can find a teal tube. I usually think about black colour when I think about licorice, not teal.   

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream - Texture & Scent  

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream has a gel-like texture. It's a rich but gel-like formula. Easy to apply, and during the summer it's ideal to lower the temperature of the skin. It feels so calming. If you expect that I'm From Licorice Calming Cream is going to smell like licorice then you might get disappointed since I'm From Licorice Calming Cream doesn't have any scent. The brand didn't add any artificial scent ingredient to the product.  

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I'm From Licorice Calming Cream - Ingredients  

Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Water (58%), Propanediol, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract(0.05%), Cynanchum Atratum Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glucose, Tromethamine, Butylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate(1,000ppm), Fructooligosaccharides, Fructose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Phytate, Cellulose Gum, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Ceramide NP, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopherol, Kanzou Furabonoido(JPN)(1ppb), Xanthan Gum  

Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract has a soothing effect. It's known as Chinese Licorice, and this plant is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's a source of glycyrrhizin - a powerful saponin. It has a brightening and anti-inflammatory effect. Licorice is recommended for acne-prone skin. Water (58%) hides in cosmetic products under names such as Aqua or Eau. It's a solvent, but it's not your regular drinking water. Water in skin care needs to fit some standards. It should be clean and free from minerals, microorganisms or other substances. Usually, water makes up the majority of the content of the product. Propanediol is also known as natural glycol - an alternative to propylene glycol. Propanediol is a solvent with additional moisturizing properties. It makes the product smooth to the touch. It can even improve the effectiveness of active ingredients. Glycerin or Glycerol is a humectant. Its origin can be natural or synthetic - depending on the product. It protects TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and naturally occurs in the skin. It's one of the NMFs - natural moisturizing factors. It's practical in hair care. Glycerin won't clog your skin or irritate it just the opposite - it protects your skin from irritation. Phenyl Trimethicone is silicone and an emollient. It improves the texture of the product and makes it easier to spread on the skin. Phenyl Trimethicone leaves a delicate film on the skin to prevent your skin from TEWL. It's easy to remove it with cleansing products. This ingredient is useful in haircare products since it makes it easier to maintain your hair. In sunscreen, it makes products more resistant to water (it makes sunscreen more waterproof). Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride is a combination of coconut oil and glycerin. It's a notable emollient, quite common in skincare. It leaves a protective film on the surface of the epidermis to save your cutis from dehydration. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride has a significant role in skin care products - it makes the application process effortless. Some people might experience pore-clogging after using Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride but pore-clogging and skin reactions to ingredients are individual. What works for you might not work for someone else. 1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic solvent and preservative - it protects products from microorganisms by boosting other preservatives. At the same time, it can moisturize the skin, and it has no unpleasant effects on your epidermis. Chlorella Vulgaris Extract is an extract obtained from algae. It's a source of vitamin E, biotin, niacin, vitamin C, zinc, vitamin A and other carotenoids. This antioxidant has strong moisturizing properties. It helps with cellulite and wrinkles. It's suitable for sensitive skin. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (0.05%) is an ingredient which I prefer to see in skincare than liquorice as food. It's an amazing antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help with acne and visible red veins and it brightens the skin. Or I should say it works on pigmentation. What's better than an anti-inflammatory ingredient with brightening properties? Liquorice is not new, since it's a popular ingredient in traditional herbal medicine. It's a source of glycyrrhizinic acid and glabridin. 

Cynanchum Atratum Extract is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It has a soothing effect and it might have some anti-aging properties. Cynanchum Atratum originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (it's called Bai Wei). Althaea Rosea Flower Extract or Common Hollyhock Flower Extract is supposed to moisturize and soothe the skin. In herbal medicine, this plant is considered to be an emollient with soothing properties. Pentylene Glycol is mostly a solvent and stabilizer, but it has great moisturizing properties. Panthenol is a humectant. It prevents skin from TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss). Panthenol is also known as vitamin B5, and it helps with inflammation. Panthenol can soothe the skin irritated by preservatives, scent ingredients, and chemical sunscreens - it might have a meaning for lipids in our skin and skin barrier. It speeds up the healing process. It's good to use it after sunbathing. In hair care, Panthenol has moisturizing properties. If you have problems detangling your hair or hair growth go for Panthenol. It is good to mix it with niacinamide and zinc oxide. You can see it in products for atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​VP Copolymer is a polymer with thickening properties. Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer is a polymer that works as an emulsifier and thickener. Vinyl Dimethicone is a thickener. Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer is a synthetic powder that absorbs sebum. You can usually find it in makeup for its flawless finishing. Not every oily skin will enjoy it. Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a synthetic polymer and quite a large molecule. It works as a thickener and emulsion stabiliser. Glucose is a monosaccharide - a simple sugar, and we all know that sugars in skincare are nothing else than humectants. Tromethamine is a synthetic pH adjuster. Butylene Glycol is a common ingredient in products. It's not only a solvent. We use butylene glycol because it helps with the penetration of active ingredients, protects products from drying and moisturizes skin and hair. This ingredient can prevent hair loss and make your hair stronger. 

Dimethiconol is a silicone polymer. It works as an emollient and moisturizer. Dimethiconol leaves a film on the skin, it makes your skin soft. In hair care, this ingredient is amazing for damaged hair since it makes them more smooth. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (1,000ppm) is a soothing and antibacterial ingredient. For many people, it's the only acceptable form of Licorice. This ingredient has many positive meanings for the skin - it has moisturizing properties, and it can even lighten the dark spot. Even sensitive skin should enjoy it. Fructooligosaccharides are prebiotics. They nourish the skin and help the microbiome. Fructose is a sugar obtained from fruits, and as we already know sugar always has moisturizing properties. Microcrystalline Cellulose is an absorbent and stabilizer. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative with subtle moisturizing and antimicrobial properties. Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer is a humectant. Hydrogenated Lecithin is a version of lecithin. It works as an emollient in the formulas. Sorbitan Isostearate is an emulsifier. Sodium Phytate is a chelating agent derived from corn. It neutralizes the ions in the products to make sure your product stays fresh a bit longer. Cellulose Gum is a natural polymer. It works as a thickener. Silica is a mineral-natural ingredient. It's popular in makeup and skincare. It can absorb sebum or thicken the texture. Olivem 1000 is a combination of Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate. It's a natural emulsifier, and beauty companies use it to create an oil-in-water emulsion. Worth mentioning it's a biodegradable formula. Ceramides naturally occur in the skin - it's like cement in the skin. Ceramide NP strengthens the skin barrier to prevent dehydration. Tocopherol is an antioxidant known as Vitamin E. It's an oil-soluble vitamin that fights free radicals and makes UVB protection and natural lipid barrier stronger. It's good to mix it with vitamin C for better effects. Oily skin might react with pore-clogging to vitamin E. It is not true that vitamin E works as a preservative or helps with scars. Kanzou Furabonoido (JPN)(1ppb) or Licorice Flavonoids. This ingredient is obtained from rhizome and roots of Licorice. It's a source of Licochalcone A and Liquiritin. It has a positive meaning for acne-prone skin. Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide that works as a thickener.   

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream

How do I'm From Licorice Calming Cream work?  

I expected a lot from I'm From Licorice Calming Cream. If you ever check beauty products for acne-prone skin, you might not always see Licorice Extract, but I'm sure you might find Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate instead. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate is derived from Licorice, and it's one of the great ingredients to fight acne and PIE. I think it's a good thing that I'm From decided to focus on it. I don't see lots of people talking about this ingredient.   

The main motto of I'm From Licorice Calming Cream is 'Completely hiding the breakout scars'. Is this motto true? According to the brand you can use Licorice Calming Cream to calm sensitive skin, reduce blemish scars, and minimise redness and dryness of the skin. It's all thanks to licorice's active ingredients glycyrrhizin and galabridin. The brand put 58% of liquorice exosomes into the formula. It's easy to make a mistake, exosomes and liposomes are not the same thing.   

I didn't try the entire series (Licorice Clear Pad and Licorice Soothing Ampoule), but if it comes to I'm From Licorice Calming Cream - I love it! I used this cream during warmer months and my skin during summer is not a fan of rich textures. I always have problems with finding ideal cream during summer but I'm From Licorice Calming Cream matches my skin so well. It's not making my skin oily, but my skin stays well-moisturized. The acne got minimalized. My skin is not going through the best periods since my stress level is high and it's visible on my skin. I'm From Licorice Calming Cream visibly boosted my recovery process - acne and post-acne marks got removed quicker than if I hadn't any product related to removing blemishes and scars.   

Pigmentation and scars need time and it's a personal thing how much time your skin needs to heal. Different scars and dark spots might need different amounts of time depending on skin colour, condition and how the scar or dark spot looks like. I wouldn't expect miracles from this cream, but if you need good moisture and bonus anti-inflammatory properties then go for it.  

I'm From Licorice Calming Cream

Where to find I'm From Licorice Calming Cream and how much does it cost?  

I got this product from Wishtrend. I'm From Licorice Calming Cream costs $28 for 100ml, but sometimes you can find it on great deals at Wishtrend.   

Have you ever tried I'm From Licorice Calming Cream? What's your favourite product from this brand?



*** This post was made in a collaboration with Wishtrend
even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product. ***

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