This cream comes in a jar (not the biggest fan of jar packaging as you may know) and despite the plastic packaging, it does look luxurious and classy. There is a good weight to it and it feels sturdy. I like that the product is encased in a opaque jar as this reduces the amount of light exposure that can break down beneficial ingredients, rendering them useless. The jar packaging, however, enables exposure to air and germs which helps fasten the rate in which beneficial ingredients degrade as well.
As my skin is pretty dehydrated (and it does not help that I am testing out the Stridex Pads with salicylic acid which dries the skin up as well), I do find that this cream really does help supply the required hydration to my skin. My skin does not feel tight throughout the day and the dry patches haves subsided.
I also noticed that my makeup goes atop this cream nicely as well. Some moisturisers can result in the foundation application ending up streaky due to the incompatibility of ingredients (e.g. water and oil).
A little goes a long way and I realised that if I slather this on (which I did at the beginning), the cream is too rich for my skin and I had quite a few small bumps around my cheek area. I usually use about a dollop roughly the size of a 10 cent coin and it is sufficient for my face and neck.
One thing I have to say is that I am not a big fan of the scent of this cream. Despite fragrance being the third last ingredient, the scent is pretty strong and I am not sure if the oriental ingredients contribute to this. For those with extremely sensitive skin, this could possibly be a source of skin irritation.
Ingredients (words in italics are its functions – I only added for those ingredients with a higher concentration):
Water, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Myristate (skin-softening agent and emollient), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (skin-softening agent and emollient), Petrolatum (skin soothing and emollient), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-softening), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient fatty alcohol), Synthetic Wax (binding and stabilizing agent), Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide (Antioxidants , Vitamins , Skin-Soothing , Skin-Restoring), Polysorbate 60 (cleansing agent), Sorbitan Sesquioleate (emulsifier) ,Dimethicone (emollient, silicones) , Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate (skin replenishing and antioxidant), Cercis Chinensis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Uncaria Sinensis Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba, Bark Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (sesame seed extract), Angelica Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius( Safflower) flower extract, Trifolium Pratense(Clover) flower extract, Papaver Rhoeas Petal Extract,Pueraria Thunbergiana Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract,Squalane, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Bud Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium ETA,Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140, CI 15985
After using this for about 3 weeks now, I can say that my skin definitely is more hydrated and supple though I am unable to really attest to the refining of wrinkles. I think this cream would be great for those with dry or dehydrated skin as it really does provide a boost of moisture. It can be a tad heavy for those with oily skin. Also, using only a small amount of cream during application is key.
When searched online, this retails for USD 40.95 on Kmall24, if you’re interested.