elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution & Advanced Calming Solution Review

elmt is a new, exclusive skincare brand from Wishtrend, an online retailer of Korean skincare. I was sent the Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution to test out and I’m ready to share my thoughts!

For reference, I am acne prone, normal to dry skin. I am currently using 0.1% Tretinoin in my skincare routine so my skin is a bit sensitive as well. I used these solutions as my sole hydrator in my skincare routine for a couple of weeks on their own after rotating them in my skincare routine first to make sure I had no reactions.


Products are PR Samples. This does not change my opinion of the products.
My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

All shopping links are affiliate links. This means when you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to search a new link.


About elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution

“This solution gently but effectively exfoliates the complexion while keeping it moisturized and supple all at once. The Gentle Exfoliating Solution is formulated with AHA and vitamin C, which work together to remove dead skin cells to uncover your skin’s inner glow. To help balance the exfoliating properties, an antioxidant-rich super berry complex composed of 49.02% blueberry and raspberry extracts reduces inflammation and irritation, while also promoting cell turnover. All combined, you have a great daily exfoliator.”

Wishtrend.com

Price: $20 USD
Amount: 150ml
pH: 3.0~4.0
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend, use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off



elmt Advanced Calming Solution

“This lightweight, liquid-type solution doubles as a toner and serum that quickly absorbs into the skin to deliver a calming, regenerative experience for irritated skin. Enriched with more than 59.12% Centella Asiatica extract, a superstar ingredient highly lauded for thousands of years as a part of reparative skincare in Asia, and snow fungus-derived polysaccharides, which keeps the skin moisturized and comfortable, the Advanced Calming Solution is a one-stop solution to hydrate, heal and soothe.”

Wishtrend.com

Price: $20 USD
Amount: 150ml
pH: 5.0~6.0
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend, use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS:

  • Made in Korea
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Cruelty Free

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution Ingredients

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution

Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Trehalose, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Panthenol, Allantoin

The elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution has a base of Blueberry Fruit Extract at 49.02% which comes from a fruit high in antioxidants, followed by good ol’ Glycerin, a humectant that’s naturally occurring in our skin. It also contains Rasberry Fruit Extract and 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid for antioxidants. The latter ingredient plus Licorice Root Extract can also aid in brightening. The formula also contains the classic combo of Allantoin and Panthenol for Soothing. Just before this soothing combo, we see the actual exfoliants – Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).

I do question the exfoliating power of this solution however. While it contains AHAs and the pH level is low for them to perform, the percentage is very low. If the chemical exfoliant was Salicylic Acid, I would have more faith, for a 0.5% concentration of this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is effective. With AHA, the concentration needs to be higher, otherwise they perform more like humectants, and that’s what I fear it is doing in this solution. I believe in South Korea, the percentage of AHAs and BHAs for OTC products is limited, whereas over here in North America we can easily find AHAs at concentrations of 5-10% and BHAs up to 2%.


elmt Advanced Calming Solution

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Water, Centella Asiatica Leaf/ Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Propanediol, Pullulan, Trehalose, Panthenol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Centella Asiatica Root Extract

The elmt Advanced Calming Solution is in a base of the fan-fave ingredient, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water at 59.12%. Soothing ingredients Panthenol, Allantoin, and Centella Asiatica Root Extract are also in the formula to add to the soothing factor. There’s also humectants Glycerin, Pullulan, Trehalose, and Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide.


Firstly, I appreciate the minimal ingredients list in these elmt solutions and how the focus is on the purpose of each one.

The elmt Advanced Calming Solution does not have any intense active, and focuses more on humectants and soothing ingredients. While it doesn’t seem as fancy as the Gentle Exfoliating Solution, sometimes boring and gentle is what you need in your skincare routine!


Experience Using elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution

Both solutions are in the same dark green glass packaging that have a white plastic twist-off cap with a spout for dispensing. Texture is also the same for both, very watery. For both I would apply 3 layers all over my face and neck like I would any hydrator.

No matter the amount of layers, I found no trace of moisture on my skin, both solutions would just disappear. The Advanced Calming Solution has a slight bit more slip but the overall feel on the skin is the same. These solutions seem better as a “morning cleanse” in my AM routine by drenching a cotton round with one of the elmt solutions and wiping my face and neck.

My doubts of the elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution happened – it does not exfoliate. I was hoping to see some mild decongesting around my nose, but my sebaceous filaments looked the same. I also hoped to feel some conditioning effects on my skin so it feels slightly smoother, but it just disappears and my skin has stayed the same.

The elmt Advanced Calming Solution did calm my skin a bit when I applied it after my skin was sensitized from a vitamin C serum. Another instance when my skin became irritated from an active I used, I only used this solution to help address the redness I developed. I saw and felt no difference in my skin this, and did not notice it helping reduce inflammation around my breakouts either. I experienced these types of benefits with the By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence, so I was hoping to have a similar experience with the elmt Advanced Calming Solution.


Final Thoughts on elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution

I appreciate the thought in the formulas and the amount you get for the price, but the performance of both elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution was sub-par on my acne-prone, normal to dry skin. In the few weeks I’ve had these products, they have not made a noticeable difference in my skincare routine; It just felt like I was applying water. No trace of additional moisture to be found, the Advanced Calming Solution did soothe my skin a bit, but not as much as other items I have with Centella Asiatica. The Gentle Exfoliating Solution does not exfoliate my skin, it performs more as a light antioxidant water, so I don’t really know if anything is happening. Usually if I want a product for exfoliation, I need at least 5% AHA and 0.5% BHA to notice any difference on my skin.

This new skincare launch was lackluster for me, it just doesn’t seem to pair well with my parched skin. Based on the texture alone, those of you with an oilier skin-type would enjoy them more than my thirsty, dry skin. I’m curious if any of you have ever noticed exfoliating benefits from a small amount of AHA in a formula – if you have, please let me know in the comments down below! It could just be my skin being too acclimated to strong chemical exfoliants.

WHERE TO BUY:

Wishtrend – “MICHXMASH” 15% OFF

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

I’m From Rice Serum and Cream Review

Back in November 2020, I received a lovely package of I’m From’s Rice Toner, Serum and Cream. I’m a fan of their toner for how it instantly softens and brightens my skin while performing as a great supplemental moisturizing product. I even featured it in my Skincare Favourites of 2020!

I’ve been rotating all three products in my skincare routine for a few months now and I’m ready to share my thoughts! Note I have already done a full review on I’m From Rice Toner so I’ll leave a link to that down below. In this post, I’ll specifically be reviewing their serum and cream.

I’m From Rice Toner Review

I also have a Youtube video reviewing all 3 products!


Products are PR Samples. This does not change my opinion of the products.
My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

All shopping links are affiliate links. This means when you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to search a new link.


About I’m From Rice Serum and Cream

I’m From Rice Serum

This serum contains 73% Rice Germ Fermented Extract, which retains more than 65% of the nutritional value in a grain of rice. It is also rich in vitamin B and powerful antioxidants, which will boost collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Use this serum before the rice cream to double the effect.

Wishtrend.com

Price: $27 USD
Amount: 30ml
pH: 5.0~7.0 (6.1)
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

I’m From Rice Cream

“Rice is known as the 1000 years Asian Beauty Secret. The cream contains rice bran extract rich in ceramide that has been distilled and specially treated by the in-house technology to help improve the skin tone and barrier from sun damage. It is rich in beauty minerals and vitamins B and E and effectively controls excessive sebum production. Together with the rice toner and serum, this cream will be ideal for daily use.”

Wishtrend.com

Price: $30 USD
Amount: 50ml
pH: 6.6~8.6 (7.9)
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS:

  • Made in Korea
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Cruelty Free

I’m From Rice Serum and Cream Ingredients

I’m From Rice Serum

INCIDecoder

Aspergillus/Rice Germ Ferment Extract Filtrate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone , Water (Aqua), Cyclohexasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol,Squalane, Betaine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Panthenol,C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Madecassoside, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glutathione

I’m From Rice Cream

INCIDecoder

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Vinyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Bisabolol, Cetearyl Olivate, Panthenol, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol, Phytosphingosine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin

“…rice bran is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol.

The bran also contains moisturizing polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.”

Paula’s Choice’s ingredient dictionary

I personally enjoy using rice based products in my skincare routine because I notice various benefits such as brightening, skin softening, and extra moisture. I experienced this from the Naruko Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Essence (gift) with 94% Rice Lee’s Extract (featured in my latest morning winter skincare routine), as well as I’m From’s Rice Toner (gift) with 77.78% Rice Extract.

The I’m From Rice Serum contains a good 73% of Aspergillus/Rice Germ Ferment Extract Filtrate, in addition to other brightening ingredients like Niacinamide and Licorice Root Extract. There are also some soothing factors in this serum coming from the Panthenol, Allantoin, Madecassoside, and Purslane Extract. In addition, we have some lovely moisturizing ingredients in the formula such as Glycerin and a couple of Hyaluronic Acid molecules for humectants, and Squalane, an oil that can be found in our skin’s own sebum.

The I’m From Rice Cream has 41% Rice Bran Extract Water. Since this is Rice Bran Extract Water, I’m assuming that the claimed benefits of Rice Bran Extract will be more watered down. Similar to the serum, the cream contains moisturizing ingredients Glycerin, HA molecules and Squalane; It also has Shea Butter, Rice Bran Oil, Ceramide NP, and Phytosphingosine to add more emollience. The cream also has Panthenol and Bisabolol for soothing, all rounder Niacinamide and Tocopherol for antioxidants.

Based on the ingredients list alone, both the I’m From Rice Serum and Cream contain a really nice variety of moisturizing, soothing, brightening, antioxidant and wound-healing ingredients, all of which are great at supporting any actives in your skincare routine.


Experience using I’m From Rice Serum and Cream

I’m From Rice Serum and Cream are both in glass components; Serum dispenses product with a plastic pump, and the cream is in a jar with a twist off lid. Texture wise, both the serum and cream definitely have cosmetic elegance. Neither of them are sticky and they are enjoyable to use in my skincare routine. The serum is a gel milky texture, the cream feels like it’s a dense but light cream. There is no scent coming from these products and it’s fairly easy to incorporate them in my existing skincare routine.

I use both the serum and cream as supplemental moisturizing products in my skincare, to which find myself using a generous amount of each of them. I’m so used to using layers of a viscous lotion this time of year, the serum does not seem enough with one or two pumps – I actually use around four pumps. I have used this as the 2nd hydrator step in my current Nighttime Winter Skincare Routine and have noticed its soothing benefits if my skin felt particularly sensitive that night. While the cream is a lovely texture, it is definitely not enough for my skin this time of year; I tried using it as a standalone moisturizer and I felt my skin become dry as the day progressed. I feel it may perform better come the warmer, more humid months for my skin type, but for those that are not as dry and prone to rough texture, you may enjoy this cream during the colder months. For now I have been using it either to “sandwich” my Retin-A Micro or ocassionally swap it with the serum as a 2nd hydrator step.


Final Thoughts on I’m From Rice Serum and Cream

At first I was a bit “meh” about the new I’m From Rice Serum and Cream, but continued use of them changed my mind. The I’m From Rice Toner is still my preferred product out of the line because I find it gives me better skin benefits such as brightening, even complexion, skin softening, and additional moisture. Out of the two new products, I like the serum best; I became fond of it with increasing use because it still has a high amount of a rice extract, plus how gentle it is with the concoction of supportive ingredients it has. My one gripe is the 30ml amount, but I should try to lower the amount I use. I probably don’t need that much but I’m so used to applying a generous amount of supplemental moisturizing products, especially this dry time of year. The cream is also lovely to use, but if you watched my recent Winter Skincare Routine, you know that the 50ml of moisturizer is not enough for me and it doesn’t seem as cost-effective. I also find I notice the instant brightening benefits from rice extract the best from the toner and serum vehicles, but overall I enjoy using it and like the formula.

And that’s all folks! As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative.

WHERE TO BUY:

Wishtrend – “MICHXMASH” 15% OFF
YesStyle – “YESMICH” 4% OFF RETURNING ORDERS

xo, M

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Collection Review

I’ve always heard great things about Neogen, particularly their foaming cleansers and toning pads. StyleKorean sent a generous PR package of their Probiotic Collection to test out and review! I have been rotating all the products in my skincare routine for almost a month now, and I’m ready to share my experience with you all.

I was also sent their Probiotics Relief Sun Essence. You can read more about it in a Sunscreen Sunday post which I will link here!

PR Samples sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
Disclosure


ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS COLLECTION

The Neogen Probiotics Collection contains a variety of products that include fermented ingredients such as Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate and/or Bifida Ferment Lysate. The primary goal is to build a strong skin barrier and aid our skin’s microbiome. Building and maintaining our skin barrier is crucial to skin health, for a weakened barrier is a common denominator in many skin concerns – for myself, that would be my acne-prone, dry skin!

While inspecting all the ingredients list, my eyes kinda wanted to pop out of my skull, for they are jacked with some good stuff! I gathered the lists from multiple online retailers and cross-referenced all 7 in a google document to see which ingredients are shared to avoid repeating myself throughout the post. Sorry if it’s not 100% accurate, I did my best to re-check everything.

All 7 have these shared ingredients: Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, one or more type of Ceramide, Cholesterol, Phospholipids, and Hyaluronic Acid and/or its derivatives.

6/7 have these shared ingredients:

  • Excluding Relief Cream: Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Arginine, Allantoin, Hydrolized Collagen, Lactic Acid, and Tocopherol or Tocopheryl Acetate.
  • Excluding Mist: Peptides – Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hexapeptide-9, Tripeptide-2, Nonapeptide-1, Hexapeptide-11, and/or Copper Tripeptide-1
  • Excluding Toning Pads: Amino Acids Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Threonine, Serine, Valine, Histidine, Isoleucine, and Phenylalanine, and Propolis Extract

5/7 have these shared ingredients:

  • excluding Toning Pads and Relief Cream: Aspartic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Trehalose, Squalane

After scouring all 7 ingredients lists, I’m kind of stunned. Were Neogen skincare products always this loaded!?!? As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to get all the lotions and potions on my face.

The products in the Neogen Probiotics Collection more or less aim to do the same thing – short term add extra moisture to the skin and offer a bit of brightness, long term strengthen skin’s barrier. What it comes down to is your choice of vehicle – what kind of product do you like best and/or will suit your routine? Below I provide the amount of the fermented ingredients in each product and my general experience.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS YOUTH REPAIR MIST

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 71ppm – 0.0071%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 7ppb – 0.0000007%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2ppb – 0.0000002%

The Neogen Probiotics Youth Repair Mist is a bi-phase mist that contains 5% oil, and 95% water. I am quite in awe of the mister, for I have never used one that delivered such a soft mist to the skin! I generously sprayed this on my face when it was feeling VERY dry (tight feeling and void of moisture kinda dry) and surprisingly my face did feel more comfortable, and the feeling lasted until I had to do my nighttime skincare routine. I guess I was surprised it actually helped because the mist is so light and feels like nothing on the skin. I did notice a bit of a shimmer from it, which I’m personally wary of since I don’t want to use anything to emphasize my textured skin. I also tried this mist over makeup and it did not disrupt the wear – again the mist is quite fine so that concern never crossed my mind.


NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF TONING PADS

Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake) – 10%
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 5%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 4.9ppm – 0.00049%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 1.4ppm – 0.00014%

This is my second time ever trying toning pads, the first time trying Neogen ones, and I have to say, they suit my routine well! In the morning I usually wipe my face with a hydrating toner using a cotton round, so Neogen’s Probiotic Relief Toning Pads just put the 2 things I need in one packaging. They’re all nicely saturated and the jar is even filled halfway with serum, I also like that it comes with a little clip to grab a round!


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS RELIEF MASK

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 8.5%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 7ppb – 8.4ppm – 0.00084%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2.4ppm – 0.00024%


For some reason I was so surprised to see a thick milky texture in the sheet mask’s package – I usually tend to go for the clear, light looking serum sheet masks so I wasn’t sure how this would feel. The mask itself was very round and the slits were only on the nose and cheeks – it would’ve been more useful if there were more for the jaw area, because it kept peeling off for me. After 15 minutes my face looked great – really smooth-looking, bright, pores looked smaller, and my skin felt very well conditioned.

NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS YOUTH REPAIR EMULSION

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 71ppm – 0.0071%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 7ppb – 0.0000007%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2ppb – 0.0000002%

Very light lotiony texture, I can’t recall using another milky product like this. I usually go for hydrating products like this mostly because of the size – way more than you’d get in an average size serum and still similar ingredients, so I can use a more generous amount all over my face and neck. It did not set as thick as I thought it would and it felt quite pleasant.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS DOUBLE ACTION SERUM

Probiotic Serum
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 21%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 21ppm – 0.0021%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 6ppm – 0.0006%

Pro Barrier Action Serum
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 10ppm – 0.001%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 0.98ppb – 0.000000098%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 0.28ppb – 0.000000028%

I personally do not see the need for 2 separate serums. Both of them have the same three fermented ingredients at different concentrations, the Peptides, Allantoin, Betaine, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Cholesterol… there are some minor differences in the formula that make one seem thicker over the other. I guess it’s just to have options if you buy one of the Probiotics products. The textures are both lighter than the emulsion, but one offers more ferment. I find with this type of formula, I’m more likely to incorporate it when layering various hydrators in my routine.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS YOUTH REPAIR CREAM

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 14.3%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 14ppm – 0.0014%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 0.0004%

Neogen’s Probiotics Youth Repair Cream is formulated with the most ferment filtrate out of the two moisturizers in the collection and the richer texture of the two. I like how emollient the finish feels on this one and it does feel like it satisfies my skin’s moisture levels a bit more. It’s not on the same level as my current go-to, but I noticed this moisturizer was all I needed when I used a sheet mask prior! Other times I paired it with an occlusive over top since it is winter now and I did not want to risk feeling too dry in the morning.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS RELIEF CREAM

Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2ppb – 0.0000002%

The lighter cream of the two offered, and the one with the least amount of ferment. Not a bad thing, sometimes it’s nice to have a simpler product in the collection! For my dryer skin, it’s something I would use like a hydrator before my actual moisturizer. It leaves a light hydrating layer on my skin and does not feel heavy with emollience.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE NEOGEN PROBIOTICS COLLECTION

This is my first time trying any products from Neogen, and it definitely did not disappoint! While including their various Probiotics products in my routine, I noticed my skin looked instantly smooth, felt comfortably moisturized in this dry weather, kept my complexion bright and even, never irritated my skin, and layered well with other items in my skincare routine. I know the star is supposed to be the fermented ingredients, but frankly it’s hard to give credit to just the them for doing the heavy lifting when there are many other great ingredients included that help with strengthening the skin barrier. Having said that, in my personal experience, essences I have used with high concentrations of a ferment have proven its benefits – brighten, hydrate, and soften skin, and creating an even complexion. Also note just because some have small amounts of the fermented ingredients, doesn’t mean they are not doing anything – not all ingredients only perform well at high concentrations! So seeing fermented ingredients combined with a bunch of other all-star ingredients – I ain’t mad.

The one con that spans across all of them except the Double Action Serum – the fragrance. It is an artificial, bubble gum scent that is not a light, soft smell like cotton candy, but a deeper smell (A for effort with fragrance description). While it does not tend to linger, it is still at times headache inducing. The Double Action Serum uses essential oils; It is very light, the least offensive of the bunch and I find it very pleasant. Headaches did not happen with every use but I was more cognizant of how many products in the collection I was using at a time just to make sure I did not overwhelm myself.

Overall I am really happy I got a chance to experience what the hype was behind Neogen and try out the Dermalogy Probiotics Collection! I was able to work in every product in my routine and enjoyed using them.

WHERE TO BUY:
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If you made it this far in this post, bless your heart, and I hope you found the review helpful and informative.

xo, M

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++ – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #16

I’ve never tried any Neogen skincare before, so I was very excited when a sunscreen was included in a generous PR package StyleKorean sent over! With all the hype around this brand, I did have an expectation for Neogen’s Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence – that it would be a cosmetically elegant sunscreen with a ton of skin-beneficial ingredients!

If you’re interested in reading my review on the rest of the Neogen Dermalogy Probiotic Collection, check out the post here!

PR Sample sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
Disclosure

ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

Ditch greasy sunscreens for this water-based, gel type formula that fends off UVA & UVB rays with powerful SPF50+ PA++++ protection. Specially formulated to fight signs of aging, this sun essence is infused with superprobiotics to restore skin’s elasticity while three types of hyaluronic acid as well as milk protein extract offer long-lasting moisture.

– YesStyle.com

Sunscreen Type: 100% Organic
Amount: 50ml
Price: $27 USD

UV Filters:

  • Octocrylene (UVB some UVAII)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate – Octisalate (UVB)
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane – Avobenzone (UVAI and UVAII)
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Tinosorb S (UVB, UVAI and UVAII)

AMOUNT OF PROTECTION:

  • UVA: at least a PPD of 16
  • UVB: ~60

Full Ingredients List: Water, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum(Fragrance), Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Adenosine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Isopentyldiol, Xylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Milk Protein Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate

INCIDecoder

Neogen Probiotics Relief Sun Essence has several types of ferments in the formula at unknown concentrations – Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment. Fermented ingredients claim to help strengthen the skin’s barrier by increasing its moisture levels, while offering a brightening effect and softening the skin. In my personal experience using essences with a high concentration of ferments, I find the claims to be true! Considering the Neogen Probiotics collection is all about strengthening the skin barrier, it only makes sense to include these types of ingredients in sunscreen, the ultimate barrier!

There are also molecules that are naturally found in our skin also part of this formula:

  • Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (there are also its derivatives) are humectants that are part of our natural moisturizing factors
  • Adenosine – helps with wound-healing and barrier repair, is also anti-inflammatory

Sugar molecules are also included which act as humectants – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

CONSISTENCY:  Gel-cream.

FRAGRANCE: Artificial sweet smell.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily all over face and neck without issue. It almost looks like it takes on a gel form

FINISH: Glowy, it looks like there are small particles in the sunscreen that adds to the glow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? Yes.

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, it does not contain any mineral filters or Tinosorb M, and it does not have an ingredient that creates a powdery film on the skin.

WATER-RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? Adds extra moisture to my skin.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. On my drier skin type it sets to a tacky finish and I don’t produce a lot of oils or sweat.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Moisturizing

CONS:

  • Stings my eyes
  • Fragrance is strong

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • The shimmer – I like that they’re not glittery chunks but it also looks a bit much on the skin, especially with the amount needed to reach the protection as indicated on the label. I’m more wary of this because I have visibly textured skin, but I can see those with less texture and/or wear medium coverage foundations like this and not have a problem with it.

The Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence is a cosmetically elegant formula – no surprises here! Shame it stings my eyes, I’m not a fan of going in with a separate SPF on my eyes purely out of slight inconvenience. Also I really wish they didn’t add shimmer particles in it, it seems like it could’ve been glowy all on its own! For those of you who wear foundation more frequently and like using a luminous primer, you may be able to eliminate that step with just this sunscreen.

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As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

Rovectin Cica Care Line – Purifying Toner, Balm, Sleeping Pack, and Dr. Mask Cica

Rovectin seems to be the new kid on the block in the K-beautysphere. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, this Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I’ve been sent the following products to test out from Rovectin’s Cica Care Line:

  • Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner
  • Rovectin Cica Care Balm
  • Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack
  • Rovectin Cica Care Dr. Mask Cica

The Cica Care Line focuses on irritated skin due to acne. Cica – Centella Asiatica – is the key ingredient in this line, alongside Calamine – remember the pink stuff we put on bug bites as kids? I’ve been rotating these products in my skincare routine for the past couple of months and I am ready to share my experience!

I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My skin gets easily sensitized to drying products and environments. I have been using topical prescriptions for my acne daily for almost 3 years such as Vitamin A and Aczone.

Products were sent to me for review purposes, however this in no way effects my opinion of them. My opinions are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


ABOUT ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Cica Care Line for soothing and calming your irritated skin – acne-prone, hormonal breakouts and dark spots. Calamine and Madecassoside work day and night to revitalize your sensitive skin.

– Rovectin.com
  • All products are cruelty-free
  • Some products are vegan friendly
  • All products contain fragrance – I believe the fragrance component has been updated but the overall formula and performance is the same
  • Price point in my opinion is mid-range $$

Not a skin expert in any way, just a passionate skincare enthusiast! For the highlighted ingredients below, I listed the ones I thought were important and their basic function for convenience.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE BALM

Rovectin Cica Care Balm

Price: $26 USD
Amount: 40ml
pH: 6.5 – 8.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Calamine
  • Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative

A thin, slightly pink gel-cream, I tried the Cica Care balm in 2 ways – spot treatment and all over moisturizer. As a spot treatment I thought it performed decently, it’s definitely a more “supportive” product (as I like to call it) when used alongside my anti-acne prescriptions – helps keep the effected areas calm and moisturized, to prevent any side effects such as irritation and dryness. As an all-over face moisturizer, it’s definitely not enough for my dryer skin type in the winter time in Canada, but I can see this being a good stand-alone moisturizer if I were to live in a more humid place. Paired with the Sleeping Pack, I did find my face comfortably moisturized all through the night.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE PURIFYING TONER

Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner

Price: $24 USD
Amount: 260ml
pH: 5.25 – 5.75


Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties
  • Ceramide NP – skin-identical waxy lipid (I guess an emollient?)
  • Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract – an antioxidant, helps with pores and antibacterial
  • Amino Acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Threonine, Proline – skin-identical humectants

I opted for this toner as a “morning cleanse” – it has the right pH, moisturizing ingredients, and is quite watery, so I didn’t really classify it as a hydrator in my skincare routine. I’d saturate a cotton round and wipe my face and neck from a night’s sweat and fluff. The big standout of this toner is the fragrance – it has quite a deep Lavender scent to it; I have mixed feelings about it – sometimes I don’t mind it, other times it’s just too strong. I believe the fragrance component in this Cica Care Purifying Toner has been updated so it may not be as strong for some of you considering this.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE SLEEPING PACK

Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack

Price: $34 USD
Amount: 80ml
pH: 6.3 – 6.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – humectant/emollient with soothing properties
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – humectant with soothing properties
  • Allantoin – soothing
  • Bioflavinoids – soothing

My favourite product out of the bunch! I suspect it has quite a bit of Glycerin in the formula, because it immediately reminded me of La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains which is 30% Glycerin. I like using sleeping masks over my moisturizer, for I don’t find it performs that well on its own for my dryer skin type. The next morning after using this mask, I was always pleased at how well it retained moisture in my skin – comparable to more affordable occlusives found at the drugstore!


ROVECTIN DR. MASK CICA

Rovectin Dr. Mask Cica

Price: $20 USD for 5
Amount: 25ml/sheet
pH: 4.3 – 5.3

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Arginine – skin-identical humectant, wound-healing benefits
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – skin-identical humectant
  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Calamine
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties

The Cica sheet mask is a cotton material, was nicely drenched in a more viscous serum, and fit my face well. I specifically used this sheet mask on a day I was experiencing a breakout (not that inflamed) from the It Cosmetics Foundation + Skincare to test out how much it can help my sensitized skin. It hydrated my skin nicely, didn’t irritate my acne spots, but it didn’t really do much to lower the size of them either. I have used sheet masks that are able to reduce the size of breakouts and redness, so I know those claims can be true.

Note on the packaging of the box I have, it says there is salicylic acid in the formula for exfoliation – there is no BHA in any form in it. I don’t know why they would advertise it :\ But just know this is why it’s always important to look at the ingredients list to make sure they have something to match their claims!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Rovectin’s Cica Care Line performed nicely. I like how their formulations cater to sensitive acne-prone skin, nothing stripped or overly sensitized my skin while rotating the products in my skincare routines. Keep in mind my skin is not impaired and I don’t have a lot of inflamed acne, but I still found them to be good supportive products around the actives I do use to help control it. The one major standout con was the heavy fragrance in the Cica Care Purifying Toner, but as I have mentioned at the beginning of this post, Rovectin has updated the fragrance component in some of their products, I believe this toner included. This is where the major pro comes in – Rovectin shows they listen to their customers and continue to grow their brand based on their feedback. Overall I find this line more suitable for those with normal to oily skin types because majority of the products have a light consistency, but any skin type can make them work in a skincare routine.

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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M