Thursday, September 21, 2017

Battle of Moisturiser: Hada Labo, Ginvera, Cerave, Cosmoderm, Imju Naturie

Assalamualaikum and hi,

'Not everyone need a moisturiser but everyone need nutrient' that's what Paula Begoun says. I have to agree with her phrase. I realize I don't need to go heavy on moisturiser because I am living in high humidity area but I do need humectant and antioxidant. So, I used a few moisturisers to provide nutrients for my skin, even though I know my skin is not going to eat all up. Hey, not all nutrients can penetrate deeper inside the skin. At least I try.

Moisturiser I currently/have use:

Imju Naturie Hatomugi Conditioning Gel, Hada Labo ACE Cream, Ginvera Marvel White Facial Lotion, Hada Labo Hydrating Milk, Cerave Moisturising Cream, Cosmoderm Vitamin 1000 IU Cream

Hada Labo Hydrating A.C.E Cream

Hada Labo ACE Cream ingredient list

HL ACE cream basically a moisturising cream with vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) dan E (Tocopheryl Acetate) as antioxidant. I bought this because of the antioxidants. This cream has yellow tiny beads which contain vitamin A, C and E. It also contain squalane which is good for moisture barrier. The texture is quite light but I don't think oily skin can handle this cream.

My verdict: Firstly, I used this cream both day and night for about 3 months. My skin become oilier until I swiped with micellar water for wudhu' or reapplying sunscreen. After that, I just used this at night as a normal moisturiser. My face became brighter after I woke up. But for temporary. The cons is that there a bit little sting in a couple of minutes after I applied. This cream didn't break me out or give me rashes. It can make my face looks oily when applied during the day. Now, I rarely used this because I found another better moisturiser to use daily.

Pros:
- Give immediate brightening effect in one night.
- Didn't break me out
- Has potent antioxidant

Cons:
- Too oily to use during the day
- Sting during the first use

Rating: 3.5/5

Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Milk

Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Milk

HL hydrating milk contain a lots of humectant and emollient such as 3 types of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, caprylic triglyceride, dimethicone etc. Trial version of this product is fairly enough to use for oily or combination skin.

My verdict: I love using this during the day. This is emulsion or traditional lotion type of moisturiser. This HL milk can retain moisture and hydration throughtout the day. I tried to use it at night but it seems not working. I tried to layer with HL ACE cream, but I got whitehead on the next day. Maybe I can't use the two same function product at a time. Well, to be noted this milk do not have any antioxidants, so it's a bit boring. Anyway, this is decent light moisturiser to use in morning routine or before reapplying sunscreen (for the trial size).

Pros:
- Give enough moisture
- Retain moisture during the day
- Have decent amount of product in trial packaging

Cons:
- Don't have antioxidants

Rating: 3/5

Ginvera Marvel White Facial Lotion

Ginvera Marvel White Facial Lotion ingredient list

The highlighted ingredients are green tea as an antioxidant, graden cress and soybean extract as whitening and moisturising agent and shiso extract as anti-flammaotry, soothing ingredient. Also notable ingredients like titanium dioxide (UV filter), aloe vera and licorice extract are found in this product. The texture is just like a normal traditional lotion or emulsion. Some oily skin people like this product but some of them also hate this. It has light green tea smell. I am person who really hate strong smell but this is nice.

My verdict: I want to use this because HL milk does not contain antioxidants. Ginvera lotion is not hydrating enough like HL milk but still good to use during daytime. If I mess up during the cleansing or toning step, this lotion will turn my face to oil slick. For me, it is not doing that much but still okay of you need cheaper alternative for day moisturiser.

Pros:
- Nice pump packaging
- Lots of beneficial ingredients
- Moisturises good enough
- Affordable

Cons:
- Not doing that much
- Can be too oily if using too much or wrong skin prep

Rating: 3/5

Cerave Moisturising Cream

Cerave Moisturising Cream ingredient list

Cerave using MVE delivery technology which means the product release active ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin from time to time, so, our skin can avoid dryness. Well...it's too good to be true. However, they have good highlighted ingredient like ceramides and hyaluronic acid that are beneficial for skin's moisture barrier. Cerave cream has normal texture cream just like another moisturising cream in the market. Don't have any scent.

My verdict: This cream is lighter than cetaphil cream I used before (and I hate it). I used this if I am doing exfoliating step or during cold and dry weather or my skin is really dry. I'm glad I did not experienced any stinging or uncomfortable feeling during use. But, my face get oilier in high humidity area after I applied this cream. Final word, this is affordable cream that works really well in whatever drying condition.

Pros:
- Good for moisture barrier
- Not heavy
- Affordable

Cons:
- Hard to get in my country
- Not for high humidity condition

Rating: 4/5

Cosmoderm Vitamin E 1000 IU Cream

Cosmoderm Vitamin E 1000 IU Cream ingredient list
Cosmoderm vitamin e cream is a famous product from Cosmoderm. They have two types of vitamin e cream: 1000 iu for normal to oily skin and 3000 iu for dry skin. They also have vitamin e oil product that contain 10000 or 30000 iu I think. Some people rave about this cream for effectiveness in lightening scar. Vitamin e is an antioxidant that also contributing to lightening the scar. The scent is quite strong but not annoying.

My Verdict: Cosmoderm vitamin E cream is not effective on me but the opposite, it gave me whiteheads. I tried to stop and restart all over and still, it is not working. Maybe the oil content is quite high for my skin to tolerate since my skin is not a good friend with olive oil. People ask me to use is for a longer period to see significant effect. But...I can't accept this cream, it is uncomfortable for my liking.

Pros
- Affordable
- Contain Vitamin E

Cons:
- Give me whiteheads
- Feeling uncomfortable

Rating: 1/5

Imju Naturie Hatomugi Conditioning Gel

Imju Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel claims and ingredient list

This is the newest moisturiser I have. Naturie hatomugi gel contain vitamin c form (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate), a form of vitamin e (sodium tocoperyl phosphate) and Job's tears as moisturising agent. I bought this gel because of the highlighted ingredients. The form of vitamin c and e in this product are fairly new in cosmetic industry. Don't have any scent. The texture it's like almost non-transparent gel.

The price is mindblown for a big tub. This gel is only RM39 (~$9.3) for a normal price, I get discount price for RM35.90 (~$8.6). I've heard that this product have promotion about RM27 (~$6.4). But big tub not always good. 

My verdict: I used this about more than a month and I really love this hatomugi gel. This has been my staple moisturiser currently. That's why I ignoring another moisturisers because this gel is working really well with my skin. I can say it gave you 'wet&bright' effect. Also good for reducing my redness. Currently I have combination skin, this gel balancing oil-water content in my skin really well. This might heavy for oily skin and too light for dry skin. Oily skin may want to use a decent amount, and dry skin might want to layer another moisturising product. I want to give full rating for this but I just use this about a month and come in a big tub. I always have to transfer a good amount to a small jar.

Pros:
- Cheap
- Effective
- Lightweight
- Reducing redness

Cons:
-Big tub

Rating: 4/5

All the moisturisers are tested on my combination (dry in u-zone, normal to oily on t-zone and nose area), dehydrated skin. What is effective for me may not effective for you and vice versa.

Wassalam.

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