Korres Almond-Blossom Moisturising Cream (Normal To Dry Skin)
Almond-Blossom Moisturising Cream
— Normal To Dry Skin
Korres’ Almond Blossom Moisturising Cream for Normal to Dry skin types is a lightweight and effective cream, designed to nourish and smooth any dryness or texture on the skin’s surface. The texture is suitable to be used morning and night, and under makeup. The cream sits on the surface of the skin creating a barrier to protect against environmental damage, however still nourishes the skin with an instant hit of moisture. The cream is targeted to those who have sensitivities as its free from mineral oil, parabens, synthetic dyes and phthalates, however some of the remaining ingredients are questionable in nature, and may not nurture those with sensitivities.
With Greek Almond Blossom extract, almond oil and two types of hyaluronic acid formulated into the mix, the cream offers water-binding ingredients that penetrate deep into the epidermal layers to reduce water loss and retain the skin’s elasticity.
Korres was founded in 1996, originally from the Greek island Naxos. The skincare label is rooted in a simple philosophy of using natural and/or certified organic ingredients of the highest quality to deliver the best results. They prioritise skin-friendly and environmentally-friendly products that have been clinically tested, and that are affordable for an every-day consumer. The brand’s goal is to develop innovative and effective products that are based on natural, active ingredients protecting the benefits of unique Greek flora through joint ventures with local farmers.
Korres Cosmetics has since sold majority share (70%) to the US investment fund Morgan Stanley, and a Chinese company called Profex.
The Almond Blossom moisturiser has a distinct sweet almond scent – and is exactly that – sweet. Aside from Sweet Almond oil being one of the first ingredients, there has also been an addition of sweet almond flower extract and sweet almond protein to enhance the scent. Not to mention the addition of a Fragrance/Parfum which unfortunately gives it a stronger, more synthetic scent.
A lightweight cream with a slight opaqueness, could be mistaken for a milky gel-like consistency, however with a smooth, silky hand-feel.
The cream is fast absorbing, particularly if you suffer from dryness. It adds a protective barrier to the skin and nourishes generously. It may not be the most appropriate day-time moisturiser unless you experience dryer skin, in which case you might find a less fragrant formulation more suitable in addressing the underlying dehydration. Sensitive skin types may need to avoid this product due to the additional ingredients of Fragrance/Parfum and particular preservatives that may irritate skin conditions.
Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil is packed vitamin A and E content, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc content
Sodium Hyaluronate is a naturally occurring molecule within your body’s tissues, especially the ones in your face, for ultimate hydration.
This product uses one type of plastic in its packaging and a plastic label.
The Korres’ Almond Blossom moisturiser is packaged in a glass jar with a plastic film label. The lid is made from Polypropylene plastic. The cardboard box it arrives in does have a recycling symbol on it, indicating that the box is recyclable.
There’s no information on Korres’ website regarding their approach to packaging.
Formulation full analysis
Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil has an abundant list of benefits for skin and hair due to its packed vitamin A and E content, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc content. Vitamin E being a powerful antioxidant keeping your skin healthy by protecting it from UV radiation damage and blurring out any fine lines. Fatty acids help retain moisture in the skin, healing textured skin and calming any irritation. Vitamin A of course is known to help in reducing acne in skin, cleaning out any debris found in pores. Let’s not forget that Sweet Almond Oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning its highly unlikely this will clog your pores.
Sodium Hyaluronate is a naturally occurring molecule within your body’s tissues, especially the ones in your face. Its water-binding and water-attracting properties fill up the spaces between collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, resulting in hydration and more youthful looking skin. Sodium Hyaluronate has smaller molecular size to Hyaluronic Acid, making it easier to be absorbed by the skin. It promotes blood circulation and nutrient absorption, making your products that have this ingredient penetrate much deeper into the skin.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract is used for its anti-inflammatory, moisturising and soothing properties on the skin. Derived from oat kernels, it’s a gentle ingredient in easing a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry/itchy skin.
Tocopheryl Acetate – you may notice the first word as what is regularly listed as Vitamin E. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with Tocopheryl Acetate. It’s a chemical compound that consists of Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Acetic acid. The reason this ingredient finds its way into many skincare moisturisers and creams is that it’s cheaper to manufacture and provides a longer shelf life. The concerns here are that it can be potentially irritating to skin, causing redness, rashes, and potential allergic reactions, as reported by EWG. Not fun for those who already suffer from skin irritations. According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), a 1991 study indicated that moisturisers containing Tocopheryl Acetate caused allergic contact dermatitis.
Phenoxyethanol is one of those ingredients we would see right at the bottom of the list of many products, and probably don’t think twice about it… What’s the harm in one little long word in the mix of all these beautiful botanical ingredients? The truth is, this bad boy has been linked to many allergic reactions and skin conditions such as eczema, and toxicity in the nervous system, particularly in infants. The European Union has classed it as an irritant, and Japan has restricted the ingredient. Juxtaposed to this, The Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed the chemical safe to use as a preservative if concentration does not exceed 1.0%. However, when taking into consideration reapplying the same product, as well as many other products on the bathroom shelf, we may be applying and absorbing more than what we think.
Benzyl Alcohol is a common preservative found in almost every cosmetic product, and we know that small amounts of this ingredient aren’t necessarily harmful, although has been found to instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, hives and blistering at particular concentrations. Similar to Phenoxyethanol, if all the products on the bathroom shelf include benzyl alcohol, we’re then looking at high, and potentially toxic exposure of the chemical.
Fragrance (Parfum) is an ambiguous ingredient in any listing, even if it’s been labelled “from natural sources”, or “natural fragrance”. According to the EWG, the average “fragrant” can be any of 3,163 chemicals that aren’t normally listed on labels. Many of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions as they fall usually under phthalates, oxtoxynols and nonoxynols. If a fragrance is natural, we would assume it would be labelled on the ingredients list in its botanical name.
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