Creams for Combination Skin Types – Deep Nourishment and Lightweight Moisture

Creams for Combination Skin Types – Deep Nourishment and Lightweight Moisture

Keina Yuan 
K-Beauty Editor

Dr Belmeur Advanced CICA Recovery Cream
For: Sensitive, Acne-prone, Combination – Oily

Key Ingredients
- Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Ceramide NP and Ceramide AP
- Centella Asiatica Extracts: Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid and Asiatic Acid

Key Points
- Creates and strengthens the skin’s barrier
- Promotes healing and improves damaged skin
- Soothing, smoothing and moisturizing

For those with sensitive, acne prone skin, meet your new best friend. This rich, nourishing cream aims to repair sensitised damaged skin and is also quite soothing for any irritation or redness! 

It is formulated with Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) as two of the key ingredients and it also contains two different forms of Ceramide; Ceramide NP and Ceramide AP. While panthenol hydrates, soothes and promotes healing in the skin, Niacinamide helps to reduce redness and brighten up hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide can also help with the smoothing of skin texture and minimising the appearance of pores. 

Ceramide AP and NP are both found naturally in the skin. However, when applied topically, they help to replenish the skin’s moisture, and help to improves the skin barrier’s function. They also help to repair the skin and strengthen the skin as well. 

As for the soothing aspect of the cream, Dr Belmeur is most famous for using a wide range of plant derived ingredients as they are able to penetrate the skin more effectively without causing any sort of irritation; hence making it ideal for sensitive skin. The Advanced CICA Repair Cream contains extracts from Centella Asiatica which help to actively soothe and calm the skin while also promoting healing; Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid. 

It also contains quite a high concentration of Nutmeg Extract. Nutmeg has curative, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties making it another great ingredient for those prone to acne and breakouts. Being an antioxidant, it also helps to increase skin cell turnover; the renewal of skin cells, which helps to fade scarring overtime as well.

Dr Belmeur’s Advanced CICA Recovery Cream is most suitable for combination to oily skin types who are prone to acne, sensitivity or for those who have a damaged skin barrier. It is quite thick in texture so drier skin types can also use this product. I would recommend this strictly as a night cream because it is meant for intense repairing and healing of the skin; so, it is more suitable for night use (when our skin naturally repairs itself the most!).

Benton Aloe Hyaluron Cream
For: Sensitive, Combination – Dry

Key Ingredients
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
- 7-Hyaluronic Acid Complex

Key Points
- Hydrating and Moisturizing
- Soothing and smoothing
- Slightly nourishing

Benton’s Aloe Hyaluron Cream has a unique formulation of Aloe Leaf Water, Aloe Leaf Extract and a 7-Hyaluronic Acid Complex. Now in the ingredients list, you will only find 5 types of Hyaluronic acid; Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolysed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid, and Hyaluronic Acid. This is because after your skin absorbs the cream, the existing forms of hyaluronic acid present are broken down further by a naturally occurring enzyme called hyaluronidase. The various sizes (forms) of hyaluronic acid allows for a hydration to all the layers of the skin; from the more superficial layers all the way through to the deepest layers of skin! Hydration and plumping are both a check!

Aloe Vera Leaf Water and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract are both quite soothing and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s natural enzymes and vitamins also help to nourish the skin while providing a little moisture to the skin. 

This cream is deeply nourishing and hydrating, plus it’s soothing qualities make it more suitable for combination skin types on the drier side of the scale. Furthermore, it is okay for sensitive skin types to use as well!

COSRX Propolis Light Cream
For: Sensitive, Combination

Key Ingredients
- Full Fit Pro-Barrier Complex:
    - Propolis Extract 63.69%
    - Honey Extract
    - Royal Jelly Extract

Key Points
- Moisture and nourishment to skin
- Promotes healing and barrier improvement
- Bacteria control 

Wrapping it up with COSRX’s Propolis Light Cream, a lightweight, fast absorbing cream filled with nourishment and healing properties. 

The Fill Fit Pro-Barrier Complex makes up 65.69% of the cream’s formulation and consists of 63.69% Propolis Extract, Honey Extract and Royal Jelly Extract. 

Propolis is most known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and restorative properties. It helps to reduce redness in the skin while also promoting the healing and strengthening of the skin itself. Propolis extract also assists in the balancing of the oil-water (moisture) ratio of the skin while accelerating the rate of skin cell turnover and decongesting pores. 

The Honey and Royal Jelly Extract on the other hand both help to increase the skin’s healing rate, and both have the ability to balance and reduce the number of bacteria present on the skin. Furthermore, they are both nourishing for the skin AND help to strengthen our skin as well. 

This makes this cream great for those with sensitive, acne prone skin and for those also wanting some lightweight nourishment and intense barrier improvement without burdening the skin.

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