The winter has been here with us, this could be a rough time for our skin to wrestle with the desperate temperature drop and low humidity, especially for dry, flaking ones. Don’t forget to hold tight to your moisturizers, give them a generous space in your bag, ladies! Very last posts, I walked us through a bunch of skincare goodies of IOPE Cosmetics, they belong to the Premium Summer Gift Set I bought nearly 6 months ago. There are a variety of moisturizing creams, I’m on the way to almost finish them up. This time, let’s dive in my candid review of IOPE Bio Hydro Cream.
I was told to use the product along with the Hyaluronic Serum in order to lock skin in moisture. Well, it really works. This is gonna be worth your time to try, don’t you think?
1. About the Product
The moisturizer is infused with glycerin, which aims to sufficiently quench skin’s thirst, boost its hydration in order to stimulate skin’s self-recoverability. The humectant tends to defend skin against harsh perils of environment as culprits of transepidermal water loss. It’s a very common ingredient in thousands of skincare products these days for moisturizing factor and strengthening the lipid barrier. Next, the cream includes Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane and Dimethicone, all of which are silicone-derivatives, function to be solvents and provide conditioning and delivery agents. they’re inclined to increase the substance’s spreadability as well as give seamless, velvety texture.
There are lots of other contained silicone-based ingredients, for example, Cetyl PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone and Peg/Ppg-20/15 Dimethicone. Silicones are used to mainly retain emollient in skin and fortify its smoothness and softness. Otherwise, the way they make your skin feel good can be a perfect disguise over their side effects that you need to be aware of.
Silicones tend to be thickening factors, especially Dimethicone, which is the heaviest one, not water soluble, so it’s hard to be cleaned off. Those ingredients are meant to work for dry, dehydrated skin’s sake to dampen the appearance of “persistent” dry patches and flaky, scaly marks. Regard to very oily, acne-prone skin, this might result in an unpleasantly adverse situation, it’s prone to attract impurities built up, causing clogged pores and hence, breakouts.
In addition, the product contains Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, a synthetic oil similar to mineral oil to trap skin moisture with its water-resistant base. Again, this really makes a big warning toward oily, blemish-prone folk. The ingredient tends to aggravate acne vulgaris. To deeply moisturize skin, the cream also consists of Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) that powerhouses fatty acids, reduces roughness, fills in fine lines and improve skin resilience.
Plus, includes Lauric and Myristic Acids, which are a fatty acid, mostly found in coconut oil for high moisturizing activity. Shea butter and Lauric and Myristic Acids are wonderful ingredients to cure chronic conditions, like psoriasis. Formulated with Betanin, Methionine and Aspartic Acid as essential amino acids in order to strengthen skin’s barrier function, accelerate its healing process and stimulate the regeneration of collagen and elastin.
When skin suffers from its natural moisture loss, it can become too alkaline. The Acid mantle is out of its balance point, substantially high. So, the cream consists of Citric and Lactic Acids, AHAs, to regulate skin’s pH to be less alkaline, rather, more acidic. This repairs the oil production of sebaceous glances. Simultaneously, creates mild exfoliation to prevent dull, dead skin cells from clumping onto the stratum corneum and encourage skin’s renewal. That kicks off skin replenishment.
Niacinamide and Ascorbic Acid are a form of vitamins B3 and C respectively to soothe, provide antioxidants, resolve oxidative stress due to dryness and revitalize skin for healthy, lively look. The Niacinamide is also known for its anti-inflammatory effect in terms of acne, psoriasis and rosacea treatments.
Lastly, the formulation holds many chemicals, artificial ingredients as humectants. These are conditioning, thickening, viscosity controlling, stabilizing and emulsifying agents, preservatives and fragrances.
2. My Thoughts
After going through most of the product description, I’d say the IOPE Bio Hydro Cream is bound to serve dry, flaky struggling skin. It’s really an ideal choice for arid climates. I’ve been using the cream since the winter arrived. To begin with, the product has very pale, gel consistency that reminds me a lot of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream. Anyway, both IOPE and Laneige are reputable cosmetic brands of Amore Pacific. So, it’s inevitable to see some similarities between the skincare products of these two. Back to the main point, however, the Bio Hydro Cream is more likely to have higher thickening and lubricating effects with denser texture.
It’s literally easy to blend out, like gliding effortlessly onto bare skin with noticeably slippery feeling. The product’s moisturizing content is genuinely rich and concentrated, you can apply evenly all over your face with a small amount. I can find sufficiently lightweight, not stubborn heaviness lingering to the surface. The cream doesn’t quickly dry down so you might find wet and sticky in the first few minutes or possibly, a bit tacky afterward. It’s inclined to deliver soft, silky sensation with a plump, supple look. It literally decreases skin sagginess. Astoundingly hydrating, I apply it in the morning prior to heading outdoors. The cream actually works to prevent the cold, chilly atmosphere from leaching my skin way and leave a glowy, luminous complexion for nearly whole day. It smooths out cracks and fine lines on the outer corner of eyes. Dry patches and uncomfortable tight feeling can’t creep into.
My skin is a type of combination, prone to dry in the cool weathers, sensitive and acne prone as well. I’m really a considerate person when choosing skincare products. There haven’t been any negative signs that the cream could break me out badly or allergic reactions. Otherwise, I fairly hesitate the product often brings about the greasiness upon my T-zone in the middle of the day. That isn’t too overwhelming but I just worry that dirt, debris and pollution can have a chance to be stuck on and penetrate into my skin. Recently, I get some minor bumps and zits on my forehead.
As mentioned before, the product should follow toner and serum, it utterly binds skin in moisture. Without a doubt, I’d highly recommend the cream to those who have dry, flaking skins. This is also go-to for mature ones, it tends to fill in wrinkles and crow’s feet with potent moisturizing properties. If you have mild psoriasis and rosacea, this really deserves your time to let your skin drink up and manage scales. However, for very sensitive, delicate skins easily get reddened and flare-ups, I might not really suggest it. The product contains many chemical, artificial fragrances, which are more likely to trigger irritation and swelling. I don’t like the smell at all, it’s indeed very strong, floral scent.
Normal and combination can also go for it. Speaking of oily, blemish-prone skin, you can feel free to experience. Apply really small amount and spread out all over face. It’s good to try in this freezing time of winter. But, in warm, hot weathers, it tends to magnify shine and greasiness onto the surface and bring about enlarged, clogged pores.
The cream comes in a simple, plastic jar, which is tough to withstand physical damage. Regardless of the position that you can lay it down, the fluid won’t mess up or smear around. The one I got here is a small size (14 ml), the jar is really tricky you know. At the first sight, I thought a great amount of fluid was housed inside, the reality is the jar gives too much idle gap inside and the cream occupies flattening space above. I think that is unnecessary and hope for much smaller one with less idle gap for traveling. Surprisingly, the full size is 50 ml with considerably big, kinda tall jar.
4. Rating 7/10
The cream is really awesome to deliver a vigorous emollient protective barrier onto skin against the nasty dryness, particularly in arid, cool weathers. I’m considering to switch to another moisturizer with more lightweight consistency for my summer break and wish for soothing, calming ingredients infused because my skin is really sensitive to the external aggressors. Additionally, its overwhelming scent really makes matter to me. I’ll give it 7 out of 10.
Hope the review is useful and informative enough about the IOPE Bio Hydro Cream. If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear you out. Sincerely, thank you so much for joining me!