A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream Review:
With the presence of demand for madecassoside/centella asiatica-based products, it was hardly surprising to see so many skincare brands churning out some enticing items. And for someone who has skin on the more sensitive spectrum, I was definitely intrigued at the soothing claims. So, along with the toner/fluid from the same brand and line, I decided to add the cream to my ever expanding skincare collection.
+ “Madecassoside cream with natural protection from harmful environment to help make healthy skin.”
+ Aims to strengthen skin barrier.
+ Contains 0.1% Madecassoside and 40% Centella Asiatica Extract.
Centella Asiatica Leaf Water (40%), Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethoxydiglycol, Panthenol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside (0.1%), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Adenosine, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
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- Centella Asiatica: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.
- Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3. Helps to boost collagen production and in turn strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Over time, may also assist in brightening, anti-aging and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
- Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. Used primarily as a humectant as it has the ability to attract and retain moisture.
- Madecassoside: Derived from the Centella Asiatica plant. Has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and stimulates fibroblasts which create collagen, hence strengthening the skin’s structure. Also contributes to anti-aging as it is an effective antioxidant.
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from either Green Tea or White Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract: Rich in polyphenols such as tannins and flavonoids, which act as anti-aging agents due to its antioxidant properties.
- Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract: Tannin makes up about 8% of the plant’s leaves, which is responsible for its astringent properties. Also rich in antioxidants and functions as a skin conditioning agent.
- Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract: Anti-bacterial; anti-oxidant.
- Lactic Acid: A type of alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) extracted from milk, but most forms used in cosmetics are synthetic. Known to have hydrating properties, but also popular as an exfoliator.
- Adenosine: Beneficial in combating wrinkles, especially crow’s feet and frown lines. Also aids in smoothening out the texture of the skin.
- Allantoin: Promotes wound healing and cellular regeneration. Also works well as an excellent anti-irritant and skin soothing agent.
How to use:
Apply onto soothing care needed areas such as legs, elbows, heels, under eyes, etc. Alternatively (and more popular as much), can be used as a facial moisturiser/cream. May even be used for spot treatment purposes.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream Review:
In terms of packaging, the A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream is nothing really special. In fact, it reminds me of how traditional ointment creams look like, which is kind of comical and befitting, now that I think about it. Honestly, I’d have preferred a sleeker packaging, but it is what it is.
However, one major gripe I have with the packaging is that the product does not come sealed, as how most products should be. Hence, I did find smudges of cream pooled around the rim of the tube when I first received it. Now I did think it was just me at first, but I’ve had friends complain about the same issue, so I do hope that this fault will be looked into.
Scent-wise, it has a moderate (although sometimes strong) herbal-citrus smell with more emphasis on the citrus, which I assume comes from the various essential oils included in the ingredients, namely Grapefruit, Lemon and Mandarin Orange Peel Oils.
As such, the scent is definitely similar to the A’Pieu Madecassoside toner/fluid in the same range, albeit much stronger.
The Madecassoside Cream has a light-medium, emollient consistency which enables it to be spread onto the skin easily without much pressure. It also leaves a moist yet non-sticky feel after absorbing into the skin, which I find pleasing as I personally dislike the dreaded sticky feeling – I do have to note that it can err on the sticky side if over-applied, though.
It also leaves a matte finish. In terms of colour, the cream is white when squeezed out of the tube but is colourless once absorbed.
In terms of skincare steps, I mostly layer this after my emulsion, but it still works well right after the toner step. Usually, I find myself reaching for this cream on days where my skin shows signs of dehydration/dryness or when I notice facial redness. As it does star power ingredients such as madecassoside and centella asiatica, it excels in soothing stressed skin.
Overall, I’d give this a solid 4.5/5 rating. As A’Pieu is generally an affordable brand, I do find it interesting that it managed to produce good skincare products. As this and the Madecassoside Fluid are my first products from the brand, I’m quite keen on trying their other stuff due to the good results I’ve had thus far.
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