Guerisson 9 Complex Moisture Balancing Cream Review:
Horse oil was one of the ingredients that I never wished to ever use on my skin. However, after using a routine with multiple steps that never seemed to help my skin, I got to the point where I decided to just try horse oil and see if it would help my skin. It felt like I could never find a moisturizer that was heavy enough for my skin, or a routine that actually did something.
So almost a year ago, I decided to reset my routine and so I cut everything out of it except my sunscreen and the Guerisson 9 Complex cream. It was risky, considering I never had tried the cream before and I was replacing a ten-step routine with two items. I expected my skin to look even worse that before, but what surprised me was that my skin looked no worse (and no better) but considering I was only use two items it was still surprising to me.
After that I slowly introduced a few new products, and what I found was that the Guerisson 9 Complex cream was the best cream I had ever used (despite me not wanting to use horse oil… heh). It was actually heavy enough for my skin and perfect, and my skin looked the best it had looked in years. Anyway, so that was the original 9 complex cream. When I was using my second jar of it I looked at the Guerisson website and found out that they had reformulated and the cream and added a new cream to the line-up. I was honestly a bit upset, but also curious to find out about the new cream.
The new Guerisson 9 Complex cream is the one in this review – the Moisture Balancing cream. The other two creams (the original one and the ginseng one) had the formula’s changed slightly although I’m not sure what has been changed. I never intended to try the moisture balancing cream, but as I said I was curious about it, so I looked up to see what was different from the regular one. Well it turned out that instead of just horse oil this one contains five types of ceramides! If that doesn’t sound like heaven for dry and dehydrated skin, I don’t know what would. Plus, I found out this one was designed for dehydrated skin, so honestly it sounded so perfect that I just had to try it out.
+ Unique technology of Guerisson, Advanced Horse Oil
+ A quantity of unsaturated fatty acid of high purity
+ Optimum composition ratio as the moisturizing element because of similarity to human sebum
+ Excellent effect controlling oil and moisture balance of skin
+ Moisturizing and making the skin glossy without stickiness due to good permeability into skin
+ Strengthen Moisture Barrier
+ 5 kinds of ceramides
+ Protect skin from various kinds of skin irritations
+ Intense delivery of moisture
+ Contain extracts from plants grown under harsh conditions
+ Forming moisturizing barrier of skin
+ Soothing and relieving skin stress
The ingredients may not be completely accurate, because I could not find them in English, and had to translate them from Korean…
Aqua, Isopentyldialcohol, Horse Fat, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Nicotinamide, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl ethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl alcohol, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Dimethicone, Cotton seed oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate , Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum, Polysilicone-11, Glyceryl Glucoside, Dexpanthenol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Trideceth-6, Birch Sap, Cetraria Islandica Extract, Cyanocobalamin, Orostachys Japonica Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Argan Kernel Oil, Arginine, ß-Glucans, Butylene Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide 5, Ceramide 9, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Cholesterol, Cysteine, Ferulic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Hyaluron, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Inositol, L-Lysine, Pentylene Glycol, Raffinose, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Sodium citrate, Hydrogenated lecithin, Stearic Acid, Phytospingosine
How to use:
1. Use after essence. Take a small amount and apply to the entire face.
2. Gently pat until fully absorbed.
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea
Guerisson 9 Complex Moisture Balancing Cream Review:
Guerisson 9 Complex cream has long been a popular cream and one that has had issues with fake creams. The old version has a hidden tag, but the upgraded version uses a QR code to prove its authenticity. The moisture balancing cream comes in similar packaging to the old version, a round orange cardboard box.
The original was blank around the bottom of the box, but the upgraded version has “Guerisson” written around the bottom of the box. The moisture balancing cream has a light-yellow Horse logo and “Moisture Balancing Cream” written underneath the logo.
Previously, the spatula stood next to the jar, but in the new ones it is lying under the jar. The lid of this cream is silver (as opposed to the gold-ish colour of the original cream). It also seems that not many stockists are selling the new versions of the Guerisson creams yet, but a few places do have them.
The cream is white and has a completely different feel to the original 9 complex cream. The original cream feels buttery and has a slight yellow color. But this moisture balancing cream is white and doesn’t feel buttery at all.
It feels glossier, but more matte at the same time, as opposed to the oily sheen of butter if that makes any sense at all. It has the same kind of citrus scent as the original cream.
Initially, I really missed the buttery texture of the old cream, because that rich buttery texture felt so luxurious and fantastic to use. The problem is that it could feel too oily, and if you applied too much the skin would feel quite oily too. By contrast the moisture balancing cream is less dewy and dries to an almost matte finish, which I must admit is actually very nice.
It has a lot of extracts and ingredients that I don’t know anything about. Also, because I translated the ingredients myself, I don’t want to talk about them too much in case I got some of the ingredients incorrectly translated.
However, I do know it does contain 5 types of ceramides which are meant to help fix the moisture barrier. I have heard that ceramides are only really effective if they are combined in a certain ratio with fats (?) and specific ingredients. I hoped that since this contains horse oil and shea butter as well as ceramides it might be the right combination, but as I am not knowledgeable enough about this I can’t say for sure.
Naturally, the star of this product is the horse oil, which is supposedly similar to human sebum. So, I guess for dry skinned people this sounds perfect, whereas for oily skinned people it would make them want to run a mile. Well depending of course on how dry/oily your skin is and the climate.
I have been using the moisture balancing cream since May, so it’s been three months now. I actually intended to review it much earlier, but I wasn’t exactly sure whether it was making a difference to my skin or not.
So, I decided to wait, to give my skin more time using the cream and so I could get an idea of how effective this cream is. I was also using this cream over winter, which also makes it harder to judge it because my skin is typically much worse during winter.
The cream feels less oily to me, but it feels like it has more of an occlusive barrier than the original cream, whether that’s just in my head I’m not sure. But my skin feels more matte using this than the original, and my skin also looks less oily.
My skin is dry and dehydrated, but what I noticed using the original Guerisson cream was that if I use many oily products on my skin, then my skin looks oily and then gets even more dehydrated later during the day. Because the cream helped my dry skin, but it didn’t exactly help my dehydration issues (hence the sudden oiliness).
By contrast, the moisture balancing cream doesn’t make my skin look or feel oily – unless I use too many oily products under it. It hasn’t completely fixed my dehydrated skin, but to be fair I don’t think anything will. Usually over winter my skin is so dry and dehydrated that the skin wrinkles into lots of lines (not sure how to explain this) like how your fingers are if you soak them water for too long.
My skin gets like that on my face, with small bumps and redness. I realized that when my skin is dry gets very red and I get these bumps. When I used the normal 9 complex cream the bumps and redness faded a lot, and that was during summer.
This winter my skin has been a lot less red, a lot less dehydrated and it almost looks normal enough that I can go out without make up. I haven’t had that weird dehydrated wrinkled skin this year, even when we had the extreme cold snaps. Sure, my skin was still dehydrated but it wasn’t as bad as previous years.
You might be thinking “so what, it’s still dehydrated?” But for me it’s a big thing because my skin has been so dehydrated for so long that I never thought it would even improve a little bit. In past years my skin was dehydrated all the time, and to me it was really obvious. But this year it isn’t so obvious unless I really look closely in the mirror.
In conclusion I really like Guerisson’s 9 Complex moisture balancing cream, and I’ll definitely repurchase it when I have finished the jar of it. I like the fact that it sets better than the original cream, and also it has helped my dehydrated skin. I can’t help but think if I keep using this cream, it’ll help my moisture barrier and dehydrated skin even more.
I think this cream is best for people with dehydrated skin and it might be okay for people with oily skin in winter. But it’s best for those with dry and dehydrated skin.
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