Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Emulsion Review:
Ceramides are something that always interest me, so I tend to be interested in products that mention or contain ceramides. I had never tried anything from Holika Holika either, but when I saw that they had this ceramide emulsion I became curious and had many questions. In the past I totally ignored emulsions because I never found one that worked well for me, that was until I tried the Dermatory Hypoallergenic Emollient. After having such a great experience with that emulsion, I was curious to see if another ceramide emulsion would work as well for me as the Dermatory one had.
Holika Holika had another version of this ceramide emulsion in the past, and then they reformulated it. But the previous version seemed to have great reviews and I noticed that this emulsion had three types of ceramides which made me instantly want to try it. I’ve been using this emulsion since May, and the other day I noticed that I had almost finished it, so it felt like the right time to do a review of it.
+ Products from the Good Cera Super Ceramide line effectively moisturize and nourish dry, sensitive or irritated skin, thanks to hypoallergenic formula.
Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Betaine , Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, 1,2-Hexanediol, C14-22 Alcohols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Batyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Niacinamide, Glycerylamidoethyl Methacrylate/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Propylene Glycol, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Bacillus Ferment, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ceramide NP, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Yeast Extract, Meadowfoam Estolide, Glycoproteins, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Aleuritic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Glycosphingolipids, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP
How to use:
Apply an appropriate amount along skin texture and gently pat for better absorption.
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.
Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Emulsion Review:
Holika Holika’s Good Cera Super Ceramide emulsion comes in a (pretty) dark purple box, and the emulsion bottle itself is a pale yellow with a white sticker. It also comes with a pump which makes it easy to use, unlike those annoying emulsions which come in solid plastic (or glass) bottles and you have to slap them against your hand to get the product out.
It also has a plastic clear lid to protect and stop the pump from being depressed when you’re not using it. The pump is easy to use and great though, I wish all emulsions came with one.
The emulsion itself is quite runny, but firm at the same time, I guess it’s a typical type emulsion. It feels oilier almost buttery compared to the Dermatory one, yet somehow it seems lighter at the same time. It spreads very easily, and has an off-white color, with a hint of yellow. I haven’t noticed a scent, if there is one it doesn’t bother me at all.
I bought this emulsion because of all the ceramides it contains, after all who doesn’t want to use a product that has not one but three ceramides in it? But the bad part is that the ingredient list is huge and I notice that one of the ceramides is halfway down but the other two are right at the bottom of the list. Which means they are only tiny amounts in the emulsion.
It also contains a lot of oils – like lavender which can be irritating for some people and also a few citrus oils which can be photosensitizing. However, it does also contain shea butter which can be both occlusive and moisturizing.
When I started using this emulsion, I had extremely high hopes for it. I still had a bit of the Dermatory emollient left, but I was really curious about this emulsion so I decided to try it out. I first started using it on the 29th of May, so I’ve been using it for around four months now. Initially, I planned to write the review much earlier, but honestly, I was unsure how I felt about this product or its effects.
My biggest issues with emulsions is that it’s hard to tell whether they make a difference or not. Which was how I felt about this emulsion, I couldn’t really tell whether it was making a difference or not. However, after using it daily for a month, I cut it out for a few days to see if my skin was worse. What I noticed was that my skin was no worse or better but it was less oily.
Less oily… does that make any sense? It didn’t to me. I started thinking it was too heavy for my skin, and that was why my skin was too oily. Or not that it was too heavy but the combination of the emulsion and my cream didn’t work.
So, I started using it at night instead, and because I was confused about the oiliness of my skin from using the emulsion I experimented with my routine. Because my skin is dry and dehydrated, usually it’s never oily so I couldn’t understand it at all.
But what I found was that by cutting out the emulsion, my skin was dehydrated and it was still oily without the emulsion. So the emulsion itself made no difference to my skin, and coincidentally when I added in the Heartmade facial oil, surprisingly my skin was less oily than the previous days and my skin wasn’t dehydrated either.
So, my initial thought that the emulsion was too heavy was in fact completely wrong, instead it wasn’t heavy enough for my skin. Confusing right? I was totally confused for a long time about this emulsion and it took a lot of fiddling around to finally find that out.
I had such high hopes for this emulsion, but in the end, it simply didn’t work for me. Maybe during the summer it would be okay, but I actually doubt that.
In conclusion, sadly this emulsion was too light for my ultra-dry and dehydrated skin, and because of that fact I won’t be repurchasing this emulsion. I think it’s best suited to those with normal or combination skin, maybe even oily skin. If you have dry skin maybe try it in summer not winter, because it’s probably not heavy enough.
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