Missha Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream Review:
I often wonder why it is so difficult to find a skincare product that adheres to my skin well and also dislike its sensitivity as it makes me flush often. So I read up on ingredients that will be good for my skin type, hoping to find the holy grail product.
This is when I come across articles on skin barrier, which is actually the fundamental that we need to address to have healthy skin. The skin barrier is the outermost layer of our skin’s surface that is responsible for retaining moisture in our skin, sustains skin’s immunity and regulates inflammation.
Notwithstanding the skin type, when the skin barrier is damaged, that is when one will experience symptoms of sensitivity such as redness, flakiness, overproduction of oil and even breakouts. Laser procedures, overuse of physical exfoliation and steroid creams are some reasons for weakened skin barrier.
Ceramide is one the natural lipids found on the skin surface, together with cholesterol and free fatty acids. It serves to retain moisture and regulate cell activity. Researches have shown that topical application of ceramide can help to restore the barrier and strengthening the skin’s moisture level.
So I start to look out for products containing ceramide. I would think the most well-known is Dr Jart Ceramidin series, but I do not quite like the texture when I tried the tester. Then I came across Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream. Near Skin is the derma line under Missha, but there is no imprint of its parent brand anywhere on its packaging.
♥ Skin Barrier Reinforcement Cream with Total Ceramide that helps improve skin barrier by plumping it up with moisture.
♥ Mild Care of Dead Skin Cell with PHA to hold moisture and remove unnecessary dead skin cells.
♥ No Synthetic Fragrance, Skin-Friendly Formula with Hypoallergenic Preservative System
♥ Hypoallergenic formula, completed skin safety test, acts mildly on the skin.
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic ICapric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Vinyl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ceramide NP, Phytosteryl/octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide AP, Carbomer, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Maltobionic Acid, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Tromethamine, Lecithin, Trideceth-10, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol
How to use:
After cleansing face, apply an appropriate amount over the whole face.
My Skin Type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging
Missha Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream Review:
Let’s first talk about the ingredients. Other than ceramide as one of the key ingredients, the cream also has PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) which is a third generation peeling ingredient that has been making a splash in Korean skincare since last year.
PHAs are akin to AHAs and BHAs, but are less harsh on the skin and therefore ideal for sensitive skin types. The PHA content in the Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream is said to be also beneficial in the retention of moisture.
Another important ingredient that I look out for is cholesterol, because I read that without this, ceramide alone cannot perform its effects on the skin. And the Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream does have this.
There is nothing to wow over the packaging, but I am somehow attracted by its simplicity and the bits of pink.
The texture is an in-between of cream and lotion. It is not as thick as Dr Jart’s, for those who are familiar with this brand.
It spreads easily and gives a soft and smooth feel, almost like a primer though without the pore-minimising function that a primer does. It also gives a dewy kind of finish. But I do unfortunately feel slight tackiness/oiliness.
This seem to be in line with the blotting test I did, because I could see oil forming the moment the cream hits the paper (apology that I was not able to find a non-white blotting paper to better show this).
Because the purpose of the ceramide cream is mainly to retain moisture and does not specifically address other skin concerns, coupled with that I have quite a number of other moisturizers lying around, I do not use the ceramide cream just on its own.
In my layering experiments, I find that topping this on my moisturizer seem to work best (for me at least). Maybe it is the ceramide working its sealing effect. When I apply this after the toner and top it with my moisturizer, my skin gets oily faster which I do not understand why.
I have hoped that if the cream could improve the moisture retention, my skin’s oil production will be better balanced as we know that dehydrated skin will compensate the dryness by overproducing oil.
After some weeks of use, I have yet to see and feel significant improvement in my skin condition or the oiliness. I would like to think that repairing damaged skin barrier, and mine is probably in bad shape, will need longer time.
On the other hand (pun not intended), I use this also as a hand cream and I like that it makes my hands feel soft and hydrated. There is no tackiness when applied on the hand. This leads me to think that the cream might be more suited for dry or normal skin.
I have yet to grow to love this cream, at least on my face, despite all the goodness it is to do for the skin. But considering the price and it has not in any way put me off, I will continue to use and hopefully see better results in time to come. Regardless, this cream will not be wasted because I am happy to use this as a hand cream if it fails on my face.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Missha Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream?
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