Missha Super Aqua Oil Clear Gel Cream Review:
I first found out about this product through Missha’s email subscription. It just sounded like the perfect product for me due to its largest claim to be the go-to product for oily skin types. Finding the right cream for us oily-skinned people can be difficult. Find one that is too light and it will not moisturize at all; find one that is too heavy and it will only make your skin appear more oily/shiny. It can be hard to find something that has a perfect balance between hydration and moisturization without being too rich. So, the question is: just how good is this product in reality? Read on.
According to Missha’s website, this product claims to work for:
- Those who have reduced or discontinued the use of a moisturizing cream due to resulting heaviness on the skin and/or increased oil production
- Those looking for a moisturizing cream that can control sebum production as well as it moisturizes
- Those suffering from combination skin, oily with patches of dryness
- Those looking for a cream that has a smooth finish without any stickiness
The claim that I found most appealing was its ability to work well for those with combination skin, because even though I am mostly oily-skinned, at times I do find that I have issues with dry patches as well.
Betula Platyphylla Fluid, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Chondrus Crispus(Carrageenan) Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Plankton Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Ethanol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Parfum)
How to Use:
Use as the last step of your skin care regimen, after emulsion. Scoop out the desired amount and smooth onto face, patting in to aid absorption.
My Skin Type: Oily-Combo, Acne-Prone
Missha Super Aqua Oil Clear Gel Cream Review:
This product is called a “Gel Cream” because it falls between the two terms; it looks a bit like a cream, but it feels easier to spread like a gel. The actual feeling of the product seems watery in nature and leaves my skin feeling fresh after application. It does not necessarily mattify my skin, but it does not feel heavy or overly rich in the slightest.
I think the balance between hydration (water content) and moisturization (oil content) plays nicely on the skin due to its ingredients. Some interesting key ingredients for this product include:
- Plankton Extract
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Birch Bark Extract
Plankton extract has the ability to control oil production. Hyaluronic acid, a currently very popular ingredient, is able to hydrate and plump the skin due to its ability to draw moisture to the skin from the environment. (Side note: Using hyaluronic acid on its own can actually dry out your skin if there is no moisture in the air for it to soak up because it will use up the moisture in your skin instead! Always be sure your products with hyaluronic acid include other moisturizing agents to counteract this possible issue.) Birch bark extract is also an oil-controlling ingredient which I enjoy seeing in products because it seems rather effective in this regard.
The amount of product available is about standard size for Missha creams. It comes in a light blue, glass jar with an accompanying blue, shiny twist-off, plastic cap. And even still with its seemingly small amount, this product lasts a long time due to its ease in spreading on the skin and more watery feel.
I have used this product for about three months as of now, and I think many people with oily skin might enjoy this product. And because this product focuses on controlling sebum (oil) production, it may come to no surprise that it works better for those with oily skin and might do next to nothing for those with dry skin concerns.
Sensitive skin types may also not like this product very much due to its addition of ethanol (alcohol) in the ingredients and the higher amount of fragrance in this product. That being said, in my experience it was not at all drying, nor did I have any issues with the fragrance. In fact, I love the shower-fresh scent that it has. Somehow the scent makes me feel ready to take on the day.
It was not a life-changing product, but for it is worth, it did seem to balance out the hydration and moisturization needed to maintain my skin’s appearance of oiliness and shininess. As for getting rid of dry patches, it did seem to work to some extent, but was not adequate enough to fully address this issue. And while it did not seem to last throughout the day, and would likely not be enough for the winter, I still think this product is worth trying out.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Missha Super Aqua Oil Clear Gel Cream?
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