Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence was purchased by Cosmeperks.
This is another mouthful-name product that I am going to review. The name is basically a combination of its three key ingredients – Propolis, Royal Jelly and Honey.
Those who are into skincare products are likely to know that propolis has been gaining popularity in recent times. A bit of theory here – Propolis is derived from the sap of coniferous trees and collected by bees to seal their hives. It is like a wonder ingredient, promising to do plenty of good to the skin.
It is said to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (thus good for acne skin), excellent moisturizing ability, anti-aging properties and even claims to help in reducing oil production.
As for the other two key ingredients; royal jelly is said to boost collagen production, has great moisturising ability and contains vitamin B3 which helps prevent skin irritation whereas honey is a humectant that is also antibacterial and full of antioxidants.
Besides the star ingredients, this essence also contains other beneficial ingredients such as Portulaca Oleracea Extract and Arginine which are to have antioxidant effects, as well as Sodium Hyaluronate for hydration.
So I was eager to try out the essence when Cosmeperks suggested this to me. Let’s see if it works as wondrously as its ingredients are said to be.
– A fully nutritious essence that contains more enriched propolis extract to increase skin barrier for radiant and moist skin, that is even suitable for sensitive skin.
– This comes with the new formula PRO-Shield™ that delivers powerful anti-aging & soothing ingredients deep into the skin
Propolis Extract (63%), Royal Jelly Extract (10%), Honey Extract (10%), Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Carbomer, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium Edta, Water, Phenoxyethanol
How to use:
After cleansing face and using a toner, dispense an apply an appropriate amount of the essence to apply all over face and let it gently absorb.
My Skin Type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging
Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence Review:
The essence comes in a glass bottle and the golden brown finishing makes it look luxurious. It has a self-loading dropper. As you twist the cap, the middle portion will rise, bringing up a dropper full of the essence.
No worries about the mechanism malfunctioning, because the dropper can work the conventional pressing way as well.
This essence has 63% propolis extract, which is much higher than its predecessor called the Royal Honey Propolis Essence which contains 50% propolis extract. Thus the name “Enrich Essence”. I have not tried the latter, so am not able to compare if there is any difference.
There is no scent that I am able to detect. Looking at the richness of the ingredients, I was worried that it will be thick and sticky. But it was not that bad. It is slightly viscous but feels lightweight.
It leaves a somewhat sticky feel on application and takes an average of 5 – 10 minutes to absorb, depending on how diligently I pat it in and also how much I put on.
I got too zealous on a couple of occasions and naturally, the thicker the amount of essence on the face, the longer it takes to absorb. When fully absorbed, it leaves the skin feeling smooth and looking dewy.
I, unfortunately, had a roller coaster experience with it. During the initial days, my right cheek would go red and itchy after about 10 – 15 minutes of application and this lasted a few hours. The itchiness thankfully was not a persistent one, otherwise I would have been scratching my skin sore.
It came and went. Because it happened to only one side of my face, I persisted in trying out the essence nevertheless, crossing my fingers that it could be transitional as my skin gets accustomed to the new product.
This redness and itchiness that surfaced after every application went on for about a week. Then only the itchiness was left, but much lesser of it as compared to the week before. This went on till Day 10 before all calm and peace were restored.
Despite the less than ideal start, surprisingly, my overall skin tone appeared more even after the couple of weeks of use. I look more radiant and the skin brighter. Not glowing bright, but is an improvement from the previous dullness. There is however no help in terms of oil control.
And just as I thought that I may begin to take a liking to the essence, the itchiness returned after some days. I checked myself if I had been eating any stuff that could have triggered this or any new skincare products that could have contributed to the adverse reaction. But nope, there was nothing that I could pinpoint to.
Alas, all signs seem to suggest that the essence is the culprit. So I have now decided to stop using the essence and watch my skin. Honestly, I have reservation in giving the essence another go because it is no fun having red and itchy skin.
But with at least three-quarter of it still unused and the radiance (albeit short-lived) I experienced, I may decide to try it again after resting my skin for some time to see if things may turn out better.
Although this essence is said to have been tested and suitable for sensitive skin, do be mindful in using this if you have ever had reactions to any of the listed ingredients. I suspect I may not take to propolis and the likes of it, thus the poor experience I had with it.
And if you thankfully do not react to any of the ingredients, I would think you will like the glowy skin that it gives. This line also includes a toner, emulsion, cream and sleeping pack for those who are keen.
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