I got this cream a few months back, what happened was I was desperate to get rid of my sebum, and my pores were crazily enlarged. But my skin is combination and I wouldn’t just jump like crazy to some random cream, since risking dry skin is not something I would want (I had it while I was a teen and had acne and oil everywhere, my face was frying potatoes and snowing at the same time). So I nonchalantly walked into the store and told the lady “I’m looking for something that will help me with my sebum and pores, but that will keep my skin moist throughout the day” and I got two products! This was one of them.
♥ Contains apple fruit extract, sparkling water and pore tightening complex.
♥ It’s a cream that gives hydration to the big and saggy pores, and controls the sebum.
(from the website:)
Our Fresh Apple line is a pore-refining skincare line which uses fresh, unripe green apple extracts and sparkling mineral water to create a smooth, matte appearance.
Water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Castanea Crenata (Chestnut) Shell Extract, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Diospyros Kaki Fruit Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Pvp Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Arginine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Disodium Edta, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
How to use:
After toner or essence application, apply cream on entire face.
My Skin Type:
Oily T, dry U, sensitive, blemishes easily, and allergic. Dry, sensitive and allergic lips. Very thin, dehydrated and oily eyelids.
Skinfood Pore control Fresh Apple Cream Review:
Firstly, of course I’ll talk about the package itself.
The design to me is simply beautiful. The brand has recently revamped most of their skincare lines and most of them have now the same base design in a transparent bottle (or pot, or spray) and the colors and labels change according to the product they are selling!
This specific pot other than being beautiful, like a delicious fresh green apple (it just fits the ingredient so perfectly) it has a cute detail on the base of the pot saying Skinfood in embossed letters. Of course all of them have it, but in this green, apple looking package it just seems so much more appropriate!
This is what comes in the whole pack, there’s literally nothing else. It doesn’t even come in a box (at least mine didn’t and I bought it in a store)!
Now is the time to be completely honest. You can see that I used around 1/3 of the cream by the time the photo was taken. Usually I take the photos in the beginning and store them until I review them – to make the review more beautiful, or I use the product almost until the end and theeeen taken the photos – to show that I used it properly before testing.
What happened with this one was that I used it on and off for several weeks. I’ll get deeper into that later, when I talk about my thoughts on the cream. Point is, notice that I did use a lot of cream before the review was written!
Here are the steps of absorption. The cream looks almost like a balm remedy, but you can see in the texture very small grains, like… very well mashed apple mash. Or like mashed potatoes. But on the skin it melts like a cream!
It melts in the skin fast, and it slides all over, you don’t need much cream to cover a big area. After it melts and starts absorbing there is a limit to how much I can spread and feel comfortable. The reason is because this cream really dries, without any oil left, and so if I rub it too much eventually I’m just rubbing my dry skin.
So what I did while I used it was leaving it as it was in photo 3 and let it dry until it was like in photo 4. Because my skin is sensitive and not very elastic I actually do this with a lot of creams.
The scent is exactly like green apple juice! It is slightly childish but I love it since it is not too intense, and it is actually fresh without being bitter.
(sorry for the full face shot, I know it’s unusual in cream reviews, but in this cream’s case I thought it was important, feel free to ignore it)
This is after applying the cream, as you know an oily skin (my T zone) will usually be shiny (and sometimes gross) after applying a cream. Here you can see it almost as matte as after a sebum powder, and you can see that the pores really aren’t prominent after using the cream!
Now for the reason why I only used that small amount of cream.
The cream, as I said, absorbed very quickly and it is not oily at all. After it dries on the skin it becomes matte! It’s a lovely thing that lasts for quite a long time, especially when paired with a sebum powder or pact.
The problem is that my skin, as oily as it is, really needs moisture (as I wrote in the introduction). And this cream doesn’t moisturize at all. So what happened on my skin is that, okay yes it did produce less oil on my T zone, but not only did my U zone feel stretchy and under moisturized (which I fixed eventually by applying a different cream on that area) but my thin skinned T zone started peeling – so it was now oily and peeling. It did not harm my pimples or sensitivities at all, though, it is worth mentioning.
After talking to a friend she pointed out that the ingredients included alcohol, sparkling water, and apple extract in big amounts – and apparently that just doesn’t match my skin. I blame that on my thin and sensitive skin. Well, it did do what it promised regarding all the sebum, and it mattified the skin, and my pores didn’t appear as huge.
But it didn’t do the thing I actually need the most – and the thing I specifically requested of the store lady, which was the moisture.
In short, although I won’t use the cream again until I start peeling (been through that 4 times before this) I also know that most people aren’t like me. If you do well on your normal routine without using any moisturizer then you might use this, if you need a moisturizer… I wouldn’t advise this one.