The Monday blues are hitting hard today. Today, I’ve got a review on the Dr. Althea Resveratrol 345NA Intensive Repair Cream.
Balmy but great absorbency
Non tacky, siliconey finish
Kept my skin barrier strong
More occlusive than moisturizing
Contains Essential oils
Texture: This looks like a gel cream but feels like a balm as you spread it across your face. Thankfully, it absorbs pretty quickly, leaving a really smooth/ non-tacky finish that is very characteristic of a silicone heavy cream
My experience: I really enjoyed the results I got from this cream! It had a lovely texture that was perfect for locking in my actives. It was really occlusive and almost felt like I was “slugging”. Even with strong actives like retinol, this managed to lock in my previous layers of hydration and prevent irritation. I believe it played a part in keeping my barrier strong and healthy.
The flip side to this occlusive texture was that it can feel too heavy for daytime use. I found myself “melting” when I used this in the daytime. I much prefer this as a night cream. Additionally, this doesn’t bring much hydration or moisturizing qualities to the table. So definitely pile on the hydrating layers before using this to lock it all in.
Will I purchase? It’s a no. As much as I enjoyed it, I wanna avoid essential oils in my routine. As they are quite noticeable in scent, I think it has the potential to irritate my skin in the long run. It is quite affordable tho, ~SGD23 (for 50ml) on Yesstyle
Recommended for: Normal to Dry skin types that are looking for a “lock it in” moisturizer. Oily skin types most likely won’t enjoy the heaviness. This contains essential oils so definitely be wary if you’re sensitive to it.
Star Ingredients: Glycerin, Algae Extract, Fig Extract, Primrose Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Beta Glucan, Oligopeptide-1, Ceramide NP, Resveratrol (only 1ppm tho).