Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream Review
I have only recently joined the night cream bandwagon and let me say, I am loving it. I always thought night creams were for dry skin, and that those with normal to oily skin types were better off sticking with a light moisturiser before bed. I was wrong- they don't discriminate! Night creams are simply a matter of adjusting how much product you put on your face depending on if you are dry, combination or oily. If you have dry skin, you're gonna want to use a normal amount whereas, for combination, you'll put more cream on your dry areas and put very little on the oily. I have normal to oily skin so I put a little on my chin, cheeks, and forehead and that's enough! The Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream is super duper moisturising and once you start giving your skin its needs hydration you can't stop.
- Best for dry skin types.
- Very, very nourishing + makes your skin nice and plump.
- Free of parabens, artificial colouring, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients and ethanol.
- Oil based night cream.
- Heavily fragranced- very generic flower scent. It does fade but steer clear if this is a problem.
- Pretty hard to purchase online.
The Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream has been an absolute god send. I didn't realise how much moisture and hydration your skin actually needs- this cream has shown me that. I bought this a little while ago, having seen Joan Kim obsess over it! I was a little skeptical at first (she has dry skin and I lean towards oily) but decided to buy it anyway after I saw a shop in town offered it. It's fairly hard to get hold off online, let alone in New Zealand, so when I stumbled across it on the street, I had no choice but to try it. The shop assistant told me that it is great for dry and aging skin but I have found it to be a great last step to lock in moisture. The whole line comes in various shades of purple, this one is in a 50ml violet coloured tub and the cream itself is white. The line is focused around the Jeju Orchid, a flower that has the ability to withstand very cold temperatures and still bloom! It is an oil-based cream so it can feel a bit oily to wash off of your fingers but it does not feel oily on the skin! This also means that a little goes a long way so you don't need to use much.
I recommend this product to every skin type as I have found that it can work on oily skin as well as dry. However it is much better suited towards dry skin. It is very nourishing but if you are interested in this product and have oily skin, then don't fret- it'll still work! The only thing I suggest for oily skin types is to use this only as a night cream (it's pretty heavy) and use it sparingly.
HOW TO USE:
- Use as your final nighttime skincare routine step (after serum/sheet mask).
- Apply small amounts of the cream to your chin, cheeks and forehead- a little goes a long way.
- Pat in! Rubbing in can cause early wrinkles.
- Leave on overnight.
- Wash face in the morning in order to get rid of the product.
The first time I used the Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream, I used way too much and did not enjoy it. Thoughts like "I knew night creams weren't for me," and "ugh it's so heavy" ran through my head and I was prepared not to use the cream again. The next night I remembered how much I paid for it and decided to have a second attempt- and thank goodness I did. I have a fairly normal skin type (leaning towards oily) and so lathering on thick products doesn't really work for me. The next night I decided to use it sparingly. I put small dots on my chin, cheeks, and forehead and gently patted it all across my face. A few minutes later, my opinion on night creams did a full 360 and I was converted to the night cream life. Often times, we oily skinned gals/boys forget that our skin needs hydration and moisturising just as much as our dry type friends. Even though I have had a fairly pleasant experience with this cream, there are better suited products for oily skin types such as gel creams or emulsions. This cream is has silicone in it which gives it a gel-like cream and that is why it is marketed towards dry skin types. Heavier creams are generally thicker and so they do take a little longer to set into your skin. However I have found that with this product, a little goes a very long way.
Let me just say that I have a huge problem with oil. The very thought of it makes me cringe and I can't deal with it being on my hands, let alone by face. I make an effort not to touch butter or actual oil when I'm baking and god forbid somebody ever touches my face. So when I say that I was able to not only deal with having this silicone-y cream on my face but actually enjoy the experience, then you know it's not that bad. I don't use this cream every day as it is too rich for my skin to do that, but I do use it when I need a pick me up or my skin is looking a little dull.
The main results I have found is that this cream leaves your skin feeling plump. I'm guessing this is because of my skin finally being properly moisturised and getting enough hydration to keep it healthy and firm. Like I said earlier, it is very moisturising but doesn't feel that heavy when you use how much your skin actually needs. I need very little so I can't speak for someone with dry skin but I have found that this cream takes a while to sink into your skin. I don't like the feeling of cream on my face before bed, so I always make sure that I have applied the cream 30 minutes (preferably longer) before bedtime just to make sure that there is no cream left on the pillow. Another downside of this cream is that it is heavily fragranced in a very generic flowery way. It is supposed to smell like orchids, but I work in a plant shop and have never smelled an orchid that smells like this. Moral of the story- if you struggle with heavily fragranced products or your skin has a reaction to them then I would steer clear. The scent does fade after a while on your skin but even I was little surprised by just how strong it actually was.
In saying this, there are definitely other creams out there that are more suited to my skin type. I enjoy this cream but it is a cream that is targeted for and better used by dry skin types. I have had a pretty decent experience with this product but don't see myself ever buying another tub. I have no doubt that it would be perfect if you have problems with dry skin.
It is pretty expensive, retailing at 45NZD and 20USD. It was really hard to get a hold of as well, particularly in New Zealand. No online retail store sold if for a price & shipping cost that I was comfortable paying for. I found this in a local store in town and was a little surprised at how expensive it is. Admittedly this is one of my first night creams, and I understand that they generally are a little pricier.
INGREDIENTS: WHY THEY'RE THERE AND WHAT THEY DO.
I put a lot of this creams moisturising properties down to the presence of Pea Extract or Pisum Sativum Extract. As described by Cosmedicine, peas are naturally abundant in phytonutrients, compounds that help plants retain vitality by protecting against environmental damage. The have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are reported to richly impact our skin's health. This is particularly the case with pea's nourishment of collagen and elastin. Stimulating collagen production is super important in terms of skincare because it is essentially the protein that holds our cells together. As you age, your skin loses the ability to produce collagen regularly which is responsible for the tell-tale signs of aging. Pea extract therefore helps to keep our skin younger, healthier and fresher!
It also contains Glycerin, a natural substance that is found in our skin. It is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient which means that is super great for dry skin types. It is one of the many substances that helps to keep your skin healthier and one to look out for if you suffer from dryness.
It always makes me laugh when I see Xantham Gum in a product. I was only recently introduced to Xantham Gum at Christmas time when I made some gluten free cupcakes for my friends and had an argument with my Ma about how much I should put in. Long story short- I should have put more in. In terms of cosmetics and skincare, Xantham Gum is a natural thickener (makes sense) and is a big reason as to why this cream is so easily spreadable. It also aids in giving your skin some hydration.
Camellias are not only a very popular flower at by work but have also been used in skincare for centuries. The leaves have shown to be super-potent antioxidants which mean that they help fight free-radicals or the toxins from the environment that attack your skin such as pollution. It has been found to reduce scarring, stretch marks and is super gentle on the skin. It is well known for its exceptional penetration properties as it is close to skin's natural sebum.
It also contains Green Tea Extract which I talk about in my Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Foam Review. Basically, it is well known for it's anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which are really great at fighting acne. It's always a good time when green tea leaves are involved.
- As always, if you are interested in reading the full ingredient list click here for the COSDNA entry.
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.
3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better for my skin type. I'm sure it would be a 5/5 for someone
with dry skin though!
4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective.
5/5: Holy grail!
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