15 Jul 2017

Review: LJH Probiotics Sleeping Cream


I have always been looking out for good product for my bf with severely inflamed, acne-prone and dehydrated-oily skin. He has visible pores, loads of acne and very uneven complexion. When I came across this LJH Probiotics Sleeping Cream, I was immediately sold because it fits everything I ever want in a moisturizer and seems perfect for my bf.

This stuff is not cheap. It is retailed for $48 in USA and KRW 42,000 in Korea, although sometimes with discount at kbeauty stores like RoseRoseShop, Testerkorea, Koreadepart and Sweet Corea. But since you can use this to treat, condition, and moisturize your skin, it is kinda a multitasking anti-acne, soothing and moisturizing sleeping cream.




The product is packed in a simple (and cheap) plastic jar, which is kinda like Innisfree's ones, but at least you know most of your money isn't going into the packaging. You open up to see a lid to keep the product fresh.


The product comes in a milky white gel cream consistency that is more towards gel than cream. It will spread beautifully and evenly across your skin. Since it is a sleeping pack, it never dries down matte or gets completely absorbed into your skin. My bf reports "uncomfortable tackiness" whenever he is using this.



As for me, I think it is just like Primary Raw Azulene Gel Cream and Primera Oil-Free Watery Cream, which may look like a gel, but is actually very moisturizing when you put it on. My skin feels cool, moist and calm when I apply this on my face. And I agree on the slight tackiness part so you are better off using this as your sleeping mask. I also find this more tacky than Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, but I think that is a good thing for skin that loses moisture overnight because Laneige one never seem to stay on my skin when I wake up the next morning but this LJH one does.

The cream has a refreshing essential oil scent, with a little bit of spicy undertone but mild. I kinda enjoy the scent.

INGREDIENTS 


Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glacier Water, Glycereth-26, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Plankton Extract, Betaine, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Raffinose, Polysilicone-11, Potassium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Xantham Gum, Disodium EDTA, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Saccharomyces/Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract Ferment Filtrate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Tropolone, Lysine, Hyaluronic Acid, Histidine, Glycine, Glutamine, Cysteine, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Inositol

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


The ingredients used here kinda justify the price you are paying for. We have the main ingredient bifida ferment lysate, which is a probiotics. Although research on probiotics has been mixed, but this ingredient has been widely used in many skincare brands including  Estee  Lauder and has been well received by the beauty community.  The idea behind probiotics is that it is able to encourage the growth of good bacteria and eliminate bad bacteria, hence help reducing bacteria-induced skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. This cream contains a whopping 50% of probiotic extract.

It also contains loads of fermented plant extracts such as mistletoe, imperata cylindrical root extract, soybean ferment, acai berry extract, betula platyphylla japonica bark extract, ginger root extract, and so on. Mistletoe is an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging plant extract that is said to be able to boost our skin’s immune system. It can protect the skin from free radicals damage and prevent the occurrence of breakout with its antioxidizing and soothing properties. Subsequently, we have fermented imperata cylindrica root extract and soybean, both of which share similar anti-inflammatory, soothing, wound healing and anti-bacteria properties as the mistletoe. Papaya enzyme is added to offer mild exfoliating properties to slough off dead skin cells and renew fairer complexion. And finally, acai berry is added to fight skin aging process and reduce bacteria-induced breakouts.

This sleeping cream also contains a whole bunch of essential oils such as ginger root oil, rosemary leaf oil, lemon peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, orange peel oil, bergamot fruit oil, and lime oil. These are fragrance oil which can provide anti-bacteria and anti-oxidizing benefits. They are also commonly added as natural preservative and fragrance ingredients.

The rest of the ingredients, except for the "texture ingredients" such as surfactants, emollients, and so on, are mainly moisturizers. Glacier water, glycereth-26, glycerin, plankton extract, betaine, lysine, glycine, arginine, and many more are mild and effective skin moisturizers. A lot of these are also marine-derived ingredients hence you should take note if you are sensitive to arginine and similar ingredients.

PERFORMANCE


My bf has been using this for the past 8 months and has finally finished the entire jar. He was a little reluctant to use this primarily because of the tackiness this product leaves. Sometimes he just couldn't stand it and has to rinse it off with water. I thought as a gel cream that is more gel than cream, this should be super lightweight but no, it is still fairly moisturizing so normal, combination and dry skin can also give this a try if you are interested in this product.

My bf reports no major improvements to his skin after adding this into his routine. He still suffers from acne and blemishes, and his skin doesn't become clearer the next day. He shares with me, however that, his skin is less prone to breakouts and produces less oil when he consumes yogurt and yogurt drink and eat more vegetables, so probiotics works better for him when consumed and ingested by the body than topical application.

He also doesn't enjoy the moisturizing benefits of this product because they are too heavy for his skin to absorb. Alternatively, he finds Belif Eucalyptus Herbal Extract Toner and Oil Free Moisturizer work much better to deeply hydrate his skin hence he prefers them more than his Kiehl's darlings right now.

CONCLUSION


I think despite the price point, this doesn't deliver its results as claimed. The product, however, is pleasant to use though. It smells nice, it is in lightweight gel consistency, and it contains a lot of antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients. It is a good overnight sleeping mask for those with normal/combination to dry skin. And it works as a good cream to seal in moisture too. I think you can still consider getting this if it is $20 or less, as a good moisturizing cream with anti-acne benefits, but anything above $48 is considered expensive for its efficacy.

Pros:
- lightweight gel cream consistency
- smell nice
- has anti-acne and moisturizing ingredients

Cons:
- probiotics has no solid scientific background backing its efficacy
- not as effective for my bf with acne-prone, oily-dehydrated skin
- leaves tacky finish
- expensive unless with discount

Overall impression: ★★☆
Repurchasing: ★
You can get this from: Sweet Corea | Glow Recipe | RoseRoseShop etc.
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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