As we move closer and closer to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, I am concentrating on the sample sized products in my collection. Not only does it clear out a lot of the sample sizes from my skin care drawer before they expire, but it lets me know which products I want to actually try a full sized version of in upcoming skin care trials.
And so I pulled the Korres Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream from my skin care drawer and decided to give it a shot. According to the product page…
The ultimate hydrating, gel-cream moisturizer with protein-boosting Greek yoghurt for a plumped, healthy looking bounce to your skin that lasts all day.
The unique whipped texture of this nourishing moisturizer immediately melts into skin and unlocks time-released hydration for 48 hours without clogging pores. While clinically-proven microbiome-friendly technology provides a skin veil for your ultimate healthy glow.
Ingredients: aqua/water/eau, propanediol, glycerin, sodium acrylates copolymer, c13-15 alkane, caprylic/capric/myristic/stearic triglyceride, coco caprylate,hexyldecyl stearate, passiflora incarnata seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, algin,alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, ascorbic acid, behenyl alcohol, bisabolol, caprylyl glycol,cellulose gum, cetearyl alcohol, chlorella vulgaris extract, disodium phosphate, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl polyacrylate, glyceryl stearate citrate, hydrogenated ethylhexyl olivate, hydrogenated olive oil unsaponifiables, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, lactic acid,lactobacillus, laminaria digitata extract, lecithin, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle)flower extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, maltodextrin, maris aqua/sea water/eau de mer, menthyl lactate, microcrystalline cellulose, panthenol,pentylene glycol, phenethyl alcohol, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, polymnia sonchifolia root juice, potassium phosphate, pullulan, saccharide isomerate, salvia hispanica seed oil, serine, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, sodium hyaluronate, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, tocopheryl acetate, trehalose, tridecane,undecane, urea, xanthan gum, yogurt, yogurt powder, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, salicylic acid, sorbic acid, parfum/fragrance.Korres.com
I have been a big fan of Korres for years. I adore their pomegranate moisturizer and have purchased it multiple times in the past. I have tried and enjoyed many of their masks including the mask from this probiotic line. That one I actually keep refrigerated and enjoy cold on the skin. So I anticipated really enjoying this sample and adding it to the list of products I wanted to test in their full sized versions.
Alas, it is not to be.
While the cream is nourishing and very light weight against the skin, I think it is designed for someone with much dryer skin than I have. While the gel cream is a light weight texture and does absorb well, I found myself reducing the amount I put on my skin with each use so that I didn’t feel greasy. I think if you had very dry skin, this would be an excellent product. I do not have skin that dry. It didn’t break me out or clog my pores, it was simply too hydrating.
In addition, there is the scent. The Probiotic line is yogurt based. Which oddly enough I like in the mask, but did not like in the moisturizer. They smell very similar, but I think because I keep the mask cold, the scent didn’t bother me. With the moisturizer, the scent kept making me think that milk had spoiled. I will say that when I put the moisturizer in the fridge and then tried it, I was fine. Still overly hydrating for my skin type, but my nose didn’t pick up as much scent. I think the scent of the yogurt just made me think it was bad if it wasn’t cold. Also, while I like the mask from the probiotic line, I only use that specific mask when I know my skin needs extra moisture. Like the Gel-cream it is very moisturizing and something that I don’t use a lot. I will use it more in the winter than I did in the summer. It is excellent on dry skin or sun damaged skin, but too moisturizing to be used routinely for me.
The gel-cream has the same issue.
So although I love the brand and will continue to purchase other products from them (specifically everything in the Pomegranate line), the Nourishing Probiotic Gel cream is not for me. The scent and my skin type make it one that I will pass on instead of picking up a full sized version. It is one I will still recommend that those with dry skin check out. You might have better luck with it than I did.