The Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream claims to calm and moisturise sensitive skin, leaving it soothed and supple with the help of centella asiatica, tea tree and honeysuckle flower extracts while also reinforcing the moisture barrier with ceramide.
Centella Asiatica Extract features as the star soothing ingredient in the formulation, accompanied by it’s four components, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid. Traditionally used in Asian medicine for its healing ability, it’s a diverse ingredient offering anti-inflammatory benefits to ease irritation and acne while restorative behaviour stimulates new cell growth, builds collagen and improves circulation. Supporting this function with excellent antioxidant content and soothing properties are Honeysuckle and Japanese Camellia Extracts.
Due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties, Tea Tree Extract has been used to treat acne and skin infections. Its ability to remove excess oils from skin by pushing out stale sebum deep within pores can help prevent blackheads and acne forming. Furthermore, natural astringent properties are also said to diminish the appearance of large pores. Antibacterial properties are strengthened further by Sage Leaf Extract.
The formula also prevents drying of skin with a burst of hydrators and helps to achieve supple skin with moisturisers. Ingredients responsible include Glycerin, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, Trehalose and Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in various molecular weights for maximum impact and plumping. HA occurs naturally in the skin, a humectant that has the ability to draw over 1000 times its weight in moisture from the atmosphere to keep it supple and fresh. Revitalizing the skin’s outer surface layers gives it a smoother, softer and hydrated appearance. Furthermore, in enhancing the skin’s ability to hold water which naturally reduces with age, HA also helps retain firmness.
There’s also some good fats. Squalane is non-comedogenic (won’t block pores) and a natural component of human sebum. This assures that it’s quickly absorbed without greasy or oily residue, protecting skin against dehydration. Emollient properties help it trap moisture to also keep skin soft and supple. Improved moisture retention assists to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Olive Oil contains three powerful antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and protecting against ultraviolet light. It penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Shea Butter is a plant-based emollient that mimics the lipid content of skin to promote a soft, smooth, healthy appearance.
As we age, naturally occurring ceramides in our cells become less effective at achieving hydrated and supple skin and keeping wrinkles at bay. Ceramide NP aims to reinforce this supply and in doing so, fortify the skin’s natural barrier and thus increase hydration in an attempt to leave it looking more smooth and youthful.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearic Acid, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Pentylene Glycol, Trehalose, Ceramide NP, Arachidic Acid, Glucose, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hydroxyacetophenone, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tromethamine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin
Running the ingredient list through the CosDNA tool confirms an all green, gentle product.
The Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream is packaged in a simple clear plastic jar with inner cap and screw top lid and comes in a solid protective cardboard box.
Use as the last step of your skincare regimen. Gently massage to aid absorption.
The Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream is free of added fragrance and has no natural scent either.
A 50ml jar of the Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream has a recommended retail price of USD$18.00.
Packaged consistently with the rest of the calming line, the Pyukangy Yul cream is simple in appearance and clear in function. The gentle formulation is free of harsh ingredients, reinforced by an all green CosDNA report, confirming suitability to the most sensitive of skin types. Typical jar packaging does expose the cream to contamination, an airless pump would have been the premium choice. Nonetheless, using a spatula can minimise contaminant exposure and prolong the shelf life. I must admit, I used clean fingers to apply the cream to my face and it maintained its integrity from start to finish.
This cream has such a super light texture, feeling completely weightless on the skin. With its silky glide, it’s a pleasure to apply. Immediately it feels like the perfect summer option, highly suited to normal-oily skin types. I actually used it through winter and it still performed quite well during the day for my predominantly, now normal skin, noting I use several hydrating layers beneath it. I do however apply it with an oil at night to ensure sufficiently moisturised skin by morning.
As well as having a good amount of hydration and moisture supply, it also incorporates some nice soothing and calming ingredients to help with congestion and acne. Specifically, Centella Asiatica, Honeysuckle and Tea Tree Extracts focus on calming the skin. I haven’t had any blemishes while using this cream so I can’t attest to its performance in this regard, but my skin definitely feels and looks healthy so perhaps it contributes some level of prevention.
For more moisture delivered by a gentle cream, I suggest the brand’s Moisture Cream or for drier skin, the Nutrition Cream. Both have a light texture but offer more hydration that the calming cream, although neither incorporate such a focus on soothing effects. Just for the record, all three are beautiful and the Nutrition cream in particular is one of my favourites.
Reflecting back at the Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream claims, yes, I believe they are fulfilled. It contributes soothing properties to ease sensitive skin while also boosting hydration and helping to improve barrier strength.
The Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream is a super choice for those needing support for acne, congestion and redness. I wouldn’t rely on it 100% to offer the hydration my normal skin needs, but in a balanced routine with hydrating layers beneath it, it’s a great finisher. The target audience for this one is normal, combo, oily and sensitive skin types. It’s probably not enough for those with dry and dehydrated skin.
|Safe CosDNA approved formula||Only available online for Australians|
|Good hydration and soothing properties||Packaging could be more hygienic|
|Beautiful lightweight texture and fast absorption||Not sufficiently hydrating/moisturising for dry/dehydrated skin|
|Suitable for all skin types, particularly oily and sensitive|
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This product was provided to me free of charge by Style Korean for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Pyunkang Yul, Style Korean, product suppliers, representatives or any other third party.