Rovectin Cica Care Balm

the claim

The Rovectin Cica Care Balm claims to soothe troubled skin with highly enriched Madecassoside, to restore even sensitive skin to a healthy state.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm
 

the science

After water, the ingredient represented at the highest concentration is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, derived from coconut oil and glycerin to form an excellent emollient and replenishing compound. Together with Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol, they present a good mix of fatty acids that can restore the skin surface and help to resist moisture loss. Additional hydrating agents include Trehalose and Glycerin.

There are a couple of standout ingredients whose role is to combat skin irritation and inflammation. Traditionally used in Asian medicine for its healing ability, Centella Asiatica Extract  is a diverse ingredient offering anti-inflammatory benefits to ease irritation and acne while restorative properties stimulate new cell growth, build collagen and improve circulation also making it a powerful anti-ageing ingredient. Similarly, Arginine is also included for its healing properties. It is an amino acid that assists wound healing through similar behaviours.

The hero ingredient in the balm is Madecassoside which is actually found in Centella Asiatica and is in fact one of its four primary compounds. It has proven useful for rebuilding the skin barrier, reducing inflammation and easing sensitized and acne prone skin.

Calamine is an anti-itch medication that works by causing a cooling sensation as it evaporates on the skin. It helps to dry weeping from minor skin irritations.

Giving the balm it’s distinct lavender scent are essential oils, Lavender and Lavandula Hybrida. The latter is simply a hybrid plant of true lavender and spike lavender. In addition to contributing the balm’s fragrance, these oils also exhibit antiseptic properties.
 

the ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Vinyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Trehalose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrogenated Lecthin, Arginine, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Madecassoside, Lavandula Angustifoila (Lavender) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Laurate, Calamine, Synthetic Beeswax, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Behenyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Glycol Stearate Se, Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Protease, Disodium EDTA
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm Ingredients
 

the packaging

The Rovectin Cica Care Balm is presented in a plastic squeeze tube with screw top lid. It includes a foil seal when brand new.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm Packaging
 

the analysis

An ideal assessment is returned from both the CosDNA and EWG databases, rating the balm an ideal low hazard without warning flags.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Use this as the last step of your skincare routine. Apply an appropriate amount of product to skin irritations.
 

the scent

This Rovectin Cica Care Balm has a fresh scent granted by the inclusion of different lavender oils.
 

the cost

A 40ml tube of the Rovectin Cica Care Balm sells for US$38.50 at Style Korean.
 

the availability

Rovectin products are available at Korean skincare boutiques including iHerb. I received mine from Syle Korean.
 

the expiry

The balm expires 12 months after opening and has a shelf life of three years.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm
 

the performance

The Rovectin Cica Care Balm gets its name from the star ingredient, Centella Asiatica Extract, often referred to as “cica”. It comes in a highly portable sleek plastic tube with presentation synonymous with the brand. The small opening allows measured dispensing, reducing the possibility of waste. The balm has a distinct lavender smell due to the presence of various lavender oils in the product. Obviously, those sensitive to essential oils should avoid it or at least patch test before using. I quite enjoy the smell, particularly since it is not a perfume but rather a natural oil that also provides antibacterial properties. The smell dissipates as soon as the balm is absorbed which happens pretty quickly and cleanly.

As with all Rovectin products, safe composition is paramount. This product is declared safe by both CosDNA and EWG resources, both returning ideal hazard ratings with no warnings. The cream is free of colourants, fragrance, mineral oils and parabens.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm texture
The balm itself looks like a glossy cream. As soon as it touches the skin, a refreshing cooling sensation is experienced which provides instant soothing to the irritated surface. It soaks into the dermis easily and quickly as the last step of the routine. I use it as a spot treatment rather than an all over moisturiser, although I tend to spread it past irritated areas. My main area of weakness is the lower part of the my T-zone, primarily the chin. If I am going to break out anywhere, this is the place!

I often suffer redness and general sensitivity in this area. I found that this cream helped to ease this irritation by both hydrating and soothing the skin. There are a lot of ingredients that are included to simply reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier and they achieve this quite well. Of course the star ingredients, Madecassoside, Centella Asiatica Extract  and Calamine focus more on soothing with strong anti-inflammatory effects to restore skin health. You can’t really have one without the other. Irritated skin is generally that with a damaged moisture barrier, so the soothing ingredients work to heal the damage while the fatty acids focus on restoring the barrier to prevent new problems. This product is well designed to achieve this balance.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm
 

the conclusion

The Rovectin Cica Care Balm does indeed help to soothe troubled skin and bring it closer to a healthy state. In doing so, it strengthens the skin moisture barrier and hydrates. It basically fulfils the objectives of moisturiser and soother in one handy product. Add to that a safe formula and it would suit all skin types.
 
Rovectin Cica Care Balm
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Safe formulation Only available on line for Australians
Instant cooling effect soothes the skin A little expensive
Reduces redness and inflammation Essential oils may irritate sensitive skin
Leaves the skin hydrated and in a more calm state
Suitable for all skin types

 

the references

Style Korean website
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Centella asiatica: The miracle ingredient your skin needs Oh Lolly
Why Glutamine and Arginine Are All-Star Amino Acids for the Skin Aminogenesis
5 Skin Care Ingredients That Will Fade Your Redness For Good Katherine Lee
Lavender oil – skin savior or skin irritant? Robert Tisserand
Calamine (topical) Drugs.com

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
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 Rovectin, Style Korean, any of its representatives or any other third party.
 


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