The Skin House Marine Active Cream claims to be a hydrating cream that contains nutrients from the sea to fill the skin with moisturise from the inside for a bright complexion.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally present in the human body. It draws up to 1000 times its weight in moisture from the atmosphere into the skin for a hydrated, plump and healthy appearance. Hydrated skin is more effective at keeping ageing at bay, helping to prevent wrinkles forming and diminishing the look of existing lines. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid and present at a solid concentration, listed third on the ingredient list.
The plant form of Squalane, Phytosqualane is derived from olives. Squalane is a natural component of human sebum which assures it is well absorbed without greasy or oily residue to deliver deep hydration. A strong antioxidant, it also protects against free radicals and provides restorative function. Emollient properties keep skin soft and supple. This is supported by Babassu Oil assuring competence in trapping moisture.
Ceramides (in this case NP), are vital to healthy skin because they restore natural lipids lost due to environmental factors. Their water-retention capacity and ability to strengthen the moisture barrier provide skin replenishing and restoring benefits. Humectants on the other hand, draw moisture from the air into the skin and are strongly represented by Glycerin. Adding support to more prominent humectants, Butylene Glycol also assists to increase the penetration of other ingredients and hence boost their effectiveness.
Honey is composed of amino acids, peptides and antioxidants. Moisturizing and soothing effects can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft and glowing. Natural sugars act as humectants and emollients that increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin while also gently exfoliating for a radiant complexion.
The star ingredients of a marine cream are of course those sourced from the sea. Sea Water is packed with minerals including magnesium (anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial), calcium (cell growth and regulation) and potassium (cell function and water retention). Its absorption power helps to extract toxins on the skin including acne-causing bacteria. Natural moisture-reducing abilities can also help to regulate the overproduction of oil that leads to clogged pores.
Pearl Extract is packed with amino acids, antioxidants and skin loving minerals to help protect and regenerate collagen.
Typically, Algae Extracts are also included. Algae delivers nourishing and detoxifying capabilities via marine minerals, amino acids, sea proteins and polysaccharides for deep hydration, antioxidant protection and cell renewal. More specifically, Hizikia also has a whitening effect by suppressing melanin synthesis and natural (BHA) sugar in Codium Tomentosum also promotes exfoliation.
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Phytosqualane, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Potassium Olivoyl PCA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Honey, Sea Water, Pearl Extract, Betaine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ecklonia Cava (Algae) Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme (Algae) Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum (Algae) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum
The cream is presented in an elegant glass jar with protective cap and screw top lid.
Apply in the morning and evening to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Gently give a massage in a circular motion.
There is added fragrance in this product that gives it a light scent.
A 50ml jar of The Skin House Marine Active Cream costs around AUD$32.00 (25,000원).
The Skin House products are available from the company website. Mine was gifted by the brand.
The cream has a three year shelf life. I imagine it must be used within 12 months of opening, however was unable to locate this information on the primarily Korean packaging.
The Skin House Marine Active Cream is elegantly presented in a glass jar. It certainly looks pretty. Upon receipt, there is a sticker seal, there to assure no one has tampered with the product. It doesn’t come with a spatula. The tapered shape of the jar means the base is wider than the opening. This can make for awkward dispensing. A spatula would have been an ideal assistant however, this is a minor omission in design and there’s always a spatula from another product lying around.
The cream is glossy, white and gel like. It has a slightly soapy smell. It’s not overpowering but nonetheless, there is added fragrance which can cause sensitivities. Furthermore, there is a good amount of Dimethicone in the formula which is a problem for some. Personally, silicones don’t generally irritate or breakout my skin so I don’t specifically avoid them however, I don’t like products that suffocate my skin or leave a noticeable film on the surface either. For me, enjoyment assessment of a product that contains silicones is in the balance. This cream manages a lightweight consistency regardless of its occlusive inclusions.
I have been using it as the last step of my morning routine and also most evenings. It feels light and fresh. It spreads smoothly on the skin, so massaging it in as instructed is effortless. The cream absorbs quite quickly to leave a mostly matte finish. It is non greasy but does leave a film on the surface to trap in moisture. Those with oily or acne prone skin may find it exasperates this problem. After using up the entire jar, my combination skin was totally fine. It’s not the last layer of my morning routine as I follow up with sunscreen and possibly makeup. This reduces the filmy feeling so I find it quite comfortable to wear.
My experience rates it an effective moisturiser. My skin feels plump and hydrated, an outcome that seems to last most of the day. As a night cream, I think it might not be quite as effective during the dry winter and may be insufficient all year round for those with dry or dehydrated skin. Note, my usage spanned spring and summer.
The Skin House Marine Active Cream is a solid moisturiser. It is lightweight, absorbs well and provides good moisture to the skin. It’s broadly suitable excluding those with sensitivities to fragrance or silicones.
|Elegant glass packaging||A little awkward because of the narrow jar opening|
|Effectively plumps and moisturises||Has added perfume|
|Provides good hydration||May be insufficient for those with dry and dehydrated skin|
|Lightweight with plenty of slip||Only available online for Australians|
|Non-greasy||Leaves a noticeable film|
|Good for most skin types|
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Please read in context with my disclaimer.
This product was provided to me free of charge by The Skin House for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by The Skin House, any of its representatives or any other third party.