When it comes to day creams, I am always a bit sceptical. After all, by the time I apply my sunscreen, primer, and foundation I always feel like I am ‘moist’ enough – do I really need a step that comes before all of the others? I don’t want my skin to be oily throughout the day, and I don’t want my foundation to just slide off of my face.
For these reasons, I have always been a bit reluctant to use a day cream. However, when I was recently in Greece I went on a bit of a Korres shopping spree. I love this Greek beauty brand – it has been one of my faves since I discovered it in Sephora Canada (although they sadly no longer stock it! Shopper’s does, though).
I have always found their skincare to be some of the best, and when it comes to their serums and scrubs I am hooked. While in Greece, I noticed their Magnolia Bark First Wrinkles Day Cream.
I am definitely on my second (and third, and fourth) wrinkles, but this is the first time I have seen a day cream advertised in this way. It is aimed at women in their 20s and 30s who want to address their existing wrinkles and prevent new ones. I was sold instantly.
Texture And Application
The cream has an almost jelly-like texture, something I assume comes from the addition of alaria esculenta seaweed. Seaweeds can be used in place of gelatine in puddings and cosmetics, and so this ingredient is likely causing the wobbly texture.
Because of this texture, it is easy to accidentally use a bit too much – when you dab at the surface you can end up with the product almost clumping onto your finger. Just be sure that you are only taking what you need and not wasting the product – a little does go a long way.
It smoothes onto the skin really nicely, and the jelly-like texture helps it to melt down into your skin. I really enjoyed using this moisturizer before my foundation primer. I applied it as soon as I was out of the shower. By the time I was ready to apply make up 20 minutes later, it was completely soaked into my skin.
I found that it helped my primer and foundation steps to glide across my face – it has a really fantastic texture and doesn’t make your skin oily at all. Despite the fact that it does have some olive oil, sunflower oil and macadamia nut oil, this moisturizer is not greasy at all.
I think in this case we can really thank the alaria seaweed and the magnolia bark extract for their mattifying properties. You do not need to be afraid of using this product before your make up.
Purchase Experience And Price
I purchased my Magnolia Day Cream from a small chemist and skincare shop on the island of Mykonos in Greece. While this product is listed on the Korres website at 33 Euros, it was on sale in this shop for only 20 Euros.
The owner was overjoyed that I had selected so many Korres products, and she gave me free samples of Korres face masks to try out at home. It is definitely a good value to buy these products from their home country of Greece if you get a chance!
- Alaria Esculenta extracts – alaria esculenta is an seaweed that is often eaten in Northern European countries. Like most seaweeds, it has a moisturising, humectant effect. Alaria is full of fatty acids [oleic, linoleic, a-linoleic] that are known for preventing the degradation of the skin’s elastin and collagen.
- Ginseng – Ginseng brightens and plumps the skin.
- Magnolia bark active extract – Magnolia Bark Extract can brighten the skin and prevent wrinkles. It can stimulate the skin to activate its natural defenses against inflammation. Less inflammation – fewer visible signs of aging.
- Black Tea – Just like drinking black tea, when you use it on your skin it can combat free radicals and help to even your skin tone and texture.
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a timeless antioxidant that can help soften and moisturize your skin.
- Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid [Biotechnology Derived]: Helps to renew your skin and increase collagen production.
- High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid [Biotechnology Derived]: This is a humectant that can create a film on your skin, helping to protect it against the effects of the environment (pollution, smoke, chemicals, etc.)
- Curcuma Longa Extract: Fights against free radicals and helps to create an even skin tone and texture.
Health Hazard Scores
I decided to run this product’s ingredients through the EWG (Environmental Working Group’s) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. The product itself was not listed in the database, and so I carefully entered every ingredient into their search tool.
Of the more than 40 ingredients, most were listed as a “1” – that is, they have no known health hazards.
That said, 3 ingredients did flag up a “Moderate” Hazard rating:
Tocopheryl Acetate – 3
Phenoxyethanol – 4
Benzyl Alcohol – 5
That said, these are rather common ingredients in skin care products, and I am personally not too alarmed. These are mostly used as emulsifiers, and their rating listed that they are only really harmful if used in very high amounts.
These feature quite low down on the list of ingredients, which means that they are used in relatively small amounts. If you have a bad reaction to these ingredients, or if you have extremely sensitive skin, you might want to do a patch test before smearing this cream on your entire face.
Korres is very keen to advertise their products as vegan, and they are not tested on animals. They include this disclaimer on their site:
“This product is free from Mineral Oil, Petrolatum/ Paraffin Wax, Silicones, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Ethanolamines, PEG, SLES, ALES, Synthetic Dye, Phthalates, Polycyclic Musks, Retinol, Animal by-products.”
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Packaging And Jar
While I definitely like the natural cardboard box that the product is sold in, I am not the biggest fan of the jar. I have to dip my fingers into the product in order to use it, and I know from experience that this can contaminate the product over time. I could use a scoop, but these always go missing and can have the same problems.
Also, the jar does not really protect the product from the elements (i.e. it has no air lock etc.), and in the past I have had Korres creams get gummy and dried out. I know that the cream is too thick for an air pumped bottle, but a different solution would be great.
Overall Results And Daily Experience
I have now been using this day cream for 2 weeks, and the results are good. I have not noticed a decrease in wrinkles, but my skin feels lovely and soft. When I use the day cream, I can definitely feel that my skin is dewy and hydrated for most of the day, and it does not feel oily.
However, no product is perfect, and by the end of the day my T-Zone is very oily – this is not the cream’s fault, but rather my own skin’s PH.
It does have a 15 SPF built in, but I am wary to fully trust this on its own. I always like to add a layer of 30 SPF sunscreen underneath my foundation primer, just as a guarantee that my skin is well protected from the sun’s rays.
Korres’ website touts that many women will see a reduction in wrinkles:
“Research results: After 56 days: – 95% of women saw visibly reduced wrinkles – 100% of women saw improved skin moisture & elasticity – 100% of women saw more radiant, compact, revitalized skin.”
Personally, I haven’t noticed the wrinkle reduction, but that does not make me like the product any less. In terms of hydration and helping my make up stay put all day, I think that this is a really great product. It definitely beats no day cream at all, which was my previous strategy!