[REVIEW] Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream (Before and After)
I bought a routine set from Wishtrend a while back and got the midnight blue calming cream with it. I used it once or twice, taught that it was ridiculous that such a small container would serve as a moisturizer, and just left it at that. A couple of weeks ago, I went to buy some plants with my boss (unnecessary information, but bare with me), and there was a very cute cat there, fun fact about me: I am extremely allergic to cats, as in, I start getting asthma and intense red splotches, and sometimes my airways get constricted (if I’m really dumb and don’t stop petting the damn animal). The point is, the cat was cute, I like cute cats, I petted the thing and my skin started acting out. When this happens I usually don’t do anything until the allergic reaction reaches my airways, and this time it didn’t so I just kept chilling with a huge red splotch on my cheek. The patch was irritating, burning, and 30 minutes into it, it wasn’t fading away. I started looking at my skincare items trying to find something that would appease the pain and burning and I cam across this cream. I was like ‘‘meh, let’s try it’’, and try it I did.
Texture: Silky and glossy
What you get: 30ml or 60ml
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Ceramide NP, Polysorbate 60, Bees Wax, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Morus Alba Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Guaiazulene, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-9, sh-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol
SOME INTERESTING INGREDIENTS:
With a product like this one, I think it’s really important to really go in-depth with the ingredients, so here’s a longer than usual list.
Sodium Hyaluronate : hydrating + wound healing
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter : Potent moisturizer
Argania spinosa Kernel Oil : antioxidant + hydrating + anti-flaking agent (dry patches)
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil : anti-inflammatory + anti-microbial
Portulaca Oleracea Extract : anti-inflammatory + anti-irritation
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract: anti-bacterial + anti-inflammatory + wound healing
Ceramide NP : ‘‘This lipid prevents the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin, from losing moisture. When people experience dry skin, it is because of a loss of ceramides in the skin, which can also cause itching, flaking, peeling, and scaling.’’
Morus Alba Root Extract: anti-microbial + anti-inflammatory
Guaiazulene : Anti-microbial/Anti-bacterial + anti-inflammatory (gives the cream it’s blue color as it is a derivative of Azulene, the blue colored constituent of chamomile oil)
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 : Works as a muscle contraction blocker which ultimately reduces the appearance of fine line and wrinkles due to facial expression. However, it’s not an ingredient meant to be used on sensitive or sensitized (due to sun damage for example) skin which makes it a weird addition to the midnight blue calming cream.
SH-Oligopeptide-1 to 11: Epidermal Growth Factors, which basically are cellular signal molecules that can stimulate cell growth, proliferation, healing and/or differentiation.
This isn’t my hand nor my picture. But I wanted to show you the texture, it doesn’t really look like anything when spread on the skin, maybe a bit dewy but that’s it.
From Klair’s official website: ‘‘Recommended for: Those with oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin to soothe redness and calm sensitivity from sun exposure. + Those in need of a spot treatment for irritated skin’’
Calming & Soothing : These are two terms Wishtrend (which owns Klairs) to describe the effects of this cream. It’s -as usual- mostly marketing words because ‘soothing’ is a synonym of calming. But regardless, yes, this cream is extremely calming & soothing. As mentioned in the intro, I used this because of a red, burning, irritation I got on my cheek and this calmed it in a minute. The color was still there, but the burning itchy sensation completely disappeared which is crazy.
For irritation & Redness: Again, absolutely yes, the redness of my splotch went away after 15 minutes, where it would usually last a couple of hours with my allergies. I haven’t tried this for a sunburn, but the principle should be the same and looking at the ingredients list again, which is full of anti-inflammatory and wound healing ingredients, I’m pretty confident that this would be a great option to treat sunburnt skin. Either way, summer is around the corner and I’ll come back to this review and edit it in 2 months when my cousin gets sunburnt and I apply this cream on her face to see what happens (I’m #teamsunscreen so I hopefully probably won’t get sunburnt this summer, hence the need of a guinea pig)
Good for all skin types: If you look at the ingredient list provided by cosDNA, you’ll see a weird amount of acne, irritants and safety-concern listed ingredients. Please always take these results with a grain of salt because a product is not the sum of its individual ingredients, it’s the sum of how they interact with each other, so something by itself, in certain concentrations, might cause acne, but if it’s mixed with something else, or if it’s present in lower concentrations, it might do something completely different. All this to say, I have acne-prone skin and an oily T zone and have not experienced any irritation. I actually applied it on some of my forehead bumps and one active pimple I head on my jaw just to see if it would do anything and It did not further irritate them (overnight) and some of the tiny bumps were less red when I woke up (which might just be due to a good night of sleep). But as always, try a patch test first.
** I have a lot of guy friends who get acne after shaving and I’ve seen a lot of reviews online suggesting that this might work to calm down skin after shaving as to avoid this result. If you’re a guy reading this or you know a guy (or girl, who’s judging) which suffers from this, I would recommend trying this out.
A little goes a long way
I feel like this could be priced down by a couple of dollars.
Score: 4.0/5 --- This works so well when you’re dealing with an irritation, but if you don’t, it just sits in your cabinet waiting for the day you’ll need it to soothe down your skin which is why it gets a 4.0. It’s like Advil for your skin, and I would give Advil a 4.0 too, because it’s not something that I use every day.