Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream
COSRX’s Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream might not be the flashiest moisturizing option out there, but it’s still a very good fragrance-free face cream that avoids any formulary missteps and does what it says.
Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its ingredients from light and air, this moisturizer has a luxurious gel-cream texture. It goes on initially thick, but is easy to spread, and, surprisingly, absorbs quickly to a non-greasy finish. All told, it’s a fine option for normal to dry skin.
This cream leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated and rejuvenated. That’s thanks in part to skin-conditioning silicones and a high amount of panthenol (vitamin B5), which helps skin both attract and retain moisture. Backing that up is sunflower seed oil, and four types of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
This doesn’t contain much beyond these moisturizing ingredients – there’s only a dash of antioxidants included (from raspberry ketone), so you’re not going to see much, if any benefit as far as environmental defense or anti-aging as far as this is concerned. COSRX doesn’t make any claims to that effect, however, and solely positions this as a cream to alleviate dryness and protect skin’s barrier (both of which it can do admirably).
If you’re in the market for a simple-yet-effective hydrator that skips fragrance and irritants, this might just be for you! But for the health of your skin, especially if you want to maintain a youthful look, pair this with an antioxidant-rich serum.
- Gel-cream texture provides rich moisture yet absorbs quickly.
- Makes skin look and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Contains proven moisturizing ingredients included panthenol, silicones, and hyaluronic acid.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Daily multi-functional cream which contains d-panthenol not only hydrates from inside of skin but also strengthen the barrier of skin.
COSRX is one of a growing number of Korean beauty brands – a category known by many simply as K Beauty – that’s gaining a foothold in the Western cosmetics world. COSRX got its start in 2014, though it’s essentially an offspring of older “sister” brands, including C20 and Gatzmen, which have longer-standing histories in the Korean market. As the story goes, COSRX came about after the parent company compiled a decade’s worth of research based on customer data and beauty consumer research.
The brand name, as you might have guessed, is a mash-up of “cosmetics” and “RX” (for prescription), and illustrates COSRX’s overall philosophy. Whereas some other K-beauty brands are known for whimsical packaging and brightly-colored products, CosRX’s focus is minimalistic packaging and products designed to target specific skin care concerns, each highlighted by active ingredients.
To that end, the brand is largely successful. Most of the packaging is designed to protect light- and air-sensitive ingredients, though there are some jars in the mix. The formulas focus on active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, and beta hydroxy acid (though it should be noted, COSRX uses BHA derivatives, since salicylic acid’s use is restricted in Korea).
Most of the exfoliants are formulated at the optimal pH for exfoliation, which is between 3 and 4, and are fragrance free. Unfortunately there are some formulas that include natural ingredients that can potentially sensitize skin, including pine and cedar extracts, and anise fruit extract – proof once again that natural isn’t always better! Some products also contain drying alcohol, which is interesting since other products are specifically advertised as being “alcohol-free.”
Overall, this line is worth considering, especially if you prefer a more targeted approach to skin care that focuses on science rather than trends. For more information, visit cosrx.kr, the brand’s official Korean site. COSRX is available for purchase at several U.S. and online retailers, including Ulta, Amazon, and SokoGlam.
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