Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream
COSRX’s Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream is a good facial moisturizer for normal to dry skin, though it could have been great with just a few tweaks.
The first positive is that it’s packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, meaning it protects ingredients that can break down in the presence of light and air. The cream itself is rich without being greasy, providing instant moisture for a replenished feel.
As advertised, Centella asiatica and its components appear in multiple forms in this cream: as centella asiatica leaf water, asiaticoside, asiatic acid, and madecassic acid. All forms have antioxidant and skin-soothing benefits as well, and can help improve skin’s moisture content.
Serving as supporting players in keeping skin hydrated are non-fragrant sunflower seed oil, ceramide NP, palm oil, beeswax, silicones, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid). There’s even some skin-brightening niacinamide included.
In fact, the only drawback of this cream is the small amount of fragrant bergamot oil. It’s the last ingredient, but considering this is a cream designed to soothe skin, and fragrant oils put skin at risk for irritation, it’s better if it were left out altogether.
- Cream provides rich moisture without being greasy.
- Contains multiple forms of antioxidant-rich, soothing Centella asiatica.
- Includes barrier-protecting ceramide NP, non-fragrant plant oils, sodium hyaluronate, and niacinamide.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains a small amount of fragrant bergamot oil, which can irritate skin.
Perfect for all skin types, this matte balm moisturizes and soothes without leaving a greasy residue. This formula is powered by ceramide NP that help retain moisture and strengthens the skin barrier and centella asiatica that heals and soothes irritation.
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.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.