Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Moisturiser
Yogurt, whether it is Greek or some other style, has unique and necessary health benefits for your diet. When it comes to putting it on your skin, though, there's scant research showing it can do much, though this may change as research evolves.
Even if yogurt was an ace ingredient for skin, Korres packaged this moisturizer in a jar, which means the very delicate friendly strains of bacteria present in yogurt won't remain active for long once this product is opened. See More Info for details.
For now, you're far better off eating yogurt then searching for it in your skincare products. Plus, given skin's complexity as the body's largest organ, one showcased ingredient is never enough to deal with any concern. Skin needs a variety of great ingredients to look and feel its best.
Getting past the yogurt, this moisturizer is an okay formula whose emollients and non-fragrant plant oils are great for dry skin. But other than that, it's lacking in an array of beneficial ingredients we love to see in great products. This would have earned a far better rating if it was loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients.
Although the non-fragrant plant oils in here have benefit it is disappointing fragrance was added to the mix. Fragrance, whether synthetic or natural is a problem for skin, something we detail in the More Info section.
Ultimately, despite a lush texture and truly nourishing plant oils, this moisturizer isn't one we can recommend with much enthusiasm. See our list of Best Moisturizers for superior options.
- Nice blend of emollients for dry skin.
- Contains some good water-binding agents.
- Lacks an array of anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants and skin-restoring ingredients.
- The amount of fragrance poses a strong risk of irritation.
- Jar packaging won't keep the beneficial ingredients (or yogurt) it contain stable after opening.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.
A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, theres very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.
Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.
For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.
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