Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
COSRX’S Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream has a luxurious texture, but its packaging isn’t the best option for this type of product.
This rich, fragrance-free gel cream feels instantly hydrating and soaks into skin immediately without a greasy or sticky feel. Skin feels softer, smoother and plumped, and this cream is best for those with normal to dry skin.
As advertised, honey extract is front and center on the ingredients list. Honey has multi-faceted value in moisturizers; it has antioxidant properties, can soothe skin, and also help form a protective barrier as well. In addition to honey, there are non-fragrant moisturizing plant oils.
Rounding out the ingredients is skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate and ceramide 3, which can help skin retain moisture; the issue here is that both ingredients are near the end of the list, after many of this product’s preservatives, so you’re not getting nearly as much ceramide power as this moisturizer’s name implies.
Another issue is that this comes in a jar. Jar packaging is a a concern in this formula because the natural oils and plant extracts are prone to degrading with routine exposure to light and air. Granted, COSRX doesn’t claim this product is an anti-aging powerhouse and it isn’t a water-based formula (water-based products are more vulnerable to developing bacteria in jar packaging), but it still contains delicate ingredients and jars aren’t the most hygienic option.
These caveats aside, this cream will help dry skin feel hydrated and smoother, and it feels great.
*Note: This review was mistakenly originally published with a rating of 3 stars instead of 4 and has since been updated to reflect this.
- Gel-cream texture makes skin feel instantly hydrated and smoothed.
- Contains moisturizing and soothing honey extract, + emollient non-fragrant plant oils.
- Fragrance free.
- The advertised ceramide is near the end of the ingredient list.
- Packaged in a jar, which isn’t the most hygienic option (though this isn’t a water-based formula).
This lightweight cream is highly enriched with Honey Extract. It helps your skin deeply nourished and moisturized.
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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