As much as I love summer, it doesn’t make for interesting skincare, at least for my dry skin yup, I’m going to go ahead and blame the neglect of this blog the past couple of months on summer and now that autumn is upon us, I’m finally getting my act together and am busily stockpiling new products to get me through Los Angeles’s frigid winter months.
One of my recent acquisitions is this Dearpacker MasCream. I’ve been oogling Dearpacker’s whimsically packaged and delicious sounding products for literally over a year after first spotting them on a Korean beauty blog, so it’s about time I finally got around to trying their goods!
Dearpacker Moisture MasCream
Moisture Mascream is new concept of skin care. You can use Mascream as a nourishing overnight mask and a moisture day cream as well.
Where does it fit in your routine?
In the PM, I like to use this as the last step as a sleeping pack. I haven’t used this very much as an AM cream yet because it’s too thick for the summer weather, but as a day cream use after all your watery and serum steps but before sunscreen.
Size and Price
The jar contains 100g of product. I received this for review purposes from BBCosmetic, which sells it for $24.33. It is also available on Koreadepart, Amazon, and Ebay.
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The cream is housed in a plastic jar. The artwork on both the jar and on the box is absolutely adorable – it’s covered in cute illustrations of goats, avocados, and green leaves. I usually toss all unnecessary packaging from products as soon as I have them photographed, but I’m still holding onto this box. It just seems too cute to throw away!
This has a faint scent that is mostly citrus but with a hint of lavender. For me, fragrance can really make or break a product and I was worried it would be an issue with this cream, but I actually find it to be quite refreshing and a good balance to the cream’s thickness.
Color and texture
This is the same color as mint chocolate chip ice cream from all-natural organic brands (without added food coloring) – in other words, SUPER light yellow green. It has a creamy, yogurt sauce kind of consistency.
My jar has a 2018 expiration date, so I’m assuming it’s 2 years from date of manufacture.
What’s in it?
A version of Vitamin B3 that does, well, pretty much everything! It strengthens your skin’s barrier by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), increasing resistance to irritants such as SLS, and increasing the rate at which your skin syntheses barrier components. With repeated daily application increases the thickness of the stratum corneum. It also has the potential to reduce the depth of wrinkles, especially when combined with other anti-aging agents such as kinetin, N-acetyl glucosamine, or palmitoyl pentapeptide, and has been shown as effective in treating hyperpigmentation.
- GLYCERIN & SODIUM HYALURONATE
Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of hyaluronic acid, are your two most common humectants, meaning they attract and hold on to water.
- Oils: MACADAMIAN NUT OIL, MURUMURU SEED BUTTER, AVOCADO OIL
There isn’t a lot of research on these three oils, but given their fatty acid component they make for good, emollient ingredients. Macadamian nut oil in particular, is allegedly similar to human sebum, and avocado oil is high in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols and helps promote wound healing.
- Ferment filtrate: LACTOBACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT FILTRATE, SACCHAROMYCES/POTATO EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE, SACCHAROMYCES/BARLEY SEED FERMENT FILTRATE
If you’ve ever wondered what a fermented ingredients like lactobacillus/soybean ferment filtrate actually means, it’s this: take soybeans, add lactobacillus, then take the byproduct and filter (hence filtrate). Ferment filtrates are not probiotic – the fermenting bacteria or yeast (lactobacillus in this case) is filtered out – but the filtrate contain the partially digested, frequently beneficial nutrients (ie lactobacillus converts sugars to lactic acid) produced by the fermenting agents. This cream contain a couple of ferment filtrates. In addition to the lactobacillus/soybean, there is also saccharomyces X potato extract and barley seed filtrates.
- GOAT MILK
The use of milk for skincare dates back to Cleopatra, who used to bathe in donkey milk. In general, goat’s milk is a nutritious source of fatty acids, protein, and micronutrients.
- Extracts of: AKEBIA QUINATA, SOPHORA JAPONICA FRUIT, SAFFLOWER, PONCIRUS TRIFOLIATA
These extracts occur low in the list, which unfortunately means they aren’t doing much. That said, they probably help bring some general antioxidant properties to the cream.
- Essential Oils: PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS, LAVENDER, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS, BERGAMOT, LIME
I usually try to avoid essential oils in skincare as much as possible, and so wanted to point out this cream contains a few. As far as I know, essential oils are mostly included in skincare for fragrance. They are sometimes useful for their antimicrobial properties but are tricky to formulate with because the components that give them their fragrances also tend to be volatile, which can cause issues. For instance, lavender oil oxides easily and rapidly and in doing so, form oxidation products that can cause contact dermatitis. Personally, lavender oil is problematic for my skin and frequently triggers inflammatory breakouts. However, after a few weeks of use, I haven’t had issues with the lavender oil or essential oils in this cream yet, so likely the EOs are in small amounts, but patch test carefully if you have sensitive skin! Lime oil is also photo-synthetizing, so I recommend using this cream only at night or under a thick layer of sunscreen if you do use it during the day.
- Lipids: GLYCOSPHINGOLIPIDS, PHOSPHOLIPIDS, CERAMIDE NP, CHOLESTEROL
These are all skin-identical ingredients, meaning they occur naturally in skin and help form the skin’s moisture barrier, that when used in skincare products can help improve skin hydration and moisturization, enhance and accelerate skin barrier recovery.
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies stearyl alcohol (2), avocado oil (2), cetearyl alcohol (2), dimethicone (1), and stearic acid (1) as acne triggers and stearyl alcohol (2), cetearyl alcohol (2), sorbitan stearate (1), and carbomer (1) as potential irritants.
Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Macadamian Ternifolia Seed Oil, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces/Potato Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Filtrate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Goat Milk Extract, Akebia Quinata Extract, Sophora Japonica Fruit Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-10 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Stearic Acid, Tromethamine, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lechithin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance
This cream has a superstar-studded ingredient list but at the end of the day it’s a cream so I’m mostly in how well it moisturizes and how pleasant/unpleasant it feels on my skin.
As a sleeping pack, this cream has a cocooning effect – used as the last step in my PM routine it really feels like this cream creates a barrier between your skin and the rest of the world, sealing in any existing hydration but also imparting its own moisturizing goodness to your skin as well. When I wake up, my skin feels plump and looks moisturized, despite how high I’ve cranked the air conditioning all night. I’m excited to see how this cream holds up as winter rolls around (and will update this review when that happens) but given my current experience, I feel good about it!
When using as a moisturizer, I apply a pea sized amount of this cream, focusing on the parts of my face that are most prone to dryness (ie cheeks, temples). Even though it’s a heavier cream, it smells very refreshing and has a yogurt-like texture that makes it easy to spread around and work into my skin. It feels very protective (again, definite cocoon effect) and I imagine it to be very useful on cold windy days, but currently (it’s still summer after all) it’s too heavy for me to use during the day on most days, even with my dry skin.
This cream actually reminds me a lot of another product, the Goodal Anti-Wrinkle Want Night sleeping pack, which has a similiar cocooning effect and also smells kind of similar. The Dearpacker cream has a few advantages though- it has a creamier texture, a more impressive ingredient list, and most importantly doesn’t break me out which the Goodal sleeping pack did!
The Dearpacker MasCream is one of the more occlusive creams I’ve used. It is an excellent sleeping pack and I imagine will be a great winter-cream. It feels nice, smells pleasant, and has an overachieving ingredient that includes niacinamide, ceramides, and various fermented ingredients to boot!
Overall Rating: 3.8/5
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