Today’s quick review is on Mizon’s Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream. I finished the tube quite a while ago (purchased it from RoseRoseShop) and published this review on my old blog. I haven’t tried the cream ever since but I thought it may come useful to some of you and so I decided to repost it here.
What drew my attention to this Hyaluronic Ultra Subook Cream was its relative affordability (relative, because it was quite cheap but with a shipping cost not so much anymore) and the cream’s ingredients- it was supposed to contain 30% of Hyaluronic Acid- a very potent hydrating ingredient. The reality turned out a bit different, though. But! Let me explain everything in order so let’s dive right in.
Ingredients and Texture
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, 1,2- Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide NP, Betula Alba Juice, Alcohol, Glucose, BHT, Tocopherol, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phosphatidylcholine, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Phenoxyethanol
- contains a variety of plant extracts, such as Arnica Montana Flower Extract, which come with a number of skin benefits (for example the Arnica extract mentioned above has anti-inflammatory properties) as well as two plant oils (Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil)
- there’s also the staple Sodium Hyaluronate (derived from Hyaluronic Acid and supposedly absorbing faster) that hydrates the skin very well, and Panthenol which attracts and holds the moisture in the skin
- the cream also contains ceramides (Ceramide NP helps to restore the natural lipid barrier of the skin and keeps the skin’s moisture balance in check), Biosaccharide Gum-1 (soothes and moisturizes) and Adenosine (provides anti-wrinkle benefits)
- and a range of amino acids (Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline)- each of them has a different function in skincare- some transport moisture through the skin and some work as antioxidants (but most help your skin to reproduce its own antioxidants)
- most of the ingredients have a green rating meaning they’re safe for the skin
- there are a number of ingredients that have 1 or 2 rating for acne/irritation (Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Tocopherol, ) which means if your skin is sensitive to any of them they can potentially irritate your skin or break it out
- contains three potentially skin-irritating types of alcohol– Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol
- according to Skincarisma, there are five ingredients that may trigger fungal acne: Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stereate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Polysorbate 20
- some ingredients are yellow-rated (lower rating than green which is the highest)
When it comes to the texture, Mizon’s Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream itself is white, light and extremely easy to spread. It absorbs quickly, too. And that’s pretty much all I can say about the texture. Nothing to complain about.
So, here comes the verdict. First of all, I’d like to voice my disappointment regarding the ingredients, more specifically the claim that the Mizon cream contains 30% of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a kind of a shady claim (which as far as I remember was on the website from which I bought it and, just as a side note, it’s a legit website) and seems to be totally invalid- Sodium Hyaluronate is put as the 23rd ingredient on the ingredients list! I’m already aware that the order of the ingredients list does not fully reflect the ingredients’ proportions in the product (at least when it comes to Korean products) but it definitely does not even slightly indicate that the cream contains 30% of Sodium Hyaluronate. And there’s no Hyaluronic Acid in it either. So I feel totally misled. After all, it was one of the two major reasons why I bought it.
However, despite being disappointed, I finished the cream. What are my thoughts on its effectiveness? It definitely didn’t break me out. Didn’t clog my pores. Did moisturize my skin but I wonder if it was any more moisturizing than an ordinary moisturizer. It felt good on my face, especially after applying a bit of a drying vitamin C serum. It was lightweight and left a nice feeling after application. And there was no sticky feeling left either.
How much would I give it?
I think 6 out of 10, on a 10-point scale.
The Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream wasn’t an outstanding discovery- it wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would’ve been. But it wasn’t bad either. A big minus was definitely that lack of the 30% of Hyaluronic Acid but it worked well on my skin and didn’t cause me any issues.
I wouldn’t purchase it again though. I’d find it a bit of a waste of money- a good and cheap regular moisturizer can do as well as this cream.
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