This product is one that surprised and confused me so I decided it would be a good start for my reviews! This is Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiaging & Antiwrinkle Night Cream.
Is it natural? I guess we should start with the idea of a synthetic. After googling the definition a few times I still can’t decide if modified natural ingredients count as a “synthetic” but I can say it’s probably better to go with non-modified ingredients just to be safe. That being said modified natural ingredients are probably still better than completely manmade ingredients – my own debate is still out and I feel like it comes down to a personal choice of how natural you want to go with your skin care. This product I guess would fall in the middle of the road! Let’s start with a list of the ingredients:
Water, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (derivative of vegetable oil – glycerin – lubricant), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (animal or synthetic derived – emollient – adds slip), Glycerin, Triheptanoin (fatty acids naturally found in the body), Behenyl Alcohol (fatty acid – thickener), Glyceryl Stearate (stabilizer/lubricant – palm oil derivative), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol – stabilizer), Amaranthus Cruentus Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin (emulsifier – soy derived), Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Sucrose, Alanine (amino acid), Arginine (amino acid), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fatty acid – coconut derived), Caprylyl Glycol (plant derived humectant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Galactoarabinan (polysaccharide derived from larch trees), Glyceryl Oleate (natural oil/fat), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Mourera Fluviatilis Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), PCA (amino acid), Phenoxyethanol (fragrance, preservative), Quercetin Caprylate, Quercus Robur Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Serine (amino acid), Silica Dimethyl Silylate (silica – stabilizer), Sodium Gluceptate (salt), Threonine (amino acid), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum (stabilizer – sugar derived).
I added the bold items to describe what the ingredients are and what they are used for. As you can notice most of the ingredients are of natural origins or derived from natural sources. I’m not sure if the process of “deriving” makes the ingredient worse for your skin but again, its better than completely un-natural ingredients! If we put aside the “derived and modified” debate this moisturizer looks quite natural and only has two ingredients that should be avoided. Both are fragrance compounds which are known to cause irritation and shouldn’t be applied to skin. One is also a preservative but both are listed quite low on the ingredient list meaning they are in small amounts.
Something else I noticed about this product is it is now distributed by Johnson & Johnson which means the formula has probably been changed to make it cheaper to create and distribute but I won’t get into the politics of that.
Is it Effective? I personally really like this cream and use it fairly often. I like to switch up my night time moisturizer depending on how my skin is feeling. This cream has a really interesting feel. It’s rich and thick but leaves little to no greasy residue behind and leaves you skin feeling extremely hydrated and nourished. When I’m feeling particularly dry and dehydrated I reach for this cream to lock in all the other products I have applied and make sure my skin is hydrated all night. I have sensitive and blemish prone skin which is not oily, it’s combination/dehydrated so even though this is thick it really will work for all skin types. When it comes to night creams I often wake up wondering whether or not I forgot to apply one (not a good sign!) but with this one I can tell in the morning my skin looks healthier and hydrated. I don’t have any issues with aging yet as I am only 23 but I definitely find this product effective as a great “night cream” for locking in moisture and making my skin look healthy. It does smell a little funny but if you can handle that it’s a great option for a relatively natural night cream and I would recommend it as it has a permanent spot in my night time routine!
Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiaging & Antiwrinkle Night Cream
Available at: Sephora & Shoppers Drug Mart
Natural Rating (1/3) Efficacy Rating (3/3)