When in trouble, we sometimes need to borrow the force of a tiger. Especially during winter, when our skin is suffering from the dry air, wind and snow we definitely need some extra help. So why not borrow the strength of the Asian Tiger that is so skilful in healing his battle wounds? Since I came back from Poland a couple of days ago, my skin started to make some extra trouble. The change of climate, the skin damaging long transatlantic flight, combined with a bottle or three (too much…) of Champagne (aie! It was New Year’s eve!) finally got me. And as this New Year reminds again that I am not getting any younger here, I thought to call in some special help.
If you follow the blog, you probably noticed I have a weakness for the Kbeauty brand Dr. Jart+. A part of their slightly overpriced sheetmasks (reviewed here) I pretty much like everything I tried from this brand. I am head over heals for their Ceramidin Day Tint that I use as a primer, and I recently gave my heart away for the Water Drop moisturiser and the Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream.
The Cicapair cream is a savior of super dry skins. You can use it on your whole face, or just on the trouble dry patches. I am mainly using it at night, and putting the cream on the extra dry parts of my face mainly around my nose and mouth. These parts of my face are not only super dry, but also constantly irritated and red. When my skin is in an overall ok condition, I keep the dryness and redness under control. But now with the artificial heating and cold dry air, I am not only constantly thirsty but my skin also screams for help.
The Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream is dedicated to extra-dry skin suffering from redness and itching. It contains some very original ingredients such as the Centella Asiatica Complex used to heal stressed skin, and some herbs such as Houtuynia Cordata and the Resurrection Plant as well as minerals.
- Ingredients (Sephora): Water, Propanediol, Centellaasiatica leaf water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Ca- Prictriglyceride, Panthenol, Diisostearylmalate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Dis- Tearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Bu-Tter, Glycerylstearate, Niacinamide, Mac- Adamiaternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alco-Hol, Hydrogenatedpoly(C6-14 Olefin), Hy- Drogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenatedpolyisobutene, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-8, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Palm-Iticacid, Tocopherylacetate, Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Glycerin, Stearicacid, Phe-Noxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Asiaticoside, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Madecassic A-Cid, Asiaticacid, Spirulina Platensispow- Der, Alcohol, Polysorbate20, Ethylhexylgl-Ycerin, Lavandulaangustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Adenosine, Cer-Amidenp, Citrusgrandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Hydrogenatedlecithin, Disodium EDTA, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leafoil, Anthemisnobilis Flower Oil, Sodiumhya-Luronate, Centellaasiatica Extract, Theob-Roma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, Ho- Uttuyniacordataextract, Anibarosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Centella Asiaticameristem Cell Culture, Madecassoside, Citric Acid, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Ar-Temisia Absinthium Extract, Arnicamonta-Na Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutearoot Extract, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Glycero-Phosphate, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extr- Act, Potassiummagnesiumaspartate, Ly-Solecithin, Magnesiumgluconate, Calciumgluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodiumascorbylphosphate, Sodiumbenzoate, Xanthan Gum.
First impressions: The cream comes a bit green from the tube. In general, I prefer creams that come in a tube as they are more hygenic (I never use the little spatula for creams, and instead just use my fingers). The Cicapair cream feels quite thick and greasy at first. You really need to tap it into your skin and use the heat of your hands to make the cream penetrate. I really like the quite strong, fresh herbal smell of this cream, as I find it very soothing. Despite the original thickness of the cream, this product penetrates quite well and doesn’t leave a shiny residue if you wait a bit. The cream doesn’t contain any SPF, unlike the ColorCorrecting cream also from the Cicapair line, so it is more suitable for night use.
Effects: Sensation-wise I feel this cream already helped me a lot. After applying it, my skin felt immediately more moisturized, relaxed and less dry. It is a really good ‘fire-fighter’ solution when you want to relieve the dryness immediately. The cream is quite thick, so it probably wouldn’t work so well for oily skin types. But now as my skin became super dry, the Cicapair cream just literally sinks in within minutes. I also wouldn’t apply this cream under heavy make up, but I already used it to go out in the harsh wind, and it does a good job protecting my skin.
Where to get it? You can find the Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream, along with other Dr. Jart+ products in Sephora.
Bonus product! I also recently purchased a Jade face Roller. It is an Ancient Asian beauty tool, used to massage the face. It helps your skincare products to penetrate the skin and also has a beneficial effect (on the long run…) to smooth wrinkles. So far I really love this Jade Roller. I love how cool and fresh it feels on my skin, and how it de-puffs my under eye area. I mainly use the irregular side of it (that has like some massage ‘spikes’). This Acupress Jade Roller can reduce your dark circles under the eyes and puffiness by promoting blood circulation. It also allows to redistribute oxygen under the skin. It also just feels like a nice massage and is very relaxing. Try to find a 100% Jade stone roller, as Jade is believed to have many healing and even metaphysical properties. It has been used in ancient civilisations as a talisman or a ritual stone to encourage creativity and access the spiritual world. The Jade stone is also believed to help detoxify the body, boost the immune system and stimulate the Qi (Life force). Some Korean Spas even have ‘Jade Saunas’, as Jade contains calcium and magnesium and emits far infrared healing rays that are believed to be beneficial for he body.
You can find more info on my favorite beauty tools here.
Where to get? I found mine on Amazon.
Do you also use the Cicapair Tiger Grass cream or the Jade Roller? What are your thoughts? Any other favorites from the brand Dr. Jart+?