Saturday, July 13, 2019

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Review

Hello, lovelies~ I feel that I should change that greeting already. I'll think of something later on. My brain isn't feeling too creative at the moment. I'm having a cold and cough at the moment I'm writing this intro.

As you may (or may not) know, I am someone who grew up with oily skin type that is both acne-prone and sensitive. Over the years I have tried to control the sebum production on my face, so it won't look like a disco ball at the end of the day. Blotting sheets, mattifying powders, lightweight water-based moisturizers, but never oil.

I first heard about using facial oils back in 2016 when I was already on a skincare routine that I was already liking, so I didn't really try it out. I don't wanna ruin a good thing I had going with my skin, you know? We finally made peace and there's no more acne-warfare going on right now.

*Fast forward to 2019*

I began to look into facial oils and their physiology of how it's supposed to help the skin produce less oil. Click upon clicks upon clicks later, I found out about Tamanu Seed oil through Liah Yoo and how it helps her aunt fade sunspots. I did more reading and research on this topic and decided to purchase a sample of the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum of Shopee.

The serum comes with a white green-themed cardboard box complete with all of the product information printed on it. Inside the box is the plastic bottle that the serum is placed in. The bottle has a white pump, making it easier to dispense the product.

Here are the ingredients for the serum. There are quite a few beneficial oils inside. I'll sum it up in bullet points :
  • Facial oils: Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate (a mixture of Cetearyl alcohol and fatty acids usually derived from olive oil), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, most mixtures of olive oils and others
  • There are no parabens
  • There is no fragrance
  • There is no ethanol, alcohol and the likes

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Ingredients 

Water, Propanediol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil(10), Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Serine, Acetyl Glutamine, Glycine, Ceramide NP, Oleic acid, Sodium PCA, Glycosyl trehalose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Saccharide Isomerate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopheryl acetate, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Lactic acid, Xanthan gum, Urea, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Magnesium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA
I tried it immediately after I opened it from the package. It has a lightweight texture for a serum that has lots of oils in it. It does have a nutty, earthy, medicinal scent, but I kinda liked it. My skin feels slightly sticky after I pat it evenly on my cheek area, but after 10 minutes it's no longer sticky.

I woke up with a smooth face I can't stop touching it, lol. In my air-conditioned office, my face held up quite nicely without having too much excess oil on my cheeks.

So far, I haven't experienced any redness, itchiness, or acne from using this product. It has been smooth sailing *crosses fingers*

Nah, usually my skin notifies me quite fast when it doesn't like a product. This has been 2-3 weeks without any incident.

As for the sunspot lightening action, I have yet to see it happen because I've only been using it for a short period (2-3 weeks). The (kinda) instant result I saw was the change in my skin's texture. It is smoother and softer, also ever-so-slightly supple.

With all that being said, I don't think I will be repurchasing this again since I can get almost the same results with a fraction of the price. Converted to IDR, I paid IDR 170.000 (USD 12.08) for 10 ml of this product. The full-size product retails around IDR 400.000 - IDR 565.000 which is around USD 28.43 - $40.16 (prices off Shoppe Indonesia). That's out of my budget, unfortunately.

Have you tried this serum from Krave Beauty? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, I'll see you later~

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