CNP Laboratory Aqua Soothing Gel Cream claims to provide instant moisture whilst soothing irritated skin from its refreshing cooling formula. I have Acne prone, combination dry skin and have been using this for almost 2 months. Does it match up to it claims? Yes, definitely for summer! Hot, humid days are staying for longer and this moisturiser provides just enough moisture for my skin type.
Previously, I was using Vichy Normaderm Anti-imperfection 24H Hydration moisturiser. It was perfect in that it kept my breakouts at bay, suitable for sensitive skin and provided a nice matte finish, however it didn’t provide enough moisture. Although Vichy is like the CNP in that it has a light gel-like texture, I often found myself using a serum or another light moisturiser underneath. This is where CNP Laboratory Aqua Soothing Gel Cream ($52.50AUD) kicks in. It provides a nice comforting feeling as you gently massage it into your skin. You feel refreshed and hydrated without the heaviness and irritation. Upon initial application, it does leave a ‘shiny’ finish on the skin however after 10mins, the skin absorbs the moisturiser and leaves the skin semi-matte. The CNP Moisturiser sits well under makeup unlike Vichy which can often rub off.
It’s hard to critique CNP since it does a great job in keeping the skin hydrated and is perfect for sensitive skin (which is a plus for me). Hence despite a few critiques, these do not bother me greatly. Firstly, the gel-cream does have a faint medicated scent however it is hardly noticeable. I guess this is expected since the brand is known for its lab-produced quality skincare products. Aesthetically, the jar is quite heavy so it can be a little difficult if you are travelling. Finally, although it provides superb hydration for summer and hot days, the hydration does not penetrate enough into the skin for cold winter days. I often find myself layering it or putting on a hydrating essence underneath. Try the COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence ($29.00AUD)
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