07.25.2016
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Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel
1.35 fl. oz. for $34
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Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:07.25.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel's mix of natural and synthetic ingredients creates a lightweight cream-gel texture but contains too many oil-based ingredients to make it a winning choice for use on oily areas of combination skin.

Best for normal to slightly dry skin, the texture is appealing and while this does contain beneficial ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger and healthier the jar packaging won't keep the effectiveness of the plant-based oils and antioxidants stable over the long haul. See More Info for details.

Bottom line: this is an average formula that feels good but won't leave oily skin matte or result in skin being less oily—and the amount of fragrance it contains could cause irritation, which is never the goal.

Pros:
  • Smoothing, lightweight cream texture feels good over slightly dry areas.
  • Contains some beneficial plant oils and water-binding agents.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't help the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable during use.
  • The amount of fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
More Info:

Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).

One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).

Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)

Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).

The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).

In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).

Community Reviews
Claims
The unique lightweight cream-gel is formulated with a blend of 15% pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols to help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.
Ingredients
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dicaprylyl Ether, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclodextrin, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Gluceptate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Brand Overview

Korres At-A-Glance

Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.

A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, there’s very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.

Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.

For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.

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Korres At-A-Glance

Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.

A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, there’s very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.

Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.

For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.