moisturized skin = happy skin
You guys heavily requested a review on this product on Instagram (come say hi!) . And as a true KBeauty aficionado, I am here to report back. In today's post, we will chat about a trending Birch Moisturizer by Round Lab. Did it go viral for the right reasons?
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My Skin: dry, sensitive
About the Product
Round Lab Birch Moisturizing Cream (36 USD; Made in Korea) - is described as a nourishing moisturizer that soothes, purifies, and hydrates the skin. Prolonged use should help decrease inflammation and protect the skin barrier.
Packaging: true to the brand's identity, this cream comes in a classic jar with the cutest illustration. You are working with 80 ml/ 2.7 fl. oz worth of product, which is a generous amount compared to other options within the same price range.
Formula: now, a highlighted ingredient here is Birch Tree Sap, which is not something you see often. It sits at the top of the list, which speaks for its high concentration.
Overall, this is a water-based and Glycerin-rich formulation that also contains Jojoba Esters, Panthenol, and various types of Hyaluronic Acid all of which contribute to a healthier, well-hydrated condition of the skin. Additional nourishing ingredients are Lupinus Albus Seed Extract (antioxidants), Aloe (antibacterial), Ascorbic Acid (skin brightening Vitamin C), Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (skin barrier protection), and more.
There is a small amount of alcohol present, which at times can be irritating for more sensitive skin types. Thankfully, it is listed at the very end of the list, which means its content is low (perhaps even insignificant).
Texture: lightweight gel cream that feels watery upon application. There are small beads of encapsulated collagen in the mix.
Application: the Birch Moisturizing Cream can be used either during your AM or PM routine (or both). I have dry skin, so I prefer to use this moisturizer in the morning and go for something more potent for the nighttime. Naturally, if you have normal or combination skin, you can use it well throughout the day.
As I have mentioned, tiny collagen capsules are running through this product's texture. Although they are supposed to burst upon application, they don't always pop easily. You might find them sitting on top of the skin throughout the day, which can be a nuisance for makeup wearers.
Ideally, I would recommend rubbing the Birch Moisturizing Cream between your hands first and only then massaging it into the skin. This way you can pop beads quickly.
Skin feels nourished and well moisturized throughout the day. The Birch Moisturizing Cream played well with various products layered underneath and/or on top of it. Including makeup.
After months of having this moisturizer as part of my skincare regimen, I have noticed a slight improvement in the strength of my skincare barrier. There are minimal occurrences of breakouts; the feeling of dehydration or tightness is practically gone. Skin is glowy and balanced. No clogged pores or breakouts.
This is the second time I review Round Lab on this site and I must say that my experience with the brand has been positive so far. Slight application hassle aside (beads), I think the Birch Moisturizing Cream will be a hit for people with normal-dry, combination, and sensitive skin types. Although it works for me at the moment, I do have other creams in my possession that are more suited for extra dry skin (something I experience during colder months of the year). I do wish there was a rich version of this formula. If you are a fan of Hyaluronic Acid type of gel moisturizer, which is both lightweight and effective as far as hydration goes, look this way. Overall, I do like this product and give it a B+.
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