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The pixi skintreats Rose Ceramide Cream is the one I almost missed.
And yes, “The one I almost missed” is a long standing skincare term, same as “The one that got away.” Only less life-changing, less heartbreaking and, usually, less romantic.
Although you could probably argue with the latter, at least in this case: Pink packaging, roses, it ticks all the romance boxes.
Still, I was not interested. “Ultra-rich cream suitable for normal to dry skin”, these are words that I do definitely NOT look for in my products.
What can I say, winter had come, my skin was feeling rough and I thought: “Why not! Just use it, what could possibly go wrong?”
A ton of things, obviously, this is the kind of skincare approach that usually gets me into trouble, but what can I say? I can´t help it.
In this case though, things worked out fine, so let´s review the pixi Rose Ceramide Cream.
What the pixi Rose Ceramide Cream claims
This ultra-rich cream is infused with Ceramides and Rose Oil to deeply hydrate the skin for a healthier, more supple appearance and feel. Antioxidant-rich botanicals help to improve skin’s elasticity while protecting against environmental aggressors.
Prize and size
One tube (metal) contains 50 ml and retails for 29,99 € here. I only use a pea sized amount for my whole face, so it will probably last me several months.
Texture and smell
Despite the name I don´t really smell roses, more of a classic cream scent that doesn´t linger. It feels thick, but spreads easily once it comes in contact with your skin.
Application and effects
Nourishing is the best way to describe how it feels, but without any greasy residue. While the cream certainly doesn´t sink in immediately, it is still lightweight enough to feel comfortable and even work under makeup.
During the colder period it kept my skin plump and hydrated without causing any breakouts or that suffocating feeling richer creams tend to give me. I wouldn´t exactly describe it as soothing though, looking at the ingredient list (a claim that I have seen on other blogs and that probably stems from the added ceramides), but it didn´t cause any irritation either.
Ingredients of the pixi Rose Ceramide Cream
- Glycerin: Humectant
- Dimethicone: Emollient. antiinflammatory
- Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride: Occlusive
- Hydrogenated Polydecene: Emollient
- Cetearyl Alcohol: Emollient, emulsifier
- Betaine: Humectant
- Polysilicone-11: Emollient
- 1,2-Hexanediol: Humectant
- Cyclopentasiloxane: Silicone, emollient
- Glyceryl Stearate: Fatty acid, naturally occurring in the human body, emollient
- PEG-100 Stearate: Emollient
- Caprylyl Glycol: Emollient
- Grapefruit Peel Oil: Rich in Vitamins A, C and E as well as phytonutrients
- Sorbitan Stearate: Humectant, emulsifying
- Shea Butter: Emollient
- Dimethiconol: Emollient
- Butylene Glycol: Humectant, penetration enhancer
- Bifida Ferment Lysate: Antioxidant
- Ceramide NP: Part of skins natural protective barrier, replenish when topically applied, retain moisture, rebuild skins barrier
- Sorbitan Isostearate: Humectant, emulsifying
- Citrus aurantium bergamia fruit oil (Bergamot): Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C
- Hydrogenated Lecithin: Emulsifying, increases cell penetration of other ingredients
- Portulaca Oleracea Extract: Brightening, antioxidant
- Rosemary leaf oil: Antiseptic
- Propanediol: Humectant, penetration enhancer
- Sucrose Cocoate: Emollient
- Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil: Rich in essential fatty acids, anti-inflammatory
- Centella Asiatica Extract: Rich in antioxidants, natural source of Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, increases Typ 1 collagen production
- Rosa Damascena Flower Oil: said to be toning and improves texture
- Biosaccharide Gum-1: Humectant
- Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract: Nourishing
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: Rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, anti-inflammatory
- Unsaponifiables: may have properties such as moisturization, conditioning, vitamins, texture, etc
- Polyglutamic Acid: Occlusive
- Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil: Essential oil, antiinflamatory
- Betula Alba Bud Extraxt: Antioxidant, astringent
- Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Bud Extract: Antioxidants
- Juglans Regia (Walnut) Leaf Extract: Antioxidants
- Olea europea (Olive) Bud Extract: Antioxidants
- Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant
- Dipropylene Glycol: Solvent
- Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin): Viscosity Control
- PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate: Emulsifier
- Hydroxyethylacrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer: Thickener
- Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate: Emulsifier
- Octyldodecanol: Prevents separation
- Polysorbate 60 : Thickener
- Xanthan Gum: Improves viscosity
- Dextrin: Emulsifying
- Disodium EDTA: Binding Agent
- Caramel: Color
- Lecithin: Emulsifier
- Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
- Potassium Sorbate: Preservative
I can see that this is an ingredient list that will divide the skincare community, mainly due to the fact that it contains a ton of plant extracts (that usually don´t have many benefits that are backed up by studies and may be potentially irritant), some essential oils that could be troublesome for sensitive skin as well as silicones.
To be perfectly clear here: I don´t mind plant extracts, I don´t worry about the essential oils in the concentrations they are used in leave-on products and I actually embrace silicones in my products, I just wanted to point it out to my dear readers.
Shea butter might be a red flag for some too, though I did not react with any breakouts when using it.
Ingredients that will be much better received are Centella Asiatica Extract and the Ceramides that even made it on the label. On top of that the pixi skincare Rose Ceramide Cream contains many humectants, emollients and a few occlusives.
Does it live up to its claims?
It is indeed a rich moisturizer, really hydrating my skin, and it does contain a bunch of antioxidants from plant extracts.
How does it compare to…
pixi Rose Caviar Essence
The pixi Rose Caviar Essence is much more lightweight than the pixi Rose Ceramide Cream, a gel opposed to the rich moisturizer of the latter. While they share a few of the lightweight oils in formulation, the pixi Rose Caviar Essence contains way less occlusives, making it more of a serum step for dry skins and a summer moisturizer for combination oily skin types.
pixi Rose Flash Balm
Although the pixi Rose Flash Balm claims to have skincare benefits and is marketed as moisturizer and face mask, I only ever use it as hydrating primer. It contains a few humectants, but way less than the pixi Rose Ceramide Cream or the afore mentioned pixi Rose Caviar Essence. To be completely honest I wouldn´t classify the Rose Flash Balm as skincare, but as makeup.
Would I repurchase?
Although probably not immediately. I am only starting to experiment with creams containing ceramides, and there are a few more on my list that I want to try, but this one is definitely working for my skin.
Who do I recommend it to?
Although best suited for normal to dry skins, depending on the circumstances it works for all skin types. So if you are looking for a night cream with ceramides, it is definitely one of the products you should look into.
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