If you have sensitive skin like I do, you probably are on a constant lookout for a new moisturizer. Lots of people seem to put moisturizer last when it comes to skincare, when really it's the most important part. If you have dry, oily, or combination skin, it's important that you have a type of face cream fit for your skin. I'm always looking for a better moisturizer, one that will keep my skin from drying out without breaking out. I was especially excited to try this one out!
Tonymoly's Red Appletox Honey Cream
(4 out of 5)
Tonymoly's products can either work really well on my skin, or cause breakouts, but this product looked especially natural so I wanted to try it out. There are two different Tonymoly Appletox products, the Green Appletox is a kind of peel for dead skin, and the Red Appletox is a moisturizer. Basically, they offer you the ability to either take off the dry skin, or hydrate it (though it's best to do both). Because I have sensitive skin I am careful about using any kind of peels, so I chose to try out their Red Appletox. This kind is more of a gel than a cream, which means that there's less of a chance for it to clog pores. I ordered some samples of this, and I'm hoping to get the larger version soon to try out.
There are a lot of natural ingredients and extracts in this, making it more complex than you would think. First, there are two kinds of honey, Black Honey, and Manuka Honey from New Zealand. Honey has a strong antibacterial effect, which is why people have been using it to treat acne for years! It also is a natural moisturizer, that keeps your skin soft and gives elasticity (some people will also use honey for conditioner). There's also Royal Jelly, which helps calm irritation in your skin and helps to "cool" your skin and prevent itchiness and breakouts. There is also Propolis in this product, which is a botanical resin that bees collect to help seal cracks in the hive. It may seem weird that it's in your skin cream, but it's sold in health food stores because it's an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory treatment. Something to know about this product that's important though, is that if you're sensitive to bee products, you may not want to use this. There are some people that have problems with honey or bees wax, etc. and it's best to stay away from products that contain that. (If you're allergic or sensitive, I trust that you will know what to stay away from.)
The texture of the cream is interesting, it's more of a gel, as I said earlier. It feels like honey or syrup, without the stickiness, but it still kind of sticks to your skin slightly, if you can imagine that. It has the same consistency and thickness, but doesn't feel as sticky. It also has a light floral and citrus kind of scent to it, that does smell a bit like apples, that's refreshing and not overwhelming. It absorbs pretty quickly into your skin, so don't worry about it being like having honey stuck to your skin for hours. This is more of a treatment than a regular moisturizer, though I'm sure that you can use it more often if you would like to. If you have problems with itchy, irritated, or dry skin, it would be good to keep this around, especially for bad skin days. All you do is massage it into your skin and let it absorb, nothing fancy. The container has a type of spoon with it as well, which helps with preventing germs from getting into it, and I love that feature. I also love the packaging for this, like the Tonymoly Egg, it's a large Apple container and is super cute! I did have a problem with the samples though, because they hardly have anything in them, so I wish that they were a bit larger so that you can have enough product to use and see if you like it or not.
As for how it worked, I think that it did pretty well. It was honestly difficult to tell how it works over time, with how little the samples hold, but I did like it and want to get some more! It didn't irritate my skin or cause any breakouts, which is already better than most out there (for me at least)! I noticed that my skin turned a bit red when I put it on, though that may be from massaging it, but it didn't last more than a minute or so. My skin did feel less itchy than normal, but I didn't see a large effect when it came to moisturizing. Overall, I would say that this is a great supplement for your skin, but not best for daily use. It does better with soothing than dryness, so it seems to be more targeted towards being a mask to use before bed. I think this would be a good one to get if you can, but it's not necessary, and you would probably be better off buying a different balm or lotion for everyday use. You can buy the full sized version Here, from Cosmetic Love, or the samples Here! It's about $15 for the full sized version, which should last you a while, and about $3 for the samples.
That's how it worked for my skin at least, so if you have tried this out please let me know how it worked for you! Did it irritate your skin at all, or work better at moisturizing? Products can work differently for different skin types, so try it out and let me know your thoughts!
See you next time you jump down the Rabbit hole,
(Sorry that there aren't many photos as usual, I honestly forgot to get pictures before the samples ran out, the the ones that I did get didn't look very good...)