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Revisit Review: Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

5.30.2017


Today I want to review the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream. If you have been following my blog for awhile, I have tried this cream in the past and did a thorough review here.  I recently purchased this cream again so I thought it would be a great time to update my review. I did buy this cream from 8liter during one of their 'try it now" $3.99 special pricing campaign. This cream retails for over twenty dollars so I couldn't pass up that amazing deal.

As always, I like to begin my reviews with stating the products claims. This cream was launched early last year and since has won several awards. This cream claims to provide total care for sensitive, red and irritated skin while strengthening the skin and protecting it again further irritation and environmental damage. 



To start, I like to begin all reviews with stating my skin type and concerns. I also like to mention YRMV, a basic disclaimer. My skin type during this time of the year (spring) is combination. My skin can be quite sensitive, temperamental and acne prone. However, with the incorporation of Curology treatment and more recently, Differin seen here, my skin seems to be less prone to breakouts but more prone to dehydration and flakey skin. My review will reflect how this product works for my personal skin type and condition but as always, your results may vary (YRMV).

Patch Testing:
Every product I use goes through a very detailed patch testing period. I always patch test and I recommend patch testing to everyone. Although there is an argument out there that patch testing doesn't actually work seen here on The Beauty Brains, patch testing has saved my skin from some pretty seriously negative reactions. Although I do agree with TBB (and love this pod cast btw) that patch testing does not work against evaluating whether a certain product will cause breakouts, patch testing will help determine if your skin is allergic to the ingredients. This type of negative reaction is seen in the form of itching/stinging, intense flushing, burning, rash or hives.

I introduce new skin care products to my easily irritated skin by patching testing. Patch testing can look different for everyone but for me, I test products in stages. For this, I applied it to my more sensitive areas which happens to be my neck, chest and behind my ears. I would apply the cream twice within a 24 hour period. If all goes well, I begin to use the product all over. 


Packaging:

These cream is in a dark amber, glass jar and contains 30ml / 1.01oz. As you can see from the picture above, this cream is rather small but a little goes a long way. Plus this cream is intended for spot treatment which I will discuss below. There is a point of difference between the old version I reviewed here and that is the packaging has changed. I prefer the all black packaging over the natural, unbleached paper, it is more sleek. 

Full Ingredients:
Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric , Triglyceride, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Ceramide 3, Polysorbate 60, Bees Wax, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl, Acrylate Crosspolymer, Morus Alba Root Extract, Triethanolamine , Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Guaiazulene, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, SH-Oligopeptide-1, SH-Oligopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

Ok, let's get nerdy! Some great ingredients include hyaluronate, centella asiatica (love love this ingredient), shea butter, argan and jojoba oils, chamomile (soothing), ceramide, vitamin E, mulberry (skin conditioning). This also contains broccoli extract which protects the skin and nourish because of of the high level of omega oils. Lavender and eucalyptus oils have anti-bactieral properties and are both healing oils. This does include some fantastic peptides which helps the skin regenerate and soybean ferment which replenishes the skin. 

A word on centella asiatica: Centella extract is a well known herb used to help treat skin damage. This herb helps to improve the circulatory system, which speeds up skin regeneration aka healing abilities. Centella is used to treat scars and preventing or reducing stretch marks. This extract is known to promote collagen productions and helps to strength skin and increase the skin's elasticity. Centella is an anti-inflammatory so it helps sooth and calm. 

Now, the famous ingredient Guaiazulene: As shown highlighter above, the concentration of this particular star ingredient is rather low. Guaiazulene is a plant-based component extracted from chamomile oil, which gives the cream a natural blue color. This ingredient is powerful at calming, repairing and healing damaged skin. Another huge point of difference, guaiazulene helps decrease the skin temperature....when skin is red or irritated, especially on those with rosacea or acne, the skin actually feels warm. This ingredient helps to bring the skin temperature done, instantly cooling the skin. Although an impressive ingredient, I wish the concentration was a bit higher as the cream would be more effective. 



Formula, Texture and Scent:
This is a gel like cream that helps to soothe and calm my easily irritated and often sensitive skin. As noted early, this cream is very small, just a hair over one fluid ounce. However, this is a highly concentrated formula that is designed to be used as a spot treatment to target specific areas of concern. Once applied, this cream provides a protective layer, making this especially good for red or inflamed skin. I have seen this used on sunburns and post shaving. They even state that this cream can be used after extractions or a laser IPL procedure. I can verify that this is indeed great at soothing post extracts. As far as using post procedure, due to the incorporation of some citrus extracts (although they are in a low concentration), I would hesitate to recommend using after microdermabrasion or IPL. 

Since my skin has recovered from my hormonal acne episode seen here, I haven't needed a product for healing. I will say that I do love using this after extractions on myself and my 16 year old son. I also like to use this on my skin the day after using a retinoid. I find that my skin doesn't get as red, dehydrated or flaky. I also find that it helps decrease any flakiness, redness or irritation when used in conjunction with other actives such as AHA/BHA or Vitamin C. 




Overall:
My thoughts have not changed much from my review over a year ago! This cream is still fantastic at soothing and calming. I began using this to help heal, calm and soothe my blemishes and super sensitive skin. Although my concerns have changed, I have found other usages for this in my skin care routine.


Final Thoughts:
If this product wasn't so damn expensive, I would repurchase because it works well on my skin, especially in conjunction with using my retinoids and other actives. I would recommend this for all skin types but especially for sensitive skin and those suffering with breakouts. I feel this can also be great on those with oilier skin types too.

Where to Purchase:
$24.50 at Amazon
$24.50 at Wishtrend 



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