1.7 oz (50 ml)
The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream minimizes blemishes and normalizes oil production while moisturizing dry, flaky patches. This lightweight cream also contains honey, cedarwood and lavender and is ideal for those with oily or acne-prone skin.
Apply a small amount after cleansing and toning.
TIA Review by Lauren:
With manuka, propolis, and honey being some of the buzziest topics in skincare right now, I was anxious to try The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream or oily to combination skin.
Being in my late 20s, I have true combination skin which includes occasional blemishes, flakiness around my nose and cheeks, and oiliness in my t-zone that increases as the day progresses. The Manuka Face Cream claims to balance oil production, reduce flakiness, and have antiseptic and anti-blemish properties, so I was ready to dive right in.
The first thing I like about this product is the packaging: a heavy glass jar with a shiny silver top. There's something about applying a skincare product from a smart-looking container that always makes the process seem a bit more glamorous, like a 1940s starlet getting ready in her boudoir.
The cream itself is very light and absorbs smoothly into the skin. I did notice a bit of an antiseptic or medicinal smell to it, but this faded shortly after application.
Manuka, the star ingredient, is a flowering plant native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. It has similar properties to the tea tree, but is reportedly a stronger antibacterial agent to fight blemishes. Cedarwood essential oil is another ingredient that has a balancing effect on the skin's sebaceous glands to control oil. To combat combination skin flakiness, this cream uses honey and propolis cera, a sticky resin collected by bees that is both a cell regenerator and a collagen booster.
The first time I used this product, someone I see on a fairly regular basis commented that my skin looked fresh and bright; a good start to the day! Within about a week of use, I found my skin to be less oily around my forehead, and quite soft overall. As the weeks continued, my skin began to feel tight and dry in my cheeks and very flakey around my nose, though still less oily. I also noticed a reduction in my occasional blemishes.
Overall, I like The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Facial Cream. The ingredients are good, as are its oil reduction capabilities. However, I feel like it would be a better summer moisturizer for combination skin as it may be a bit too drying when the weather grows cold. But at the end of the day, it’s a great product for oily skin types, so I will purchase it again.
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