Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream Review
Let this organic green tea night cream does the heavy lifting while you sleep.
- Contains organic green tea extracts rich in antioxidant properties
- Contains shea butter and cocoa butter for moisturizing benefits
- Absorbs quickly and does not feel greasy
- Best cream for normal, sensitive, or combination skin
- Fragrance (which quickly fades)
- Bulky packaging (there is not as much product as one would expect given the container size)
- If you have acne-prone skin, the cocoa butter may be an acne trigger.
Benefits of using a night cream
- Your skin naturally becomes dehydrated while you sleep (since you’re not drinking any water, obviously), so using a night cream helps provide additional moisture through the night. Instead of a dried-out, tired face in the morning, you would wake up with plump, dewy skin.
- Night creams are usually richer than daily moisturizers because they are packed with special ingredients to target a specific skin issue (such as hyper pigmentation, aging, acne, .etc.)
- Protip: look for night creams that contain shea butter, cocoa butter, or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients lock in moisture and attract moisture to the surface of the skin. When used in conjunction with a serum, a night cream containing the mentioned ingredients can work as a moisture shield, thereby boosting the serum’s potency.
Having used and reviewed Innisfree products before, the editorial team at Skin Inspo has a soft spot for this brand because of the natural-ingredients approach in their skincare formulation. All their products are free of parabens, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, synthetic colorants, and imidazolidinyl urea. In addition, their ingredients are sourced locally (to South Korea, of course) and organically. For example, the green tea that Innisfree uses for this cream comes from their own USDA-certified organic tea fields on Jeju Island.
While we are on the subject of ingredients, let’s look at the main ingredients in the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream and what it can do for your skin.
- Green tea contains an abundance of a specific polyphenol called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. EGCG targets free radicals and works to restore UV damage to the cell.
- Shea butter is known for its extremely moisturizing benefits as well as anti-inflammatory properties
- Cocoa butter, like shea butter, also works as a fantastic moisturizer. It also contains natural antioxidants (fun fact: cocoa butter has a shelf life of up to 2 years, since its antioxidants prevent it from going rancid). Note: cocoa butter may be an acne trigger for some people. Your mileage may vary.
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), C14-22 Alcohols, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Betaine, Behenyl Alcohol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Fragrance, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Myristic Acid, Ppg-5-Laureth-5, Lauric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid
**Note**: Acne-prone skin types may want to skip out on this cream, since it contains cocoa butter which may be comedogenic and cause breakouts. For a green tea cream alternative, check out TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream. A quick search on CosDNA shows that it has zero acne triggers or irritants, making it a great pick for sensitive skin type as well.
How it feels
At first glance, this cream appears to be heavy, but it actually has a consistency similar to whipped cream when you apply it to your skin. The cream absorbs readily with a slightly cooling sensation that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and not at all greasy. There is a pleasant green tea fragrance that quickly dissipates (if you are sensitive to fragrance, or you don’t like fragrances at all, this might be something to consider).
How to use
Wash your face with your regular cleanser and water. Apply face toner, then massage a dab of cream over your face and neck area.
Why we recommend it
The Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream is an excellent night cream for normal and oily skin types. If you have very dry skin, using this cream alone may not provide the appropriate moisturizing level that you need, so you may need to apply a serum or face oil (such as argan oil or rosehip seed oil, for example) beforehand. Since the cream is infused with high amounts of antioxidants from the organic green tea extract, it also heals the UV damage your skin incurred during the day on a cellular level. You’ll wake up with refreshed, hydrated, dewy skin that’s healthier in the long run!