A Rather Universal (And Affordable!) Night Cream


My skin’s been (quite literally) going through a rough patch recently. I think that, in my attempts to cancel out my oily T-zone, I might have dehydrated the rest of my face. Why, oh why does combination skin has to be such a pain in the bum? I had to battle dry, scaly patches around my nose, on my chin and on my poor ol’ cheeks. Having travelled from acne-prone, extremely oily and blackhead-prone skin to combination was a huge transition for me and I’ve acquired quite an arsenal of oil-reducing lotions and potions. Now that I’ve been battling dry, scaly skin – I felt rather lost! I had realized that I haven’t got much to fight it with as I never had the inclination to try or test skincare for dry skin. Then I’ve remembered that I have received a night cream with a nourishing butter at its base – it’s like the heavens have looked upon me at that moment! Balea Cell Energy Hautzellschutz Nachtelixier (skin protection night elixir, 50ml cost cca. 6,95€ throughout drogerie markt stores) is a beautifully formulated basic night cream with Cupuaçu butter, made with intent to stimulate natural recovery processes of the skin. Cupuacu butter is prized for its rich content of; phytosterols to benefit dry, damaged skin and polyphenols to combat free radicals in the tissues to protect and moisturize. That being said, if you look at the ingredients list you’ll find that the main one, the base is glycerin. Not something I’d call revolutionary but it’s an old-school ingredient.

Koza mi je nedavno prosla prilicno nezgodan i doslovno hrapav period. Mislim da sam pokusavajuci balansirati i isusiti T-zonu isusila i ostatak lica. Zasto, oh zasto mjesovita koza mora biti tako naporna za dovesti u red? Nisam imala izbora vec uhvatiti se u kostac sa suhom i perutavom kozom oko nosa, na bradi i na obrazima koji su ponajvise patili. Imajuci na umu da sam presla put od jako masne koze sklone ozbiljnim aknama do mjesovitog tipa koze, to je bio prilicna promjena. Tokom te tranzicije sam u kolekciji okupila snazan arsenal proizvoda koji su efektni u suzbijanju viska sebuma. Nakon svega toga, suociti se sa suhom kozom je za mene bio prilican sok. Uopste nisam posjedovala kreme niti bilo kakve preparate za tretiranje suhe koze jer naprosto ranije nisam imala motivaciju niti potrebu za njima. Potom sam se sjetila da sam dobila nocnu kremu na bazi hranljivog buttera – moja posljednja nada u tom trenutku! Balea Cell Energy Hautzellschutz Nachtelixier (zastitni nocni eliksir za kozu, 50ml kosta cca 12KM u dm-u) je krasno formulisana jednostavna nocna krema na bazi Cupuaçu buttera koja je namijenjena da stimulise prirodni proces obnove koze. Cupuacu butter je cijenjen zbog visokog udjela fitosterola cija primjena koristi suhoj, ostecenoj kozi dok polifenoli kozu stite boreci se protiv slobodnih radikala i hidratiziraju je. Ipak, imajuci to na umu, ako pogledamo listu sastojaka primjetiti cemo da je istinska baza ove kreme u biti glicerin. Nekome ce ova informacija biti krucijalna no glicerin je klasican sastojak u njezi sa kojim licno nemam problema.

Packaging is solid – the cream is sold in a cardboard packaging on which all important information is printed. In addition, a leaflet with short descriptions of the other products in the series is included in the box. The cream comes in a dark blue, plastic jar – simple, easy on the eyes and convenient. Balea Cell Energy night elixir cream is of white coloring, its consistency I anticipated to be rather thick but it’s actually normal (right down the middle, some might even find it light). It has a very faint smell, not distinctive at all. I find that this cream sinks in very quickly leaving skin smooth, nourished and supple. It’s not heavy, it doesn’t leave a film, it isn’t tacky or oily but it does provide certain substance (e.g.it’s not runny). My complexion does look far better in the morning, rather balanced, supple and my dry, scaly patches are gone after using this cream every night for a week!. For added boost of nourishment I’ve added a drop or two of my latest face oil in this Balea cream and this combo has done wonders (will review quite soon). The cream geared towards women in their thirties (I’m 27 so not far off) but I personally don’t believe in such age defining features of any skincare product. Would I call this night cream an anti-ageing product? I honestly wouldn’t because it doesn’t contain ingredients which actually help minimize results of ageing but I have no serious ageing symptoms to report so take this in consideration. This cream is a very solid night cream for which I believe would serve most skincare types well. It didn’t clog my pores nor has it induced any blemishes. It isn’t irritating and for such small amount of money it costs, it’s really hard to beat. If you have really dry skin, my tip would be to mix some of your face face oil with it as it works well with oils.

Pakovanje je solidno – krema dolazi upakovana u kutiju na kojoj se nalaze osnovne informacije o proizvodu dok se unutar kutije nalazi i letak u kojem cete pronaci informacije i o ostalim proizvodima iz Balea ponude. Pakovanje same kreme je napravljeno od plastike i tamno plave je boje – jednostavno je i funkcionalno. Balea Cell Energy nocna krema/eliksir je bijele boje. Iako sam ocekivala da formulacija bude nesto gusca zbog prisustva buttera, iznenadjujuce je normalne gustoce (osobama suhe koze bi mogla djelovati i lagano). Jako je neprimjetnog mirisa koji mene licno ne asocira ni na sta konkretno (dosta je neutralan). Upija se jako brzo i jednakom brzinom omeksava kozu, ostavljajuci je podatnom i nahranjenom. Dopada mi se sto ne ostavlja sloj na kozi, nije ljepljiva niti ‘masna’ iako nije ni bezlicna (tj. nije vodenasta). Nakon koristenja ove nocne kreme, ten je ujutro zaista lijep i mekan dok su suhi dijelovi lica u potpunosti nestali nakon sto sam ovu kremu koristila sedam noci uzastopno! Mislim da je ono sto je najvise pomoglo kombinacija ove kreme i par kapi ulja za lice koje testiram (uskoro ocekujte recenziju). Navodno je ova krema namijenjena zenama od tridesete godine pa na dalje no mozda se sjecate da sam i ranije spominjala kako licno ne vjerujem u ove podjele preparative po dobi. Da li bih ovu kremu/eliksir svrstala u anti-ageing grupu? Iskreno, ne bih posto ne sadrzi sastojke koji su u tu svrhu doista efektni no imajte na umu da na kozi nemam izrazajnije tragove starenja. Kremu bih opisala kao jako solidnu jedostavnu nocnu kremu za koju vjerujem da bi mnogim tipovima koze odgovarala jer ne zalazi u ekstreme. Nije mi zacepila pore, nije izazvala bubuljice niti iritacije koze. Za lijep odnos cijene, kolicine i kvalitete mislim da vrijedi isprobavanja. Ukoliko je vasa koza jako suha preporucila bih kombiniranje ove kreme sa uljem za lice po vasoj zelji jer jako lijepo djeluje u kombinaciji sa uljima.

*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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