SKINRx Lab MadeCera Cream Review
Although we’re still rolling in summer heat, fall is right around the corner and cooler, drier weather is coming! My skin goes through bouts of sensitivity and irritation so I’m always keeping an eye out for a good moisturizer that can repair and revive it. Something like the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, know what I mean? Earlier in the year, I was having one of those episodes and needed a new moisturizer so SKINRx’s MadeCera Cream seemed to fit the bill.
What It Is
The MadeCera Cream is a moisturizer that claims to improve skin barrier, soothe irritation, brighten, provide long lasting hydration, and fight aging. It is paraben free and made without surfactants or mineral oil.
This cream is packaged in a 50ml tube and sells for $36. FYI this tube is one of those aluminum types, which is a little annoying to use when it’s almost empty.
Water(Aqua), Glycerine, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Behenic Acid, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Ceramide NP, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycereth-20, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Lanolin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Madecassoside, Fragrance
OK, as much as this cream boasts having such amazing good-for-your-skin ingredients like Asiaticoside and Madecassoside, they’re at the end of the list (which means there's less of it)! The one good ingredient that’s up there is Niacinamide- thank god. Niacinamide helps with the appearance of large pores, improves skin tone, fine lines, and strengthens skin barrier. Ceramide NP is kind of low on the list as well, which is a bummer because that is a good ingredient that helps the skin retain water and calm sensitivity.
Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassoside, and Madecassic Acid are derived from Centella Asiatica so they all serve to fight wrinkles and soothe the skin, but they’re literally at the end of the ingredient list. Boo.
No harmful ingredients found.
I’ve found creams fall into three categories- the kind that feels kind of waxy and just sits on the top of your skin, the super light formula that absorbs so quickly and leaves your skin wanting more, and the one that sinks in and feels super hydrating. The MadeCera cream falls into the last category. It has a nice creamy, lightweight texture that absorbs easily into the skin. Unfortunately, the MadeCera cream has added fragrance and smells kind of like Yube cream. It’s a slightly sweet, spicy, medicinal smell. It’s not bad, but when you’re looking to calm irritated skin, you usually don’t want any fragrance. Like I said in my intro, I tried this when my skin was hurting and it was just ok. The hydration part was soothing, but it didn’t really provide any other relief so I prefer the Klairs Midnight Calming Cream in this case. There was also no noticeable change in skin tone or wrinkles.
On the other hand, if you’re just looking for long lasting moisture then this cream is a good option. I felt hydrated all day until it was time to wash my face again. The finish is slightly sticky, but you can always blot it away after letting it sink in for a few minutes. This is great for cold, dry weather, but might be too heavy for hot summer days.
Kevin’s favorite day cream used to be the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream, but this one won him over immediately. Compared to MadeCera, Klairs didn’t feel like it sank into his skin and was not as rich. Our gold standard is still the Sulwhasoo Hydro-Aid Cream as it’s smoother and more comfortable.
As a cream that’s supposed to soothe irritated skin and improve skin barrier, the formula could be improved. As a cream that claims to provide long lasting hydration, it is great! I would only recommend this to those who are normal to dry skinned, not sensitive, and need lots of moisture.
★★★ out of 5
Pros: long lasting hydration, rich
Cons: not good for irritated skin