Most of you know by now what a big fan I am of Antipodes skincare. Barring one or two items in the product range, I usually love everything carried by the brand, and I look forward to new releases from them.
When I came across the new Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream, I was very intrigued.
Primarily, I was intrigued at the use of probiotics in the formula. I’d been reading about probiotics in skincare for a while, but there aren’t many brands I know, that use it.
Ultimately though, I had my reservations about the Antipodes Culture Probiotic night cream, and it had nothing to do with the probiotics 🙂
Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream
The probiotic used in the Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream is Kalibiome AGE Probiotic, which helps to strengthen the skin barrier and contribute to increased skin elasticity and hydration, while simultaneously reducing roughness and redness.??Antipodes says that the Kalibiome AGE Probiotic works on the fibroblast skin cells to increase elasticity and firmness, increase collagen production, reduce roughness and calm skin.
Kalibiome AGE Probiotic is a high-performance, non-live bacteria scientifically shown to help improve the extracellular matrix, reduce roughness, and increase hydration
This, coupled with hyaluronic acid produced from the fermentation of a bacterium found in soil and roots, and native New Zealand mamaku black fern, to boost water levels and hydration in the skin, helps calm, firm and smoothen stressed, tired skin.
It all sounds wonderful, really, and I was excited to try, because I love Antipodes products so much!
Interesting lightweight water cream texture
The texture is quite interesting. In the jar, it is rather wobbly, and it feels a little slippery, so it’s not the easiest texture to scoop out of the jar. To my mind, it feels a little like yogurt, and it’s a light purple colour, so I always feel like I’m scooping yogurt on my skin 😀
The water cream texture is quite light and when it goes on skin, almost seems to dissolve into the skin. It’s easy to spread, but like a custardy jelly, it melts a little with the heat of your skin. There is no oily residue that you get with most night creams, but it also means that it isn’t terribly lush either.
Personally, as someone with dry skin, it wasn’t the most comfortable of products to use on its own at night. I did not feel that it delivered sufficient moisture to the skin, if you have dry skin. This was my reservation about this cream – that it wouldn’t hit the spot for someone with dry skin like mine.
If you have oily or combination type skin however, this might sit better with you, as it has a light texture, but enough depth, so it gives you some moisture. If I were to compare it to the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream, I prefer the latter, because the oils in the cream feels more nourishing and more comforting to my skin. Granted however, it serves a different purpose 🙂
If you enjoy the Baptise Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel for day use, then the Culture Probiotic Night Cream will be a good complementary product because it has that similar light water-based texture.
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Is the Probiotic a game changer?
Truthfully, it’s hard to tell.
After going through more than half a jar, what I can say is that I like that my skin feels lovely and smooth after use. It is almost as if there’s an invisible film on it, which isn’t unpleasant at all. It isn’t like silicone, that has that weird dry-feel on the skin. This just feels dewy and comfortable.
I can attest to it being hydrating and helping skin with hydration. It just isn’t sufficient for me, when used in the evening or night. Sometimes, I add a little facial oil under the cream, and it feels better. But on its own, layered over an Antipodes serum (like Worship or Glow), it just doesn’t feel enough. My skin still feels a little dry in the morning (I sleep with the air-conditioning on, which may affect how I feel about night creams).
I have also used the Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream in the day (being a bit of a rebel 😛 ) and it feels much better. I am comfortable with heavy textures on my skin, and as I said, having dry skin means any form of good quality hydration is key.
Do I love this Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream?
Unfortunately I do not.
Aside from the fact that it just isn’t enough for me, I’m not a fan of the rather strong rose scent. To this end, I find the Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream a little bit anomalous when compared to the rest of the Antipodes skincare range.
For the most part, Antipodes skincare feels and smells earthy and natural. Not necessarily unpleasant, but warm and comforting. I don’t remember any of them having this sweet, floral scent that I find rather jars with the rest of the skincare I’ve tried from the brand.
I will continue using the jar I own. It isn’t awful, and it is in fact, quite good stuff. But it just doesn’t quite cut the mustard for me, as a night cream, and as an Antipodes product 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream is a water-based, lightweight custard texture that melts on skin without leaving any residue. It is infused with Kalibiome AGE Probiotic to boost skin elasticity and firmness and to calm skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to boost and retain skin hydration. There is a fairly strong rose scent that isn’t awful, but is present. I like that the texture is so tactile and comfortable. However, I personally find that for someone with dry skin like me, it isn’t quite sufficient on its own, to counter dry skin. Layering it over a facial oil helps me. Or using it in the day. It’s a nice product, but perhaps more suited for someone with oily or combination type skin.
Lightweight water-based texture
Melts and sinks into skin without residue
Skin feels more hydrated and comfortable and feels smoother
Rose scent a little strong
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who like lightweight water-based cream textures and wants a night cream to target hydration and calm skin
PRICE: RM246 | £45| NZD$65 for 60ml
For those interested, this is the ingredients list for the Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream.
Aqua (water), glycerine, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, sodium acrylates copolymer & lecithin, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) oil, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, glyceryl caprylate, bisabolol, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum & lecithin & sclerotium gum & pullulan, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract, organic, Lactobacillus ferment, mannitol, maltodextrin, sodium citrate, Cyathea medullaris (mamaku) black fern extract, Phormium tenax (harakeke) flax extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower extract, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, manganese violet, Fragrance of Deep Fresh Rose: citral†, citronellol†, geraniol†, d-Limonene†, linalool†.
Have you tried the Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream?
Not one of my favourites unfortunately, but it isn’t bad. Just not suited for my skin 🙂
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