Oh my goodness, yet another fabulous product from Bionova! If you haven’t been keeping up with this blog, go back and read Bionova: The Next Generation in Skincare, then come back here. Sorry to make you back track, but Bionova is so much different from any other skincare brand on the market, that this info is important!
I have never tried a Bionova product I didn’t like. They are all very high quality, and most importantly, they work. (See my before and after photos here.) One of my favorite things about Bionova is that they treat skin like the organ it is, and seek to maintain health. Healthy skin is beautiful skin!
One of the hottest things in skincare right now is exfoliation. With exfoliating products being all the rage, it’s easy to fall into the trap of overdoing it. I know, because I’ve been there! I used to think the more, the better, until I kept breaking out constantly. I couldn’t figure out why I was breaking out since I was doing such a great job exfoliating all the time!
Unfortunately, over-exfoliating can cause irritation and inflammation, which can lead to skin damage and premature aging. Once I stopped with the harsh exfoliation, my skin improved drastically. Ideally, the skin should exfoliate itself. Therefore, Bionova does not belief in any harsh actions or treatments to do this.
So, what can we do if we want the glowing results of exfoliation without the irritation? Bionova’s Oil-Free Massage Cream is a scrub alternative that helps skin look more radiant and smooth, reduces the appearance of sagginess, helps relieve muscle tension, minimizes stress, energizes skin, and promotes skin elasticity and firmness (Bionova, n.d.).
As always, Bionova’s customer service was absolutely fantastic, and the Oil-Free Massage Cream was packaged with great care, so it arrived in perfect condition. The cream is housed in a high-quality thick glass jar. I know, I know, you all know I usually don’t like jar packaging. This cream, though, is very thick, so I don’t think any other type of packaging would work. It’s not a product that relies on antioxidants, so degrading of ingredients isn’t an issue. Also, it’s not left on the skin, it’s rinsed off. Just make sure to use a spatula to get the product out to prevent contaminating it with your fingers, and you’re good to go!
As with other Bionova products, the Oil-Free Massage Cream consists of a base to which hypernatural ingredients are added- this means the ingredients mimic what is naturally found in the human body. Lipids, such as cholesterol, nourish the skin and provide moisture. Ingredients such as galacturonic acid serve as skin-conditioning agents (Anonymous, 2016). Sugars are also a great ingredient. For example, fructose is not only a natural moisturizer, but it energizes and enriches damaged skin cells (Skin Store, 2016).
Bionova Oil-Free Massage Cream can be used on other body parts in addition to the face and neck. After cleansing, just massage the cream onto the skin for a few minutes, and leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. The cream has the same natural scent as their other products, which I can only describe as being similar to the fresh, clean smell of the air right before or after it rains. Very pleasant!
While the cream is very thick and dense, it’s not at all greasy. I cleansed with Bionova Bioactive Cleanser for Oily Skin, then applied the Oil-Free Massage Cream all over my face. I massaged it around for several minutes, then let it sit for about 15 minutes. When I rinsed it off, my skin was SO soft and smooth- and it glowed! I swear, my sinuses even felt better from the massaging!
After rinsing the cream off, I followed up with Bionova Cream Activator and the N1-Custom Anti-Aging cream made just for me, and I looked and felt like I had just left a spa. Bright, glowing, healthy skin with no irritation? Yes, please!!!
Anonymous (2016). Allantoin Galacturonic Acid. CosmeticsInfo.org. Retrieved March 12, 2016, from www.cosmeticsinfo.org.
Bionova (n.d.). Information sheet. Bionova Bio 1 Act Oil-Free Massage Cream Scrub Alternative. Bionova Lab.
Skin Store (2016). Fructose. Key Ingredient Center. Retrieved March 12, 2016, from www.skinstore.com.