This Bouncy Cream Is Proof That Good Skincare Can Also Be Fun
Meet my new skincare crush, the Eclado Cell Memory Cream. Yes, it’s a solid moisturizer, but best of all, it’s sooo much fun. Let me explain. (Hint: The bad guy in Terminator 2 has nothing on this cream.)
When I was first starting out in K-beauty, something as seemingly insignificant as texture could get me hooked on a cream. You might remember the Mizon Starfish Returning Cream; it had a whirlwind cult following in the K-beauty world a few years ago. It had a unique, bouncy jelly-gel texture and when you scooped a bit out of the pot, it would regenerate back into a whole undisturbed surface like the bad guy in Terminator 2.
It was marketed in a way to make you think that was the miraculous “starfish extract” making that happen, but alas, no. Regardless, it was a cool trick and the actual texture of the cream was amazing. I really loved it. It was a nice, moisturizing, light cream that didn’t really do a whole lot outside of its job, but I kept going back to it again and again because of the way it felt. I wasn’t alone in this; as I said before, it had a cult following.
When Mizon suddenly discontinued it, a lot of people were understandably upset as it was a unique cream at the time. I had mostly forgotten about it, aside from remembering it somewhat wistfully every once in while when doing my nighttime routine. Then I was sent the Eclado Cell Memory Cream, and it was like being reunited with a dead lover reincarnated into someone else’s body, only better. Let me explain.
Eclado’s Cell Memory Cream has that same delightful jelly bounce as the old Starfish Cream, and when I dipped my spatula into it and checked on it a little later, I was thrilled to see it it even had the cool-ass regeneration properties in the jar.
The first and most prominent ingredients are pretty basic moisturizers, solvents, and emollients, and as you work your way down the ingredient list you’ll find interesting plant extracts, astringents, and peptides (antioxidants) as you can see here:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Kyounin Yu, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Phaseolus Radiatus Meristem Cell Culture Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Algin, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Root/Seed Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Pentapeptide-19, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Oligopeptide-29, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Decapeptide-7, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Adenosine Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum
The only real questionable ingredient is the algin for viscosity control, which rates a 4/4 for acne and irritation.
Your mileage may vary of course, but I have been using this cream with absolutely no problem for over a month now. In fact, my skin really loves this stuff. I am definitely bouncier than I was earlier this summer, and of course the texture is always a delight.
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And this is to my greater point: It’s totally OK to really be into a cream for something as seemingly silly as texture! I could have the best cream in the world, but if I never use it because the texture icks me out or the smell is off to me, what good is it doing?
If you were a fan of the Mizon Starfish Returning Cream and have fond memories of the captivating original formula, definitely give this a try. If you’re just looking for a lovely feeling light cream with amazing texture that does its job moisturizing, this also fits that bill. I would definitely repurchase this cream — I have quite the skincare crush on it!
Have you tried the Eclado Cell Memory Cream? Did you love the old Starfish cream? Let me know in the comments below!