Product Review: Oxy Seaweed Power Deep Calm Balm

Name: Seaweed Power Deep Calm Balm
Brand: Oxy
Size: 50ml
Price: £5.99

From Oxy’s website:
OXY Deep Calm Balm is an oil-free moisturiser. It harnesses the power of natural seaweed to keep skin soft and hydrated, whilst helping to prevent oily skin, spots and blackheads

What I liked:
– lightweight texture, absorbs quickly
– moisturizing, makes skin soft and smooth
– keeps the oil at bay for a few hours
– helps prevents breakouts
– creates a good base for foundation
– sleek and hygienic packaging

What I didn’t like:
– not moisturizing enough for those with dry skin

Last week, I introduced you to the Oxy Seaweed Power skincare range, which uses the power of natural seaweed to prevent oily skin, spots and blackheads. Today, I’ll talk about my favourite product in the range, the Deep Calm Balm. Just like the other products in the line, this moisturizer also comes in a white tube with an image of an algae on it. I really like the packaging, it is sleek and hygienic. The moisturizer itself is white in color and has a subtle, refreshing scent that disappears very quickly.

The texture is quite lightweight and absorbs really quickly into the skin. It makes skin very soft and smooth, and creates a perfect base for makeup, thanks to the blend of silicones it contains. But don’t worry about them breaking you out, they won’t. Not only this cream didn’t make my skin break out, but I haven’t even been getting the odd pimple since I’ve started using this range! In addition, it keeps my skin moisturized all day, and keeps the oil at bay but this only for a few hours. I don’t think it would be moisturizing enough for those with dry skin though, but then this range, although Oxy claims it is suitable for all skin types, was designed for those with oily and acne-prone, not dry skin.

The moisturizer contains Zea Mays Starch, which has absorbent properties and can soak up excess oil, and Lactic Acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from milk, that exfoliates skin by dissolving the “glue” that holds the skin cells together, thus allowing them to slough off. This ensures the dead cells aren’t blocking the opening of the pores so that sebum can flow more freely, thus helping prevents breakouts. The moisturizer can also regulate sebum production and inhibit acne bacteria thanks to the combined action of Hydrolyzed Algin, a substance extracted from the membrane skin of brown seaweed, and Zinc Sulfate.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zea Mays Starch, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Isoceteth-10, Parfum, Silica, Zinc PCA, Hydrolyzed Algin, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool, Zinc Sulfate, Butylphenyl Methylproponial, Alpha- Isomethyl Ionone, Pentaerythrityl tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.

Available at: Amazon and Boots

Summary
Oxy Seaweed Power Deep Calm Balm is a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft, smooth and hydrated. It also helps keep the oil at bay for a few hours and prevent breakouts. The packaging is sleek and hygienic too.

Rating: 4/5

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Comments

  1. says

    My comment about what I was learning in chem class was a bit confusing, but I have the right words to say it now. I’m learning chemical structures like the pictures you have with your ingredient of the week. :D Btw, I smelled the Guess perfume and you are right that it’s very sugary sweet and not unique at all! I didn’t like it. I’m interested in this product! :]

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, oh I see. But knowing the chemical structures of substances can be very helpful at understanding what they do. I encounter that kind of stuff a lot in my ingredient research but rarely mention it in my posts because I’m afraid it can be too technical and boring lol. :) That’s a shame about the Guess perfume, isn’t it? And this moisturizer works so well, I’m really impressed!

      • says

        Aw, well I would be so interested in reading it but I totally see how it would bore most people and make them run away because school scars many people and makes them really dislike what should be intriguing. At least in my opinion.
        :] I’ve bookmarked this page. I do this with products I want to try out!

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Janessa, I will see if I can find a way to mention it in passing in a way that’s not too boring, but I can’t promise anything. It’s a shame that a lot of people find science boring. I think you’re right and that’s because of the way it’s taught it in schoo cos it’s actually a very fascinating subject.

  2. says

    I just started using this product today and at first glimpse it really seems to get along just fine with my skin. It smoothed and soften my skin instantly and skins very fast into the skin. I also like the semi matte finish it leaves and so far I don’t see any shine or oiliness on my skin (I have on for about 2 hours). I read all of your reviews about this line and I’m thinking (also from the product’s description) that the entire line is more suitable for people with oily or combination skin and even those with sensitive skin like mine as long as they don’t use too much product or too often.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tavia, I’m glad it works well for you too, it is a lovely moisturizer. I agree, it’s definitely a line for those with oily skin. Mine is combination, but I don’t think my oily t-zone is so oily to benefit the most from this line, if you know what I mean. It worked fine for me, but I think I’ll work better for someone whose skin is oilier.

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