IS THIS THE MOST AMAZING BEAUTY COLLABORATION? NEOGEN VITA DUO CREAM AKA JOAN DAY & NIGHT VITA CREAM
by Bambi (Kherblog)
Brand collaborations are usually all about makeup but Neogen surprised us this year with a skincare collaboration. Neogen Vita Duo Cream aka Joan Day & Night Vita Cream developed by Neogenlab got sold out quickly - and that's easy to understand because Joan Kim has lots of followers all around the world. Why Neogen Vita Duo Cream is worth a try?
Neogen x Joan Kim collaboration
I'm aware that not everyone knows who Joan is. Joan Kim is a Korean American youtuber and vlogger, I started to follow her vlogging channel about 2 years ago and quickly watching her vlogs started to be my daily routine just like skincare. Is there anything better than mixing lifestyle and beauty? No! It's the best composition ever, I barely mention this because lately, I've been focusing on skincare/beauty (due to my studies) but healthy skin is not only all about layering the products but mixing skincare, lifestyle, diet and other components to balance your life. The collaboration is a huge surprise but an even bigger surprise was the idea that Joan had - putting 2 different products in 1 might sound like a bad or good idea because every skin is different and while one formula can work, the 2nd formula might not go well with your skin.
P.S. Jokes on me but somehow I can't find any photo on my drive of full product and packaging so I'm bit sorry but you can see how amazing the texture is!
Two in one?
Putting two products in one jar is clever - it takes less space in your skincare closet but there's one thing that irritates me in this packaging - the lid! Oh God, trying to fit the lid is the worst thing ever so my suggestion if this packaging is going to be upgraded (at least I hope it'll be) - two separate lids for two formulas is a better idea but at least the whole lid problem taught me one thing - mixing both formulas together.
Green tea or lavender?
Two different formulas, two different textures and two different scents. The day cream is thicker, more creamy and it has a light green colour. It has a powder scent - very subtle, I think that comparing the scent to the baby product is on point. I guess it's a scent of green tea. The second formula is more like a gel and it smells like lavender, even the shade of the cream reminds of the lavender.
Neogen Vita Duo Cream - Ingredients
There's one thing I don't like about this cream besides the lid - two different formulas that share some ingredients but I'll later tell you about one trick with the formulas.
Water,Hydrogenated Olive Oil Lauryl Esters, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Gardenia Florida Flower Extract,Allantoin, Glucose, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Chrysanthemum Sibiricum Extract, Trehalose, Maltodextrin,Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA
The day cream is called Joan Day, just like in Joan's vlogs. The main moisturizer in this formula is Glycerin, I don't know why people sometimes try to avoid Glycerin, in fact, it's a useful moisturizer which we shouldn't avoid but this ingredient is not our main star. The main focus in Joan Day formula is on Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and >Ascorbic Acid. Green Tea Leaf Extract is an antioxidant while Ascorbic Acid is nothing else than Vitamin C - a good brightening ingredient. Even if this cream won't help you with pigmentation, it should brighten your skin. Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate and Panthenol is a good mix of moisturizers and soothing ingredients. I'm aware that there are some ingredients that people avoid - PEG-100Stearate, Palmitic Acid and Stearic Acid, personally I'm not a fan of Palmitic Acid and Stearic Acid because I had problems previously with this duo because they can be comedogenic but every skin is different just like every formula is different and somehow in this formula my skin didn't react to the cream.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyanocobalamin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin
Night cream has some ingredients in common with Day cream but it's a totally different formula. The most surprising ingredient for me is Cyanocobalamin - at first, I thought it's a pigment because of the name but nope, it's a form of Vitamin B12, used in skin care due to its anti-inflammatory effects. The main stars where is Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oiland Tocopheryl Acetate (aka Vitamin E). Vitamin E is a preservative and moisturizer while Lavender Oil is an antibacterial oil with the scent that can be really relaxing - that's a clever move since lavender can help you if you have small problems with sleep but it's also a risky move - lot's of people are allergic to this oil. Even if Night cream seems to be a bit more boring or different than other moisturizers by the formulation, somehow I like it more than a day cream.
Is mixing two formulas together work?
The ingredients that you can find in both creams are:
Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gardenia Florida Flower Extract, Maltodextrin and Disodium EDTA.
Mixing both formulas don't really work - at least for me it wasn't a good idea, I would recommend to you sticking to one cream in each routine.
How does Neogen Vita Duo Cream work?
I guess this is a first Neogen's moisturizer in cream and so far I like it. Each formula is different and I have to talk about it like about two different creams. Night Cream is my favourite - it's like with having two kids, there'll be always a kid which you like more and Night Cream is definitely a one which I like more - it has this lovely pastel purple scent and lavender scent, I also cannot ignore the fact that the cream is more lightweight and it seems ideal for the summer. During the winter the formula is a bit too lightweight for winters I'm used to - full of low temperatures and snow, even if in my area I got 2 days of snow max and it's not as cold as I remember the weather in my childhood. The day cream is more moisturizing and it has pastel green colour but on the skin, it doesn't work as colour correcting treatment and it's totally fine since it's not sold as colour correcting treatment but usually a green shade of cream is related to cover the redness of the skin. The cream is thicker but as moisturizing as a night cream. The scent is more like a powder or some delicate perfumes. I didn't see Fragrance in both formulas and that's a good thing as well. The green cream might need some time before you put sunscreen on and there are some sunscreens which don't like this formula but the sunscreen I tested on this cream didn't like a majority of my moisturizer so I do not consider this anymore as a bad thing. I can't say that this duo as one product is the best moisturizer I've tried because it doesn't make dramatical changes in my skin - in a positive way. But I also cannot deny it's a good moisturizer, I guess that I'll have to wait for summer because it seems like it'll work better on my skin during warmer parts of the year.
The cream costs $32 and it's available atSokoglam
but also many other K-beauty shops. Together this cream has 100g - 50g of Day formula and 50g of Night formula. I've been using this cream for more than 30 days and I guess this cream is enough for 4-6 months of using the cream even if you can use it for 12 months after opening.
Overall, it's not a bad cream and I'm sure that if you're a fan of Joan you have to try it. What do you think about Neogen Vita Duo Cream?