My husband gifted me this Martina Gebhardt Propolis Cream last Christmas. It’s a bit too rich for daily use on my combination skin. I use it when my skin is feeling in need of extra moisturisation, for instance after a clay mask. I also use it in winter when my skin gets drier. It’s so rich that I use it as a general moisturising cream for my hands, feet, and elbows.
I also really like to dab a bit of this cream on a spot once it is healing. I’m convinced it improves the look of marks on my face.
The ingredient propolis is what prompted my husband buy it. We’d used propolis supplements to help with egg quality when trying to conceive Jonah. Could it have good effects applied topically, too?
After unwrapping it, I immediately checked all the ingredients. Being pregnant, I didn’t want any nasties in my skin cream. This cream doesn’t disappoint – the ingredients are ideal for those looking to avoid dangerous ingredients; and there are some unusual ingredients in there like silver and gold.
I hadn’t heard of German brand Martina Gebhardt until my husband bought me this cream. Here’s some information about Martina’s philosophy:
Less is more is taken seriously in the way I manufacture my cosmetic products. My products contain only those ingredients that are necessary and that complement each other to create that special, magical essence that exceeds the sum of its individual components.
The cream claims to reduce inflammation, help with healing, and improve skin tone. Use it on the entire family! It comes in a heavy glass jar. You’ll need clean fingers to scoop some out.
It’s thick, rich, and smells strongly of honey and lemon. The feel is comfortingly reminiscent of the Pond’s cold cream that my Grandma used.
After use, my skin looks shiny. Mineral foundation users – it’ll make a good primer for your makeup and the shine will be absorbed.
Martina Gebhardt Propolis Cream ingredients
Aqua (Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Corylus Americana (Hazel) Nut Oil, Lanolin, Cera Flava, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Oil, Propolis Cera Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Tocopherol, Spagyrische Essence of Propolis Cera, Gold, Silver, Sulfur, Aroma, Citral, Geraniol.
Propolis is a powerful skincare ingredient, since it speeds healing, is full of antioxidants, and may help with bacterial and fungal skin problems.
See this article on the benefits of propolis in skincare.
Carrot seed oil
Because it’s high in antioxidants, carrot seed oil is protective to skin. It is believed to have anti-aging and beautifying properties that can help bring a new lease of life to skin.
It’s also antibacterial, healing, and moisturising. Read more about the skincare benefits of carrot seed oil.
A beautiful ingredient that can help the appearance of wrinkles. It’s great for mature skin, as it can help tighten and firm its look.
Horsetail contains antioxidants that help ageing skin and protect it from the environment.
This gorgeous berry, like all berries, in rich in antioxidants. It’s unusual because it’s considered the best source of rare omega-7 essential fatty acid – helping to firm the skin.
Sea buckthorn is a great source of vitamin C, with its beautifying capabilities.
Gold and silver
I was surprised to learn that metals have been used in skin care for centuries. Silver and gold may reduce inflammation and transport other ingredients through the skin.
Skin beneficial base oils
Sweet almond, olive, and hazelnut oils; lanolin, white beeswax, and shea and cocoa butters create a thick and rich base for this cream.
Final thoughts on Martina Gebhardt Propolis Cream
This is a gorgeously rich and pampering cream, and I really enjoy using it. It would work really well as a daily moisturiser for dry skin. If your normal, oily or combination skin needs a treat, it would also work well. I love the unusual ingredients it contains, and that it seems to help my skin heal from blemishes.
My current favourite daily moisturiser for my combination skin is Green People Day Solution, as it moisturises really well while controlling my hormonal breakouts.
Martina Gebhardt Propolis Cream
What do you think to this moisturiser? What are your favourite winter face creams? Let me know in the comments!