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Welcome back, lover of fine skincare! Today in the spotlight is the brand new Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream, which I was so kindly gifted by Antipodes and came in a beautiful Antipodes Culture Gift Set!
I’m a long term lover of Antipodes so it’s always exciting when they launch a new product. And I was super excited to try this hydrating night cream with good bacteria and hyaluronic acid that promises calmer, more hydrated, and healthier-looking skin by morning.
Just look at this gorgeous Culture Gift Set, which also contains two of my long term Antipodes loves – the Halo Brightening Mask and Divine Face Oil.
Together, the products in the kit aim to bring us healthier looking skin with the help of native New Zealand ingredients. What a trio for brighter, hydrated, and happier skin!
Of course, the focus of this review will be the new Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream. But we’ll take a quick glimpse at all the products in the Culture Gift Set – it’s so exciting.
Do you want to learn more about them all now? Let’s do it!
Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream
I was so excited to hear about this new night cream from Antipodes! And when I tried it for the first time, it was a joyful experience. I was enveloped in its beautiful pink colour, rosy smell, and juicy pillowy texture.
Antipodes state that the cream is suited to all skin types, especially tired, sensitive or stressed skin. My skin is normal to dry, and usually feels a bit dry come morning, so I was excited to see how this cream fares, especially when compared with Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream.
Let’s have a look at some of the product claims and ingredients
The main thrust of this night cream is its probiotic cultures – namely Kalibiome AGE Probiotic. This is a natural bacteria, made from human skin cells (wait, whaaat, this product is supposed to be vegan!), that Antipodes claim “helps to seal the skin’s epidermal layers, so reducing water loss and protecting against irritants such as pollution.”
Antipodes claim, and this is backed up by studies, that Culture Night Cream helps to strengthen the skin barrier and increase skin’s elasticity and hydration. It also aims to reduce roughness and redness of the skin, typically a problem in colder months.
I love that the cream contains hyaluronic acid and native New Zealand mamaku black fern to boost hydration levels.
The only item on the ingredient list I don’t like is acrylates copolymer. This is a microplastic that contributes to pollution, and would definitely stop me making a purchase of this cream in the future. I do get that it makes the cream stable, increases its tactile qualities, etc, but it’s not worth the harm. I’ve mentioned this about Antipodes products before, it surprises me they include it.
I’m also not sure why a night cream would need mica and titanium dioxide, I’m guessing to make the cream look nicer in the jar? Necessary for a night cream? Probably not.
My experience using Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Cream
I love that the cream comes in a glass jar with eco-friendly cardboard packaging. Using a spatula to lift the rosy pink cream from the jar, it feels like a cream-jelly hybrid, smoothing over my skin like a dream and sinking in nicely to leave a silky feel.
The rosy fragrance, although beautiful to me, could be a little strong for some. I’m a little worried that those with very sensitive skin may react given level of fragrance.
It feels like it leaves a film on my skin because in the morning I can feel it loosening and rinsing away, almost like a thin mask.
As for the results – my skin feels instantly plumped and well hydrated. I’m pleased to report that while using Culture Night Cream I’ve given up using hyaluronic acid serum in my PM routine. Culture is this good at hydrating my skin!
Does my skin still feel dry come morning? A little bit. I think this cream hydrates just as well as Avocado Pear Night Cream. But I’m more comfortable with the ingredients in Avocado Night Cream.
I’ve only been using the cream for two weeks, so it’s still too early to notice any long term results. I’d like to give the cream 6 weeks to notice the full effects.
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Overall verdict: a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and pleasurable to use cream that really delivers on its promises to hydrate skin. The downsides? Contains microplastics.
Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream
Also in the Culture Gift Set
Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask
This gorgeous mask features in my best organic face masks feature. It’s a gorgeous and sweetly scented mud mask that promises to purify and brighten the skin to gently reveal its natural radiance. It’s suited to all skin types but especially blemish prone skin.
The vegan mask promises to help improve the skin’s appearance with kaolin and native Rotorua mineral mud from New Zealand. It also contains antioxidant-rich Vinanza® grape and kiwi. Then there’s prized peony to help bring about a luminous skin tone.
I love the metal squeezable tube for both its ease of use and its recyclability. This mask looks and feels like a good mask should – thick, rich and spreadable. The fragrance, although not necessary, really adds to the experience. It smells both fruity and creamy – think raspberry, vanilla, and musk.
To use, I apply a thinnish layer of this mask – I don’t see the point in slathering it on – then leave it for 15 minutes. I use a floral mist to keep the mask damp if it gets uncomfortable.
The mask rinses away with warm water to leave my skin soft, fresh and comfortable. I really love how bright my skin looks after using this mask.
Overall verdict: a beautifully fragranced mud mask with gorgeous botanicals and clean ingredients that’s good to use in spring time to reveal a more luminous complexion. And I’d say it’s one of the nicest masks I’ve tried!
By the way, this is one of my favourite mud masks and I include it in my recommendations for spring skincare for Titanic Spa. Go take a look!
Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask
Divine Avocado and Rosehip Face Oil
This sumptuous face oil is easily one of my favourite face oils. I’ve emptied an entire bottle of it in the past, and I think it’s the perfect oil for dry, combination, tired, and stressed skin. It’s Antipodes’ best selling facial oil for good reason!
Because of the large proportion of plant ingredients in facial oils, I do think it’s helpful when they’re certified organic, and this oil is just that. It’s certified organic by BioGrow New Zealand.
And check out this product claim, it’s so exciting! Divine “has been scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human skin cells by up to 51%.” A claim backed up by Trinity Bioactives in 2009.
Divine Facial Oil features avocado oil pressed from fruits grown in New Zealand orchards. It’s blended with regenerative rosehip and macadamia oils to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin.
I dispense 3 or 4 drops of this luscious oil in my palms and take in the sweet fragrance of orange, ylang ylang, and jasmine. It really is a unique and uplifting fragrance, and as with most Antipodes products, a delight for the senses.
Pressing into my skin, the oil feels rich and pillowy, but it actually absorbs really quickly to leave my complexion soft and plump.
Using this oil each night is a real treat for my skin and stops any dryness or flakiness from appearing. It’s rich enough to make a difference but never overloads my skin.
Overall verdict: a fragrant and decadent face oil to bring moisture and nutrients to normal to dry skin. A facial oil with great anti-ageing promise!
Antipodes Divine Avocado and Rosehip Face Oil
Final thoughts on Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream
Antipodes Culture Night Cream is a beautiful addition to the Antipodes skincare range. And I’m really enjoying this gorgeous trio from Antipodes! I know you’ll love them too.
So why not visit antipodesnature.com to see the full range of Antipodes skincare and beauty?
Until next time!