This K-Beauty Moisturizer Made My Skin Glow After a 13-Hour Flight

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Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme


A thick, gel-like cream that cools down skin on contact and locks in moisture for the long haul.

Any flight that takes more than three hours makes my skin turn into an astronaut ice cream sandwich. (You know, so dry it's as if it will crumble to the touch.) Needless to say, when I was on a plane back from Tokyo recently, I could feel every drop of moisture leaving my skin as the recycled air circulated around me in my middle seat. By the time I landed in New York City 13 hours later, my skin was flaky and parched. My first line of defense for rehydrating my skin the second I got back to my apartment was the Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme.

The texture of a moisturizer can make or break it for me, and this Amorepacific one fulfills my requirements. First of all, the moisturizer has to be a particular kind of thick. When I slather it on, my skin shouldn't instantly absorb it. The cream should take its time and gradually sink in. At the same time, it shouldn't feel oily, heavy, or like it's seconds away from making me break out. (I have acne-prone skin, so I'm very cautious with what I put on it.) To put it in food-based terms, the product should have the viscosity of jelly — not butter — and Amorepacific's creme checks all these strangely specific boxes.

Beyond my baseline preferences, the Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme also packs some other major benefits for rescuing my skin from travel-induced dryness. Its cooling sensation helps quell irritation and redness in seconds. (I can't wait to try it out this summer.) Anti-inflammatories, like camellia leaf and seed extracts, help make that happen. The creme's luxe, indistinguishable floral scent also helped me forget that I had to squeeze in a middle seat between two men with their legs spread for the duration of a full season of Parks and Recreation. The fancy fragrance makes me feel like the type of woman that can easily afford to fly home from Japan in one of those comfy sleeping pods.

Fragrance aside, the Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme locks moisture in with a slew of seed oils and extracts, like meadowfoam and soybean, as well as the classic hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and amino acids. The moisturizer also features two major cornerstones of Korean skin-care products: bamboo leaf extract and ginger root extract. Bamboo sap hydrates skin in the same way as the skin naturally does, so it's gentle and incredibly effective. Ginger, on the other hand, helps brighten skin.

In fact, I love using Amorepacific's cream on days when I don't wear makeup because it gives my complexion a radiant sheen. Once I was back home, no one even noticed my skin was actually struggling because the Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme helped me look well-rested and gave my skin all the hydration it needed after the long flight.

You'll find this face cream in our May 2019 Allure Beauty Box for just $10.