Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream Review

When I saw Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream online, it struck me like lightning. A CICA cream from Purito? Yes, please! If you had followed me for a while, you would have known my crazy love for Centella serums, which I will review soon. I immediately carted this out as soon as I saw this being sold on Shopee.

Some background: I have been working from home since the pandemic started, and I have noticed that my skin type has somewhat changed from super oily to combination skin. I asked around, and to my surprise, my friends who used to have combination skin now suffer from extremely dry skin. Can anyone relate to these pandemic skin changes?

My nose area is currently super dry, with itchiness and redness. And I started having random pimples here and there …

At a glance:

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream tube in hand

Where to buy Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream?

In the US, it’s available for $16.50, and it comes in a 1.7 fl. oz / 50 ml tube.

You can shop for Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream on Amazon and Walmart for $16.50.

Shop at the Official Purito Store for $19.50, Sweet Care, Sukoshi Mart.

Or choose other popular, trusted Asian websites: YesStyle, Jolse, and StyleVana.

The Purito brand

Purito is a completely cruelty-free, vegan-certified, climate-neutral certified sustainable brand. Purito takes pride in animal care by donating a part of its profit to the Best Friend Animal Society. Most of their products are packaged in sustainable, earth-friendly materials. Purito donates another part of its profits to the Korean Federation For Environmental Movement.

Purito is one of the brands I love the most due to their relatively inexpensive but very effective, safe, and non-irritating, suitable for sensitive skin.

Purito says:

Just as healthy plants grow from robust roots, the beauty glows from your inner green.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream claims

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream is the unscented, essential oil-free version of the original CICA cream with green packaging. The star ingredient of this cream is Centella Asiatica Extract, which helps to soothe and relieve irritated skin keeping skin radiant and healthy. It also has skin barrier-repairing ingredients such as Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, and Ceramide.

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this product with my own money.

Who is this cream for?

The product claims it is suitable for combination skin. I would recommend this for dry, normal, or combination skin types. Oily skin may use in the dry winter season only.

Not sure what your skin type is? Please read our guide on Skin types & skin conditions.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream ph tested

As you can see, I have tested the pH for you guys. It has a pH of 6 ~ 6.8, weakly acidic, so it is safe to use on compromised skin barriers.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream Ingredients

Centella Asiatica Extract (50%, Strengthens Skin-Barrier), Water, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Behenic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Extract, Betaine, Tromethamine, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin (Emulsifying Agents), Stearic Acid (Emulsifying Agents), Caprylyl Glycol (Emollient), Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agents), Sodium Hyaluronate (Natural Moisturizing Factor/​Humectants), Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Beta-Glucan (Skin Conditioning Agents), Carbomer (Viscosity Increasing Agents), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Emollient), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Increasing Agents), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Viscosity Increasing Agents), Sodium Carbomer (Viscosity Increasing Agents), Adenosine (Strengthens Skin Barrier), Spent Grain Wax (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Asiaticoside (Strengthens Skin Barrier), Asiatic Acid (Strengthens Skin Barrier), Phytosphingosine (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Ceramide NP (Strengthens Skin Barrier), Madecassic Acid (Strengthens Skin Barrier), Myristic Acid (Emulsifying Agents), Arachidic Acid (Emulsifying Agents), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).

Ingredients are taken from INCIDecoder.

Ingredients Analysis

I don’t know where to start because the ingredient list seems too good to be true. I will group the ingredients based on their benefit claims, soothing, skin barrier repairing, moisturizing, and other additional benefits worth mentioning.

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Soothing

This cream contains 50% Centella Asiatica Extract, the highest among all the Purito Centella products. Centella is a fantastic moisturizing and anti-inflammatory agent which is excellent for calming down any redness or irritation on the skin.  It is my favorite ingredient to soothe, calm and heal the skin. One really cannot go wrong with this.

Asiaticoside is a Centella derivative that heals skin, improves the skin barrier, boosts elasticity in the skin, and of course, calms skin.
Asiatic acid is also a Centella Asiatica derivative that calms the skin and has anti-aging benefits for the skin.

Mushroom Extract: calms skin and helps in reducing breakouts. It also protects from and repairs UV photoaging.

Beta-glucan is another soothing ingredient in this cream.

Skin Barrier Repair

Ceramide NP is a skin-identical ingredient that keeps the skin hydrated by locking up moisture. It helps maintain a healthy balance of oil and water. Much needed for repairing the skin barrier along with the fatty acids in this cream.

Broken your skin barrier? Fallen in love with ceramides? The muses from Garden Of Muses have too. Read the reviews to add more ceramides to your routine:

 

Madecassic acid is a Centella Asiatica derivative that calms skin, heals skin, and helps fade PIE and PIH through skin regeneration.

Moisturizing

Squalane is a light and non-comedogenic oil that helps moisturize the skin without feeling heavy. Other moisturizing ingredients include Macadamia Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Argan oil, which are rich in nourishing fatty acids.

Hydrating

Sodium Hyaluronate is a humectant, so it will help keep skin soft and well-hydrated. Glycerin is another popular humectant.

Other Multitaskers

Niacinamide (2%) is an ingredient that we all love. It is included in low percentage, 2% strength, which is well tolerated by all skin types.

It helps treat uneven skin tone (brightening), which is excellent for anti-aging and pore control. It also helps reduce sebum, redness, and breakouts. On top of that, Niacinamide can also increase Ceramide synthesis, strengthening the skin barrier.

Other notable ingredients include Phytosphingosine (a problematic name, lol) and Adenosine. These two are great for repairing the damaged skin barrier and treating acne due to their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tocopherol is a Vitamin E derivative that helps in fighting free radical damage.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream tube

Ingredients not included in Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream

To make it even better, this cream is free from alcohol, fragrance, and essential oil.

Note: Purito has removed their Witch Hazel Extract from their formulation for their newer version. This ingredient can be hit & miss for many.

Is the Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream vegan?

Yes, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Packaging

Purito products are generally well-priced and easily accessible by everyone.
Purito Centella unscented Recovery cream comes in a simple tube packaging with a roll-on cap, which I love. I find this more hygienic than creams in a jar.

Expiry: Use within 12 months of opening.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream on hand

Scent

This product has no scent as it is free from fragrance and essential oil.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream on texture

Texture

I expected this cream to be very heavy and thick, but to my surprise, this cream is somewhere in between a thick cream and a gel. It spreads quickly on the skin. It’s not very greasy but not very light either.

On application, it sinks in well, leaving skin soft and moisturized. It will give you a slight occlusive layer with minimal stickiness on top of your skin.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream finish

My personal experience with Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream

The performance of this cream is wow, my skin loves this cream! I am amazed by how calming, moisturizing and comfortable it feels on my combo-acne-prone skin.

For reference, I live in Singapore. The weather here is hot and humid.

The dry patches on my nose and skin tightness are all gone. The sebaceous filaments on my nose also seem smaller, and I haven’t spotted much irritation since then.

My pimples also seem to heal faster. This cream works on all kinds of acne marks, from red to brown ones; the lighter and superficial ones will fade sooner, and the deeper ones take time, but they do in almost two months or so!

By the time my tube got almost empty, this Purito Centella recovery cream and the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence worked fabulously in lightening my quite deep stubborn acne mark in almost 30-40 days with daily day and night usage! The mark is still there but faded.

How to use Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream?

Wondering where something like this fits into your skincare routine?

  1. Cleanse;
  2. Do your toners, essences, serums, ampoules;
  3. Squeeze some Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream;
  4. Massage gently on your face, neck, and decolletage;
  5. Apply another thick layer on dry patches and red areas.

When do you apply?

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream can be used daily, I apply it twice a day when I do my skincare routine.

Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream tube and cream

Pros

  • High concentration of Centella;
  • Helps reduce the inflammation due to acne;
  • Moisturizing;
  • Fragrance-free;
  • Essential oil-free;
  • Cruelty-Free;
  • Vegan friendly;
  • Clean Beauty Product;

Cons

  • Not that effective on severe acne;
  • Not fungal acne safe.

It is to be noted that fatty acids are fantastic for the skin and are much needed for repairing damaged skin barriers but if you have severe fungal acne issues, stay away from ingredients like carrier oils.

Conclusion

The Purito Centella Green Level Recovery Cream is a moisturizer that helps repair the damaged skin barrier, soothing and relieving irritated skin.

I’m delighted with my results. This moisturizer has helped tremendously with acne marks, hydration, and redness.

Will I repurchase Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream?

I enjoy this product and am almost certainly repurchasing it to use it twice daily.

Rating 5/5

Shop for Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream

You can get Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream at Amazon and Walmart for $16.50.

Or shop at the Official Purito Store for $19.50, Sweet Care, Sukoshi Mart.

Other popular Asian websites are: YesStyle, Jolse, and StyleVana.

Shop other products from the Purito Centella Unscented line:

Eye cream: Purito Centella Unscented Eye Cream

Toner: Purito Centella Unscented Toner

Serum: Purito Centella Unscented Serum

As always, you do you, be kind to your skin and yourself! Remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different, so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa. So before adding a new product to your skincare routine, it pays to do a little research first.

Pay special attention to ingredients that you might react to. Doing a patch test is always a good idea. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.

Happy skin experimenting, and don’t forget to try the new Purito Daily Go-To Sunscreen!

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