A while back I read an autobiography about a woman who’s brother was a professional chef at a five star restaurant but came home everyday and ate Costco microwave chicken nuggets.

Zeroid Intensive Cream is my chicken nugget.

There’s nothing exciting about the plain white packaging, though I definitely appreciate the tube over a jar, and the ingredients don’t feature any vaguely-maybe-effective-organism-parts like starfish urine. That being said, it’s nice to have a reliable product that does its job–does it very well in fact–always there for you. Intensive Cream is a lipid, a cream, an occlusive, sometimes a one-product routine, and a saviour for my dry skin.

My skin type, for context: dry, 20s, acne prone

Zeroid the Brand

So I hadn’t heard of Zeroid before I bought this, and was introduced to it… by… Bangtan’s V using their Pimprove line in a V live where he pranced around a hotel room and slapped some toner on his face. The brand, despite not having any official US vendours, has a very professional and easy to navigate English website that made doing research and picking out products (despite not being able to check out) very simple.

Here’s a short overview of the brand,  for anyone else who’s curious, based off their own claims:

  • Sold in hospitals through South Korea
  • Products contain science-proven ingredients and avoid “fragrances, dyes, ethanol, parabens, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, PG, PEG, benzyl alcohol, sulfate, and other skin-irritating ingredients”
  • They focus on being a medical brand with four line: Zeroid (basic), Pimprove (acne), Intensive (dry), and Dermanewal (skin recovery from treatment)
  • They have an informative guide to how our skin works on their “Skin Science” page

Product Claims

The product is a cream for intensively dry skin, and you can use it anywhere on the body though they recommend using this cream for the face and the corresponding lotion for the limbs and torso. All of the star ingredients are for lasting moisture and repairing the skin’s moisture barrier. They also recommend applying the lotion three minutes after getting out of the shower, which is allegedly based of science that shows that’s the best time for your skin to absorb product.

Here are the ingredients for the cream, taken from the box:

water, propanediol, caprylic / capric triglyceride, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, polyglyceryl-10 distearate, squalane, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, bisabolol, myristoyl / palmitoyl oxostearamide / arachamide MEA (Ceramide), phytosterols, cetyl palmitate, sorbitan palmitate, dimethicone, sorbitan olivate, tocopheryl acetate, methyl caprooyl tyrosinate (defensamide), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, canola oil, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol

  • Italicised ingredients: occlusive. This cream is highly occlusive and can be used as a last step in a routine.
  • MEA (Ceramide): This is a patented ingredient by Neopharm, the company that owns Zeroid, and this ingredient acts like a ceramide and should help repair the moisture barrier. On the subject of lipids–this cream contains ceramides and fatty acids, but no cholestrol (company info page).
  • Defensamide: This is an ingredient that helps generate antimicrobial peptides; antimicrobial peptides “prevent bacteria, viruses, and mycetes from infecting the skin” (company info page).

Personal Experience

My intro probably spoiled the fact I like this cream–whoops. What can you do. But the main reasons I love this cream are actually the short term and instantaneous effects, so I’ll start with those.

The cream is an extremely stiff white cream, but applies clear and can be worn during the day if you let it sink in long enough for sunscreen to apply evenly over it–something I found myself doing during December and January when my skin was irritated from the cold and a cold. There aren’t any ingredients that focus on soothing specifically, but it does contain alpha bisabolol, which is an anti-inflammatory oil and could be responsible for how soothing this cream is. Sometimes the sides of my nose will be over-exfoliated when I have a cold, or my skin will feel irritated during shark week, or I’ll have used too much tea tree oil and my skin will sting, or my skin will feel tight from introducing a new acid. Regardless of what my skin feels like, this cream soothes any irritation and my skin immediately feels healthy just minutes after application. Even when my skin is flaking, the next morning after applying this cream it’ll be back to normal. This cream got me through testing Vitamin C serums, colds, AHA’s, BHA’s, and everything up to differin.

On a long-term basis, there isn’t anything for brightening like niacinamide for me to notice any brightening effects, and because I use Vitamin C serums and am on a retinoid I don’t think I could accurately evaluate this cream’s brightening properties even if it were supposed to have some. The ingredients focus on moisturisation and moisture barrier health, and I do genuinely feel like my moisture barrier is healthier after using this cream. I will qualify this with the fact I usually used this cream in conjunction with Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid, which is another product with lipids. The two of them mean my skin feels less dry after I wash my face–I’ll still need to put on a toner and/or moisturiser, but it won’t immediately feel tight like it used to. I have also increased the amount of times I can use acids per week, but that’s also just part of the regular routine of introducing acids.

Most of this review has been positive, so I figure it’s only fair if I mention some negatives. The biggest negative, as a consumer living in the USA, is that there’s no official US retailer. I bought it from this eBay store, which I justified because the seller’s rating is 100%, but with shipping the markup is… unfortunate, to say the least. Other negatives include the thick texture and multitude of oils in the cream with lack of more watery hydrators–this is definitely a cream meant for dry skin. This would be too much for most oily skinned folk, and maybe even some normal skinned folk.

Summary

  • Rating: 5/5
  • Would I Repurchase: Yes
  • Would I recommend this: For dry skinned people looking for more oils and lipids in their routine
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