Fun fact: I’m in the habit of doing my evening routine around dinner time because I don’t often leave the house afterward, and when I first added Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion to my routine I would often forget how starkly the pink spot treatment stands out on my yellow-toned skin and only remember after finding myself in the middle of a grocery store picking up some last-minute study snacks. At this point it’s happened so frequently I’m not even bothered anymore–masking in public, spot treatments in public, meh.

Now Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion isn’t actually the product I’m reviewing today, but it is the reason I chose to pick up the actual product we’re discussing today: Alive:Lab’s Centella Dressing Powder. Zinc oxide in the Drying Lotion worked so well for me I picked up the Centella Dressing Powder on a whim during a Memebox sale and so here’s my second Hallelujah to the zinc oxide god’s.

Reference: I am in my early 20s and have dry/acne prone skin

Product Information

So Memebox USA has a video on this subject that I watched after purchasing, that you can view here:

It’s a finely milled white powder that you can mix into any existing skincare product to add an “acne-care” effect to. Of their suggestions, I only use a couple myself

  • As a spot treatment: I am personally really fond of using zinc oxide spot treatments, and have a bottle of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on hand always. It works well on shrinking whiteheads overnight. Compared to Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, I don’t find the Alive:Lab Centella Powder as effective in drying out my whiteheads overnight. I also already have the Drying Lotion on hand, so I don’t use the Dressing Powder as a spot treatment.
  • In a Cleanser: Cleansers aren’t on my skin very long, so I don’t bother investing in cleansers with a lot of good ingredients because they’ll get washed off very quickly. It seems like a waste to use this product in a cleanser, and on top of that this product is naturally very drying and I don’t really need my cleanser to be more drying. I wouldn’t really recommend mixing this powder into a cleanser.
  • In an Cream: So the only main issue I have with missing the powder into a cream is that most creams are opaque, so you can’t tell when you’re done mixing the powder in. Otherwise this is okay, but I just prefer one of the last two methods.
  • In an Essence v. Oil: I find that I like mixing the powder into an essence or oil the most. It mixes well into an essence but still feels a bit gritty upon application, but mixes easily into an oil so it applies more creamy though there still is a white cast.
This is how much powder I use.

Along with that much powder, I usually add around five drops of oil (tea tree oil diluted in sweet almond oil specifically). If you use less powder you can avoid the white cast, like they do in the video, but when the powder is mixed into a spot-treatment cream with Klairs Blue Calming Cream, you can see the white cast where the cream was applied. Applying less powder makes the soothing results less pronounced, so I use enough to cause a white cast, but this means I can only wear it at night. This works out since oils don’t sit well under makeup on me so I only use oils at night.

The powder + 5 drops of oil.

This is, however, just how I like the apply the powder. Using less of the powder at once will result in less white cast, maybe even to the point where the powder can be worn in the morning. The powder makes any product you add it to more drying, so I’ve attempted to add it to Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Liquid and Stratia’s Liquid gold because they’re a bit too emollient for daily wear for me. The results were okay, but because I use less layers in the morning than I do in the evening the powder made my routine a bit drier than I was comfortable with. If you’re more sensitive to dryness then you can apply less of the powder than me. If you have oiler skin you may be able to use the powder more freely. But as someone with dry skin, I like it mixed into an oil as part of a heavier night time routine.

Review

I tend to be very impatient, and so I fell in love with this product very quickly because of the overnight results. The ingredients list from the back of the box is below, and here is a link to the CosDNA.

Zinc Oxide, Silica, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Azelaic Acid, Panthenol

Despite being called Centella Dressing Powder, there is no centella extract. The first ingredient is zinc oxide, which is better known as a physical sunscreen filter, but also good at soothing skin and providing a protective barrier. Asiaticoside is derived from centella asiatica, hence the name, and apparently good for tissue repair and anti-depressant properties [x]. Those are properties of it’s effects when ingested though, so topically I couldn’t find much about its benefits. Allantoin and dipotassium glycyrrhizate are both anti-inflammatory ingredients, and azelaic acid would make me cautious except I really don’t notice any exfoliating properties of this powder. The concentration is probably too low for it to be effective.

In terms of observed results, I notice that using the powder immediately gives me face a general glow and reduces redness from acne and irritation. Used over a long period of time, I notice that acne’s lifetime is shortened; this only applies to whiteheads though, as I don’t notice many results with blackheads. Whiteheads will come to a head quicker, and fade quicker as well.

One distinct negative aspect is the size of the container–you get 8mL of product and because it’s so finely milled it takes quite a bit of powder to be effective. I use this around 2-4 times a week since May and have about 2/5 of the container left. If I was using this product daily then this timeline would be acceptable, but this makes me think the size of the container is a bit small. On the bright side, the price is 9.90USD on WishTrend, so it isn’t expensive, but the short usage time makes it deceptively cheap. Using this powder daily would probably make me go through the whole bottle in 1.5 months, which means despite most serums costing closer to 20USD or 30USD, they may last longer with daily use and be more cost effective.

Summary

4.5/5
I’m very happy with this product, it’s results, and can see both instantaneous and long-term results with continuous use. I plan on repurchasing when I run out.

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