Friday, 6 February 2015

Mizon Returning Starfish Cream


And now on to the cream that raised the most interest last week on my Instagram feed.

What is it?
'A unique moisturizer formulated with 70% starfish extract to actively hydrate, regenerate, and rejuvenate skin.'

What's in it?
All of this....


Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Erm. Starfish?
Silicones
Fragrance
Pegs
Glycols

What's not in it?
SLS
mineral oils
parabens

Who is it for?
Designed as a regenerating moisturiser so essentially everyone, but particularly maybe for those concerned with signs of ageing/anti-ageing.

How do you use it?
Apply as a normal moisturiser. 

What's good/not so good about it?
Here's the thing. It's a really lovely cream. It moisturises, softens, makes makeup application a dream and having played with it, is suitable for all skin types. It has a similar bouncy texture to the Body Shop mask - not as bouncy, but it's not runny. And it's completely reasonable at £25.00.

I didn't realise before I received the cream that it actually contained starfish, I thought it was just a kooky name. (I know. DUH.)
If you have no concerns about animal extracts and aren't vegetarian/vegan you will love this cream. It is really good. I'm neither vegan nor vegetarian and yes it feels hypocritical from someone who wears leather etc but I can't get past the fact that it's essentially 75% dried out and ground up starfish.
It obviously plays on the fact that starfish regenerate their limbs and thus it may stimulate your own skin. It has to be said though that expecting something that has been dried out, ground up and hydrolized to have a stimulating effect on your collagen is the same as calling a Pringle a crisp. 
(It's not. It's reconstituted potato, rice, wheat and corn flakes pressed into a round shape, blasted with hot oil and sprayed with artifical flavours.)
Apparently starfish are culled in South Korea due to the rate at which they procreate and can inhibit shellfish farming etc. They are collected and exterminated as pest control. It still freaks me out a little though. As I said, if you have no concerns with that, it's a lovely cream. If the thought makes you feel a bit 'EEEWWW', maybe this is not for you.

Mizon Returning Starfish Cream is £25.00 and available here.

And while I'm on the subject of things in the water that freak me out, have you seen this!?!:

28 comments:

  1. Thank you for that video Mrs Hirons, I'll be having nightmares for weeks.

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    1. Totally! And so I won't be alone I just shared it on FB.

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    2. starfish are a PEST here in Australia, they are destroying the GBReef hence good riddance I say. Is this cream avail in gallon drums?

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  3. What an interesting product, Caroline. I'm not sure I could get the past it is actually ground up starfish either! Is there an aroma of fish from it?!!

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    1. No fishy-ness ;) just a very light subtle fresh fragrance.

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  4. I use snail cream all the time, and yet I cringe a bit over this Starfish cream... Strange right? I've been wanting this forever, but I never realised that it actually contained Starfish, I also just thought it was a cooky name... Oh well. I may just skip this.

    Loevens makeup rambles

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  5. Hi Caroline,
    I use it and love it, somehow not really bothered by starfish, particularly that its been a while I had not used such a good moisturiser ;-) have a good weekend

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  6. I got this some months ago and for the first 36 hours it gave me the most amazing dewy skin. Then I got a rash on the third day, checked the ingredients list, and found niacinamide. This is supposed to be really good for skin and it shows up on many hydrating products, but my skin breaks out in contact with it. I had the same reaction to a Kanebo treatment I got (almost all their products have it) and to an Etat Pur serum which was pure niacinamide. It's a freak allergy, but now I check all ingredients lists. I passed the Returning Starfish Cream to friend and she loves it.

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  7. Thanks for featuring one of the kookier products. ;-) I wouldn't want to put this on my face, gotta be honest. But for those who would, is this just a marketing ploy or is there any research showing starfish has any beneficial properties whatsoever? It sounds like you're pretty happy with what it does but is it better than any old moisturizer not containing starfish? This fascinates me, WHO would think of such a cream?

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  8. I've been enjoying this since Christmas and (honestly) I'm usually trying to not think about what is inside;)
    Leaving this aside, I have to say that it sinks right in, it's non-greasy, yet my face is perfectly hydrated even now in the middle of winter. Even my makeup looks good on top of this, surprising for someone with skin texture problems.

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  9. ...I just couldn't i'm afraid, i'm not vegan or anything but killing an animal for anything over than food is wrong in my book, if the starfish was getting eaten and the extra bits being made into cream, fine, but other wise no! Such a shame as it sounds amazing!

    http://katsbeautytales.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Caroline have you heard of dr. Lancer's book? ''Younger''? What do you think about it and his method?

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  11. While I appreciate the review, I'm still not sure about this product. I have a sample size of this that I got from a k-beauty site I regularly order from. The starfish content is what is making me queasy about this. I have the same feeling about a cleanser I got that according to the translation has pig collagen and spider essence.. As someone mentioned earlier, who thinks of this stuff? Not that I have anything against them, I just want to know the thought process.

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  12. NO! NO! Just wrong, poor wee starfish.

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  13. It does feel kind of hypocritical for me to be adverse to trying it but I'm not sure I can get past it.

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  14. I've to watch a thriller or a scary movie to calm down a little ;)

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  15. This sounds a bit like Astalift to me.

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  16. I have a family friend from the UK visiting me in the USA in the next couple of months. What UK only products should I have them get for me. I was thinking of the LaRoche Posay Serozinc now that it is available in the UK. Anyone have any other suggestions

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  17. Hi Caroline, I was wondering if you could do a post on product expiration dates and how closely you should follow the "do not use after so many months" symbol on the back of products. I only found out what this symbol means a few weeks ago and I am sure a lot of other people don't know what it is either.

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  18. Just keeps making me think it's ground-up Patrick, Spongebob's best bud. Can't do it.

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  20. Don't think I'll be trying this one. A cream full of Patrick :( They might be considered pests in some regions, yet I find us humans to be of a greater risk to nature than anything in nature.

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  21. But I like Pringles... they taste damn good! Also I'm with the "starfish are a pest kill em" league... and if your going to kill something then let it not die in vain!

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  22. Fortunately it has other ingredients that I'm allergic to, so I don't need to contend with the 'would I?' question!

    I do think that since the starfish have to be culled anyway, they might as well be used in some fashion.

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  23. Isn't this just another term for marine collagen that has been used in high end creams by Estée Lauder etc for at least 30 years? If you eat a bacon sandwich or chicken salad you shouldn't have a problem with this.

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  24. Was just reading this while eating tube of Pringles.....puts Pringles away until I forget what they are :)

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  25. Just watched vid about cuttlefish....fascinating but a bit scary too...thanks for that Mrs H, I shall think of you when I'm screaming from underneath my duvet at 3am. Oh and the cream, I would totally use this, fishy entrails and all. I've smeared much worse on my face in the past (ahem....TMI?..... Righty O....I shall say no more) x

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