|REVIEW| Removing Shine 3: Alive:Lab Centella Dressing Powder

how to use centella dressing powder

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how to use centella dressing powder



Dextrin, *Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Azelaic Acid, Panthenol

Bolded are the good/star ingredients in the product whereas underlined are those flagged as 4 & above under 'Safety index' in by EWG. Safety index ranges from 1-9 and the lower the number means the less hazardous. Those with asterisk (*) are more likely to cause acne or irritate skin than those without. 

You can read other product reviews containing the ingredients by clicking on them in the ingredient list above.

Note: This is free of paraben, sulphate, alcohol, silicone and EU allergen, is fungal acne safe and has minimal ingredients.

Zinc Oxide has the ability to heal epidermal wounds, burns, rashes, skin oiliness, infections and acne. Unlike many chemical sunscreens, it protects against UVA and UVB light rays and is often used as a natural, non-toxic sunscreen to prevent burns, signs of photo-ageing and irritation.

Asiaticoside and Asiatic Acid are both a type of Centella, hence the name of this Dressing Powder. Mainly found in shady and damp areas in many different parts of the world, Centella (a.k.a. tiger grass because wounded tigers were often seen rolling in it to heal their wounds) is a small plant that grows up to around six inches in height. Also called the “miracle elixirs of life”, researchers have found that these two ingredients facilitate the healing of cuts and burns as it can promote collagen production and inhibit inflammation which results in scarring.

Madecassic Acid is a type of Centella which can help to repair damaged and tired skin other than reducing the appearance of post-acne marks.

how to use centella dressing powder
On my brush.

Then, we have Allantoin. An ingredient that aims to improve dry and rough skin as it provides our skin with intensive moisture. Being a skin conditioner, it is also known for its ability to soothe irritated skin and protect our skin from external irritants and dirt. 

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate is a dipotassium salt of Glycyrrhizic Acid. It is normally used as a flavouring agent and a skin conditioning agent as it as anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. 

If you are a The Ordinary fan, you might have heard of Azelaic Acid before. It is famous for its anti-inflammatory effects on the skin (supported by researches). This is because it can reduce redness and swelling in acne-prone skin by slowing the production of keratin, i.e. a protein which can block pores and lead to acne. Hence it is often used in anti-acne products. It also has the ability to brighten skin.

Panthenol is a powerful moisturiser. Hence this could potentially be a life saver for those of you with extremely dry skin! It is also known for its ability to promote wound healing, as well as alleviate other irritations like eczema.

Other than Zea Mays (Corn) Starch which can potentially block pores if you have oily skin, this ingredient list is really quite clean! That's something that I really like of a product that has minimal ingredients haha.

how to use centella dressing powder
With flash. It doesn't leave a white cast. See how my shiny nose looks matte in the end?

I use it to remove shine. Every day after I put on my Swissvita tinted sunblock, I will take a brush and lightly sweep this Centella Dressing Powder across. This helps set the makeup and prevent my T-zone from becoming oily throughout the day. Sometimes when I have some acne which I am desperate to tame, I will mix this Centella powder with a little of water and pat it onto the acne. It is not magic but I feel it does help my skin to calm down a little.

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Alive:Lab recommends mixing it with your skincare (e.g. toner/moisturiser) and apply.

It doesn't have any strong smell at all if you ask me. Like any powder, it works amazingly at keeping my skin shine-free. It is a very fine powder that does not settle into pores or fine lines. However, on days with very hot weather (hello fellow Malaysians), it might lose its holding power a little more quickly than usual (thanks to my sweat LOL). So re-application might be required or else my T-zone might start glistening like the Christmas lights haha.

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It dissolves nicely into my Skin & Lab Red Serum.

Despite being a powder, its packaging is very different from others on the market. It comes in a cylinder container. I find it a little difficult to use on a daily basis (I use it as a setting powder) as I tend to pour too much powder on my powder brush, causing a scene. So I got my old powder case from Innisfree and decant half of the Alive:Lab Centella Dressing powder for daily use. But if you're trying to mix it with your skincare, this is definitely the most convenient packaging you can get.

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It gets absorbed into the skin wonderfully without leaving any trace behind.

Despite the slightly shorter lasting power, I find it amazing. It has skin-calming ability which most other powders do not have and can effectively keep my skin matte all day (I mostly stay in air-conditioned room due to my work so I rarely sweat haha). Therefore, if sweating is a rare case to you like it is with me, this Centella Dressing Powder is quite the choice! Although, I do find the price a little expensive but that all depends on your budget. :) 

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Opening the cap, it looks like this. You can find the expiry date at the bottom of the container.

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