Can Byoma’s £11.99 Moisturising Gel Cream Balance My Combination Skin?
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If you’re into your skincare, particularly products that don’t mean you have to take out a loan or break the bank to buy, you’ve probably heard of Byoma.
An affordable brand that promises to boost and repair your skincare barrier, Byoma has been everywhere lately for its affordability and accessibility in all of the biggest beauty stores.
It’s also fast becoming a choice for younger people starting their skincare journey, forging its way as a low-priced, gentle and easy-to-use brand.
Byoma’s own trademarked Tri-Ceramide Complex Serum, including niacinamide, ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids and green tea, promises to help restore natural moisture while giving your skin barrier some much-needed attention (definitely something my skin needs).
But how effective is their viral Moisturizing gel cream for the ‘Boosted Barrier’ and ‘Better Skin’ Byoma promises? And can it balance out my combination skin?
Byoma’s Moisturising Gel-Cream
With a tagline promising “Skin Barrier Boosting Skin Care Products” and some cool and colourful packaging that looks amazing in my bathroom, I’ve been trying Byoma products for around a year now and I’ve got to say – I’m pretty sold.
My most recent purchases have been their Moisturizing Gel-Cream (£11.99 on the Byoma UK website/$14.00 on the Space NK US website) their Hydrating Serum, and their Brightening Eye Gel (I’ve been going heavy on the moisturising this winter due to my skin barrier feeling damaged and an increase in some dry and flaky areas).
Byoma claims this gel cream is “universally effective for all skin types, both morning and night”, which makes it a safe option for younger skin as well as those who need something a little more gentle.
What’s in it?
Byoma’s Tri-Ceramide Complex is designed to mimic and replenish the essential lipids found in the skin.
It’s formulated with the 3 key components of the stratum corneum – ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids – that help to rebuild the skin barrier and restore natural moisture levels.
Green tea is multifaceted and is used to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation, as well as being “effective for atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, rosacea“.
Somewhat of a skincare superhero, niacinamide conditions the skin and is said to reduce redness and the appearance of pores and lines while also hydrating.
According to Cleveland Clinic, niacinamide “helps build keratin, a protein that maintains skin health. It’s also been shown to make your skin stronger, smoother and brighter.”
Byoma products are also dermatologist-tested and approved, oil-free, non-comedogenic, alcohol and fragrance-free, vegan and cruelty-free skincare. Bonus.
On the skin and results
Firstly, I’ve got combination skin – dry in some areas and oilier in others. This can make skincare routines quite annoying, particularly when it comes to a moisturiser that soothes my dry patches but doesn’t leave me looking like I’ve slathered olive oil on my face.
I struggled with acne and pimples in the past, which has also left some marks and scars on my skin. I still get the occasional breakout on my chin (thanks, hormones!) and sometimes my skin can look a little red.
So, the ingredients in this gel cream sounded *perfect* for my skin type and issues.
I’ve been using Byoma’s Moisturizing Gel Cream for around 6 weeks now, and I think I will be repurchasing it. My go-to moisturiser is usually CeraVe’s Moisturising Lotion for the face and body for dry to very dry skin, which is lightweight and non-greasy.
The texture of Byoma’s gel cream is really lightweight, it’s definitely more of a gel than a cream, and it sinks into the skin very quickly which is a big plus-point for me because I hate the feel of a greasy, heavy moisturiser.
Byoma positions this product as step 4 in your skincare routine, after using a serum and before applying your SPF.
The brand advises 1-2 pumps onto cleansed skin in the morning and evening, however, this doesn’t feel like enough product for me so I’ve been using around 4 pumps and bringing it down to my neck area.
My skin does feel more moisturised when I use this (especially in conjunction with their hydrating serum) and it doesn’t feel heavy at all. It also doesn’t pill under my SPF and works well under an oil when my skin feels particularly parched or flaky.
I wouldn’t say it’s anything groundbreaking, but for the price point and accessibility, it’s great.
It feels cooling and soothing when applied, so I think this will be one I continue to use through the summer. The only thing I would say is that if your skin is very dry, this product might not do the job for you.
The packaging is super cute, coming in shades like pink, blue, yellow, orange and purple. These look really fun and cool on my bedside table and in my bathroom and they’re very lightweight, making them easy to travel with or pop in your handbag. The only thing I will say is that some people might find the packaging a little clunky and big.
The pump is very easy to use and the brand claims you can recycle the packaging when you’ve finished with it.
And what are other people saying about this product? Well, it’s become a bit of a hit with a lot of people, with users on their website and Instagram page praising this gel cream for its affordability and soothing properties.
It’s particularly popular and safe for the ‘tween’ demographic, with one person commenting that her “daughter uses Byoma everyday! So I come back and buy quite frequently.
“My daughter has eczema and so has sensitive skin. She’s used Byoma products for quite a while on her face and it’s always looking smooth and refreshed.”
Other users said it’s “Really light weight and nourishing for my skin”, and “This product is great, non oily, and sits perfectly under make up. It is not moisturising enough for me for night time but I love it for the day.”
@madelineallen on Instagram wrote “For real!!! Tried so many products I’m still confused how this also doesn’t give me acne like every other product. I can use the face wash, drops, and moisturizer too to have the full routine and stilllll won’t break out”.
Sounds like a resounding “yes” to this product.
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Whether you’re just beginning your skincare journey, recovering from excessive acid use, or seeking an effective moisturiser without breaking the bank, Byoma has something for everyone.
With products starting at just £9.99, the brand has become a firm fave for lovers of low-cost – but effective – skincare. It’s loved by derms, clinically proven, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and is made up of some really effective and powerful ingredients.
Queue more of my reviews on their serum and eye brightener (I’m also itching to buy their moisturising gel sunscreen), and I can feel a purchase of their Moisturizing Gel cream SPF coming up!