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HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW


HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW



Donkey Milk, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee Venom, Caviar/Salmon Egg, Starfish Extract, Syn-ake, Pig Collagen and Horse Oil -- these are just one of the many bizarre skincare ingredients that's so popular in South Korea and Horse Oil is at the front and centre.  Animal-based products are the hottest skin care trends coming from the beauty savvy country and it has definitely caught the attention for quite awhile now by K-beauty enthusiasts like me from the West. Why I'm drawn to Korean skin care? It tends to include more natural ingredients and formulations because of the rich history of using ingredients found in nature, like ginseng, ssanghwatang mushrooms, and rice. It’s also set apart in the effective delivery mechanisms of the active ingredients. It’s not to say that other non-Asian brands don’t get this right, but because of the supply/demand dynamics, very well-priced items in Korea will have exceptional formulations. What I also love about Korean women is that they tend to be more willing to experiment with adventurous and different ingredients when it comes to beauty and now that they are being introduced to other parts of the World, of course I would try amazing new things! All for the love of skincaretainment!  I mean who doesn't get excited when hearing about a new weird skincare ingredient that actually works and has been raved about by a lot of beauty bloggers? I'm beauty obsessed after all!


When I heard about the famous horse oil cream, I wasn't really that excited at all. More of intrigued coz duh Horses. Rubbing horse oil on my face for the love of beauty, I feel pretty much like a villain in a Disney movie! LEL. But after marathoning my favourite Korean Beauty show, "Get It Beauty" last year where TV host, Actress and former Miss Korea Honey Lee raved about the said horse oil cream, my curiosity got the best of me. So I picked up a few jars (and the essence as well because why not?) of the highly acclaimed Guerisson 9-Complex Cream, which is the horse oil product that inspired the ingredient's immense popularity.



HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW


HISTORY OF THE STAR INGREDIENT, HORSE OIL

Although relatively unknown in Europe and the UK, horse oil is popular and widely used beauty product in Asian culture. Ok, when it comes to history of something  that's beauty related or makeup really, I feel really geeky about it so please bear with me. At the first glance using horse oil may appear to be an unusual proposition, however the concept is not significantly different to other widely used cosmetic products. For example, tallow is used in lipstick, eye shadow, foundation , shampoo and many other familiar products. Tallow, like horse oil, is a natural byproduct obtained from animals. The Tang Dynasty of China lasted for more than 300 years. The period from 618 to 907 is considered a golden age in the history of civilisation and the influence of the ruling Tang family spread across the continent of Asia. The increase in trade between countries was accompanied by a flow of ideas and the introduction of new thinking in health and accepted scientific wisdom of the  times. These developments included the invention of compass for navigation and use of mechanised air conditioning.

Another of these new discoveries was the use of horse oil as a remedy for common complaints of age. Historians place the arrival of horse oil in Japan at approximately 700 A.D The travelling Tang merchants bought this previously unheard of technique to Japan, where it was rapidly embraced and became an accepted part of culture of time due to the multiple benefits in both health and beauty. Early users of horse oil would have included the noble men and women in the Japanese Nara period courts. At this time the royal court of Emperor Shomu was populated by those who had attained wealth and power, and this group were the most likely to adopt the use of new and innovative products. The royal physicians that were also present in the court would have prescribed horse oil to their wealthy clientele and as the years passed knowledge of this ancient remedy began to spread beyond the elite court circles and into the wider society.

By the nineteenth century horse oil was in common usage at every level of Japanese society. Advocates of the odourless natural oil are recorded as recommending the product for the treatment of issues as diverse as rheumatism brought by long winters all the way to banishing dry skin or other embellishments that might periodically afflict a person.

The use of horse oil remained a Japanese secret, unknown to most of the world until the mid 1970's when a man names Toru Naoe founded the "Bayou" company. Naoe had studied and observed the benefits of horse and wished to extend the popularity and use beyond the local community. Slowly, the knowledge began to read the wider global community and by the year 2000 an application was made to the US Personal Care Products Council to recognise horse oil as skincare ingredient.


When the application was approved in 2001, skincare enterprises began to experiment with formulations and use of horse oil in a range of new products. The markets of Italy, Taiwan and Korea were amongst those first to accept the new, and at first unusual product. Even within these countries consumers were initially hesitant, but on seeing the benefits buyers were quick to response and eagerly bought products based upon their effectiveness.

BENEFITS OF HORSE OIL

Horse oil is different from other animal fats, which are high in saturated fatty acids, because it has a greater ration of unsaturated fatty acids ~ essential fatty acids ~ than saturated and that is highly desirable in skin care products.  It contains two very important properties to help combat aging:

*Alpha-linolenic acids: an essential omega-3 fatty acid, normally only found in seeds (chia, flaxseed), nuts (walnuts) and vegetable oils (canola, soybean, flaxseed).  It is an anti-inflammatory.

*Linoleic acids:  an omega 6 fatty acid, found in vegetable oils (safflower, sunflower).   Linoleic acid helps strengthen and regenerating the moisture barrier in your skin, preventing dry skin.

The composition of the fatty acids in horse oil are fairly similar to human oil (sebum) and therefore, it can penetrate more quickly into your skin.   High quality and purity horse oil that is used in skincare will have been deodorised and decolourised.

The Horse Oil has long been used not only for all kinds of skin diseases, but also to keep down inflammation, to heal wounds faster, for stiff shoulders, muscle pains, burns, as well as a skin care product to give you beautiful skin. All are effects attributed to α-linolenic acid. Horse oil is quickly absorbed deep into the skin, and is known to advance the circulation of blood and the metabolism, and is therefore effective for much more than just the surface of the skin.

Because of this, Horse Oil has come to be highly appreciated and recognised by both consumers and doctors.

According to a Japanese article  "馬油による皮膚の保湿効果の検討" published in Nishinihon Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 66; No 6; pp. 621-624 (2004).

" The Moisturising effect on the skin of horse oil that resembles the fatty acid composition of human sebum and contains a large amount of linoleic acid was investigated. Horse oil applied to seven healthy females was shown to increase water and oil content in the horny layer. Examinations of the fatty acid compositions of the oil remaining on the surface of the skin two hours after the application revealed a clear decrease in linoleic acid content. The increase in water and oil content in the skin due to local application of horse oil was an important contribution to the structure of the skin to maintain its function as a barrier, mainly as a result of absorption of linoleic acid by the skin.

These findings indicate that horse oil as a preparation for external use is suitable for maintaining the health and moisture of skin through percutaneous administration."

Again, it all means since the composition of horse oil very much resembles the composition of the thin acidic lipid layer that coats the topmost layers of our skin, horse oil is able to absorb quickly and penetrate the skin, adding sustained moisture.  So many healing benefits as well because it contains a large amount of linoleic acid, which has been rated a "cell-communicating" ingredient, helping cells to regulate and perform their normal functions. Linoleic acid also has been shown to help repair the skin-barrier and has some antioxidant (reduces oxidative stress to the skin, fights free radicals) and anti-inflammatory (calms skin) benefits to the skin. People who have dry skin like me especially during the winter or even people with Eczema especially, this is perfect as it relieves itchiness and redness, moisturises naturally and promotes healing.


HOW’S IT SOURCED

The first thing that came into my mind before jumping into the bandwagon was, AM I KILLING THESE INNOCENT HORSES? That’s probably what you’re thinking reading this post. I love Horses and a huge Doggie lover. Horses are beautiful creatures . I would be heartbroken to know if the production of such products were harming these amazing creatures solely for our vanity.  Fortunately, I spent a lot of time trying to figure that out.  A lot of reading and research. Please allow me to explain ok? The answer is a NO, but some oil does come from dead horses. Horses are killed for their meat, which is something many people in the UK especially probably aren’t aware of. Horse meat is consumed in  Japan (horse meat is considered a delicacy) , Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Kazakhstan, Quebec in Canada too enjoys a bit of horseflesh too and many other countries from South America to Asia.   Do they use racing horses to obtain the oil? No. Racing horses are not used. Only horses that are raised for food are used for the oil. Horse meat is monitored by Public Health Department to meet safety standards and fats from the edible horse meat are used to obtain the oil.

Indeed as a consequence of processing horses, there is a good amount of horse fat that is produce as a byproduct. Ive found out that initially, this residual horse fat became a cheaper alternative to lard consumed by the poorer classes. At some point, cosmetic companies started buying it up. If you think about it, horse oil as a skincare ingredient couldn’t really be feasible unless it’s a byproduct of meat production. Horses have very little fat. I do not believe, however, that horses are just killed for their oil to be used in skincare products.  Horses are very expensive to raise and it makes no sense to me to slaughter an animal of this size and expense just to get its oil. I really do believe that the horse is killed—not just for their fat, but for meat and other products from their carcass… I know it’s tough to think about it. I wish that the industry would be transparent about this ingredient and how it was sourced. I Just want to say I don’t have any issues using animal products, but I do want to know the truth of it somehow. And also if that were the case, any skincare product made from horse oil would be hundreds of pounds, not under £30 pounds! BUT thankfully, after much research and late night googling, I've learned that horse oil in cosmetics only uses fat abstracted from underneath the mane on a horse’s neck, and the horse is NOT killed or harmed during the process.  Once the fat is taken, it is then refined down to an odourless/colourless oil that has no additives in its purest form.  Horses that are bred on open farms and feed on natural grass are said to yield the best quality oil, containing the highest levels of alpha-linolenic acid, which is one of the reasons this stuff is a miracle saviour,  so keep on reading…


HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW
There is a shiny foil sticker on the side. It’s not clear in the photo, but it says “Claire’s” with a little flower above it, just like in their logo. 

HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW

WHAT WAS IT LIKE AND MY FEELINGS ABOUT IT…

I just want to warn you guys that there’s going to be loads of photos. Reason why, the famous Guerisson 9•Complex Cream has spawned a lot of fakes out there and Claire’s, the company that makes this product, has provided some simple tests to prove if your products is genuine or not.  Important items like the seals and the security sticker should be part of the real products and if those are missing, you might have a fake item. Claire’s has added a security code or a “hidden tag”, as they call it to their packaging. To verify your product’s authenticity, you have to download a phone app called “Hidden Tag for Claire’s.” You then scan the sticker and if its real, you will find a “golden/yellow circle” saying “正品” means “authentic product.” It's best to really check the seller reviews and do a proper google search for real VS fake Guerisson 9•Complex  Cream and just be really careful when you purchase your product.

So what is it again? What’s on it? Guerisson 9•Complex Cream, containing purified horse oil imported from Germany that is free from steroids, preservatives, or flavouring.  The natural formula suits even babies and provides the most suitable care to sensitive skin.  It is said to be whitening (brightening), anti-wrinkle, fade stretch marks/freckles all while nourishing and protecting your skin barrier (i.e. moisture and texture).  Some of the ingredients are vitamin E, a fat soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant, ceramide, niacinamide, adenosine, glycerin, peppermint leaf extracts, apple mint leaf extracts, sage and rosemary leaf extracts.Just a scoop of this luxurious cream, can gives you miraculous skin benefits. Significantly its ability to treat skin damage, fine lines and fade off pimple scars. It's such an amazing innovation by Claire's Korea.


Ingredients: Purified water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, horse oil/fat, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol,Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia (apple mint) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract,  Melissa Officinalis (lemon balm) Leaf Extract,  Chamomile Leaf extract, Monarda Didyma (bergamot) Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, betaine, carbomer, polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7,  phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Alcohol, titanium dioxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Stearyl Sulfosuccinamate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Centella asiatica extract, Camellia Sinensis (green tea) Leaf Extract, Ligularia Fishceria Leaf Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Human Oligopeptide-1/rh-Oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, Myristyl Alcohol, xanthan gum, adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide 3  cosDNA.com analysis


For someone who has dry skin (especially in the winter) like me, the ingredients list is pretty dang beautiful. Ive highlighted the beautiful, amazing beneficial ingredients in hot pink. Beautiful would mean- all my favourite antioxidant-rich plant oils and extracts, brighteners, scar lighteners, and barrier strengtheners! Yep besides the horse oil, which is already amazing! It contains high purity ceramide. Ceramide is a naturally occurring skin-identical ingredient, meaning that it helps the skin’s barrier (i.e. moisture and texture.) This product is also said to improve whitening and wrinkles, based on clinical test results. and thats because of Niacinamide. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that works well for overall brightening, lightening hyperpigmentation, and acne. This is a well-documented skincare ingredient. So long story short, this product is aimed at moisture, elasticity, wrinkles, and strengthening the skin barrier. It also has anti-aging properties. I also highlighted a possible acne trigger in red, the Caprylic/Capric Triclyceride. If you have ever tried coconut oil and broken out as a result, you may want to avoid this cream, as it contains the same ingredient.

*PACKAGING

The cream is housed in a slightly textured orange cylinder  which really reminds me of Hermés for some reason and really sealed well. The jar is made of sturdy glass and " Guerisson 9•complex"  should be embossed on the lid and  also has a trademark on the cap. Every bottle of the cream comes with a fancy clear spatula for sanitary purpose, which is perfect , because I firmly believe on the importance of skin care as well one's personal hygiene. You don’t have to stick your fingers into it. There’s also a brochure that comes with it, with  a picture of Korean actress Lee Honey on it.

HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW
Top lid of the orange cylinder has 9•complex written on it with the trademark  
HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW
At the bottom of the cylinder, It says  “GUERISSON” on the top, has a sticker (of actress Honey Lee ) and some recycling information at the bottom
HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW


*COLOR, SCENT,  AND TEXTURE

The cream has a pale, yellowish colour and looks like margarine/whipped butter that smells like citrus and herbs. Definitely doesn’t smell like horses! It’s really not overpowering or anything, it smells really fresh. Texture appears firm but yielding . Like I said, butter-like, creamy texture that melts on your skin.

HOW TO USE IT

*APPLICATION

I usually apply it in the evenings as my last step in my skincare routine. Sometimes I follow up it with my sleeping mask especially when I’m using acids/actives that night. Lately though in the winter when my skin is on the dry side, I also apply it in the mornings before my sunscreen.  A little product goes a long way and just a thin coat is enough to leave your skin feeling hydrated. This is probably bit too oily for people who have oily skin already  when used at the day time and especially if its humid.

According to Claire’s, you can apply this once every 72 hours, as it will keep your face hydrated for 3 days without reapplying. I wash my face twice a day and have really dry skin as of the moment so I’m really happy putting it every single day.

OVERALL THOUGHTS ON PERFORMANCE

I’ve been using this cream since last year and in terms of performance, it has saved my dry/dehydrated, flaky skin during the winter especially. I really love this cream. I love products that deliver good results and that also has a good price point. I have tried buttloads of expensive creams before, believe me, and they never worked. This cream is deeply hydrating and soothing. Whenever I put my actives like my BHAs and AHAs, I find that it soothes and calms my skin down. There was a time when I had really dry, irritated skin around my eyes, the expensive creams were too strong and stings whenever I put it and plus E45 is NOT good putting it around the eyes so I’m left with nothing—this cream actually beaten them all. lol. I’ve also been putting this cream all over my body, especially on dry areas like my knees, elbow or my legs.

I think this cream is perfect for all skin types especially those who are suffering with Eczema. It really helps deeply hydrate & revitalise dry skin. Restores calm, soft, smooth, even-toned, comfortable healthy looking skin, soothes irritation even fatigued muscles. Boosts my skin elasticity and improves skin problems such as acne, freckles and roughness. If you don’t have complicated feelings about the origin of the horse oil and want a cream that’s extremely moisturising and hydrating, really performs well without costing you an arm and a leg, then go for it.

HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW


Next stop. The Guerisson 9•Complex Essence.
HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW
HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW

*COLOR, SCENT & TEXTURE

The essence comes in a heavy clear glass bottle with a wide spout. Because of this, it’s so easy for a lot of product to spill out so you need to pour slowly and not to waste anything. Like the cream, it has a fresh citrusy, herby smell but not really off-putting. As you can see in the photos, it’s a thick, soup-like, clear liquid that drips out slowly. The consistency of the essence is bit goopy but absorbs quickly and gives you a bit of dewy finish, leaving a bit of shine.

*APPLICATION

On my routine, I normally use an essence after the (hydrating) toner before my creams. When I’m using acids (like Vit. C serums, Retinol, BHAs and AHAs) at night, I wait about 20 minutes before using my essences and then proceed to my serums, oils, occlusives. I just pour a small amount on my hands and massage it on my face and neck. I use it twice a day or sometimes when I want to put more essences on my face when it’s really dry. It’s also quite good with makeup I must say. Not greasy or anything.

HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW


*RESULTS

I’ve already given you a bit of a background of my skin, which is quite dry and sometimes dehydrated that’s why I think Horse oil is so great. I hate to have dry skin so I love my facial oils, body oils at night especially! Horse oil is quite different. I really love using this along with the horse oil cream. My skin felt much smoother the next day, woke up without any tightness or dryness on my face at all. More like soft and moist skin really. I always love it when my face is glowy (not greasy)!
I’ve been using it for over a month now, and it has been quite good. I’ve got no breakouts or anything with both the cream and the essence! This essence has a wide range of amazing beneficial extracts like galactomyces ferment filtrate for example – aka Pitera, the star ingredient in SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Has antioxidant effects, refines skin texture, and increases brightness, lots of antibacterial, anti inflammatory extracts and so many more besides the horse oil which is always brilliant!


WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?

I wouldn't really think it's a HG for me (both the Horse oil cream and essence), I don't know yet but I wouldn't mind using it during the winter when skin is REALLY dry. This particular oil did saved my skin. This product will never get the Leaping Bunny award nor be classified as cruelty-free. However, it is my personal belief that the product is okay for my personal use because an animal has not died solely for its production. I understand that this may anger some, and I really apologise. I know it's a touchy topic to talk about, but I'd love to hear more opinions on it. Please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me.lol

HORSE OIL, AN UNSUNG HERO FOR DRY SKIN: THE GUERISSON 9•COMPLEX HORSE OIL CREAM AND ESSENCE REVIEW

WHERE CAN I GET THIS

Mine was purchased by a friend in Korea at this site here, Olive Young. Olive Young is an official retailer for Guerisson products in Korea. 

If you’re in America, you can get this at MEMEBOX, here.

At Korea Depart here.


What do you think of Horse Oil? Is this something you'd try? Let me know!
XOXO









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