I’m incredibly picky when it comes to skin care items. It’s difficult to find one that ticks all of the boxes for me. Obviously we all want aesthetically pleasing cosmetics to adorn our skin care shelves but it’s equally important to have products that actually work.
Growing up with Toy Story, I was incredibly excited and beyond ecstatic when innisfree released their Year of the Pig repackaged items. With the fourth Toy Story movie coming out next month, there is no better time to try out the Bija Cica Balm as it promises to control sebum, prevent skin troubles as well as soothe skin.
Toy Story Edition Packaging
Unsurprisingly, I went for the Woody packaging and Bija Cica Balm. Yellow is one of my favorite colors and that’s why I’m completely in love with the Woody tin box that the balm comes in.
The Toy Story Edition tins also come in a Buzz Lightyear version for the Orchid Enriched Cream, and Alien packaging for the Green Tea Seed Serum. All editions come with cute matching polycarbonate cups. They’ve aptly chosen Hamm as a fuchiko (a toy that hangs on a cup) because it’s The Year of the Pig. I’ve opted to place Hamm on my desk since it doesn’t hang that well on the cup.
Shockingly enough, I used to not be concerned if the skin care ingredients that I used were naturally-derived. But that was then and this is now. Through trial and error, I realized that ingredients from nature work so much differently than synthetic ingredients.
innisfree is famous for making products that incorporate the healing powers of nature and the Bija Cica Balm is no different. To treat and soothe irritated skin, the balm is formulated with madecassoside, madecassic acid, asiaticoside and asiatic acid. Bija oil and D-panthenol are added to moisturize skin and help reinforce the skin barrier. All of these ingredients are mild and gentle, and the formula does not contain any added synthetic dyes, fragrances, parabens or mineral oils.
Texture & Application
I’m not a big fan of balms and creams since I usually find that they adds an extra layer of unwanted sheen to my face. BUT I was curious how lightweight this gel-type balm would be and how it could be used as a daily skin care item even on oily skin!
The product is designed with a pointed applicator so it’s easy to control and apply the balm to specific areas. I initially incorporated it in my routine slowly by applying it only on reddened and irritated spots, before using it on the rest of my face. It spreads easily and has a lightweight texture that becomes almost watery as I massage it over my skin. It absorbs quickly and I find that it doesn’t exacerbate the oiliness of my T-zone as the day progresses.
This balm ticked all the right boxes for me as it soothes my skin, is cruelty-free, is mild and gentle, and has naturally-derived ingredients while also being packaged in an adorable Toy Story Edition tin box complete with a cup and piggy! As most naturally-derived products go, it does take a while to see results, so if you’re looking for a quick soothing product, it may disappoint in that area. But since I was looking for a product that I can continuously use in my ever-changing routine without forcing my skin to react too quickly, this product is perfect for me. This edition contains the 40ml Bijca Cica Balm but next time I’ll be sure to get the bigger 80ml!