review : Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel & Spot Cream

Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel & Spot Cream |
If you've been following this blog for a while, you might already know that one of my holy grail products is the Snail Bee High Content Essence from Benton. Super super super HG. I've used countless bottles of the stuff, and it continues to be part of my skincare routine. Because of this I've always wanted to try more of their products, and recently I got the chance to do just that as Benton sent me two products from their Centella Line to try out! Today I'll be reviewing the Goodbye Redness Centella Gel and Spot Cream* 🌱

Centella Asiatica, also known as tiger grass or cica, is a medicinal plant commonly used in traditional Chinese and ayurvedic medicine. Because of its hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties, cica became a hot and trendy ingredient in Korean skincare in 2020. Even though it became super popular at the time, I haven't had the chance to try any cica products at all. These are my very first cica products! I'm grateful to Benton for sending them over for me to try.

Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel & Spot Cream Review |
Goodbye Redness Centella Gel
A gel-type moisturizer formulated with centella asiatica for soothing irritated, troubled, blemished skin. It contains more than 80% of fresh Korean centella asiatica, as well as other hydrating ingredients such as Chamaecyparis obtusa (hinoki) water, Houttuynia cordata extract, etc. It is alcohol-free, fragrance-free, pH-balanced, and dermatologically tested to be non-irritating. Full ingredients list here.

I don't think there's much I can say about the Centella Gel, since it's a pretty straightforward product. Other than having cica in it though, there's not a lot of difference from most gel moisturizers out there. I like that it's alcohol and fragrance-free, and that it's made with great ingredients, but that's about it. It's hydrating, but it's SUPER LIGHT. Now that it's been raining non-stop the weather's become much colder. During the time I used the Centella Gel on its own I kept waking up with my cheeks and forehead feeling oilier than usual the next morning. My skin is oily-dehydrated, so if I wake up with oily skin it's because my skin has been producing more oil to make up for the lack of moisture. I solved this problem by mixing it with a drop of facial oil, so it's been working well for me now. I feel this would be much better for hot and humid days though. As for its calming and soothing effects, I can't really say I noticed anything special. I feel like I still need to use this for a couple more months to see substantial results, but overall it's a decent quality moisturizer.

Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel & Spot Cream Review |
Goodbye Redness Centella Spotcream
A spot care product that contains over 42% Centella Asiatica and 10% calamine. It helps soothe concerned areas intensively with the combination of centella asiatica, calamine, tea tree, and peppermint oil, leaving your skin clean and clear. Full ingredients list here.

As the last step of skincare, apply a suitable amount of this spot cream onto concerned areas, then softly pat until absorbed. Because it contains calamine, the cream is pink upon application, but it goes away as it's absorbed into the skin. I like applying a small amount on any areas with redness then lightly rubbing it in until fully absorbed. If I'm using it on a particularly red spot, I apply a second layer and just pat it on without rubbing it in. Kind of like how you would use a drying lotion. According to Benton, the Centella Spot Cream can also be used under makeup, but I prefer to use it only at night before I go to bed.

Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel & Spot Cream Review |
I probably already mentioned this in some of my previous reviews, but it usually takes me at least a month or two to determine whether or not a product is effective. In this case though, I was able to see results in the short time I used them. I've been using the two products together for around two weeks, and I got to see visible results a few days ago when I got a particularly angry-looking pimple on my cheekbone area. It was the type that's under the skin so I knew it was going to take a while before it went away, but surprisingly after just the third day it was significantly smaller. By the fifth day it had already flattened almost completely. I was so amazed! More than the Centella Gel though, I'm sure the Spot Cream did most of the heavy lifting.

Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel & Spot Cream Review |
Overall, I think both the Goodbye Redness Centella Gel and Spot Cream are pretty solid products. Though I have yet to see any visible results with the Centella Gel, I still think it's a good product for those with normal, combination, and sensitive skin. For oily skin, it depends on what your skin needs. For me, since I need a lot of hydration, this won't work unless I use a lot of hydrating layers beforehand. Right now it's not a good match for me, so it's still YMMV. Definitely not for dry skin. Since it's made with soothing ingredients, if your main concern is calming irritated skin or repairing the skin barrier, the Centella Gel would be good for that as well. And since it's a gel type, I suggest placing this in the fridge for the extra cooling effect.

On the other hand, with the Centella Spot Cream, I saw results almost instantly! I still can't believe it. Hormonal breakouts usually take forever to go away for me, but with this it only took less than a week. If you're like me and gets a lot of hormonal acne, I recommend trying this out if you haven't yet. I'm a little sad that it comes in such a small tube, but I'll just have to make sure I have it on hand at all times!

You can purchase the Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel and Spot Cream locally here. For overseas readers, you can find these items on Stylekorean here and here.

DISCLAIMER: This product was sent to me by Benton for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclaimer for more information.