2021 was the year I finally understood my skin. Well, my new skin.

I used to over-exfoliate with the hopes of banishing my cystic acne for good. I was treating my skin like the once oil-slick surface it was, completely neglecting the fact that what I was doing just wasn’t working. After calling in the big guns (thank you, minocycline), my cystic breakouts waved tiny white flags, and I was left with a new challenge; how tf do I hydrate my face?

I cringed at the thought of slapping a rich moisturizer on my face. I didn’t use creams, I used gel moisturizers. Still, I desperately wanted to be one of the gorgeous gorgeous girlies who swear by slugging and the retinol sandwich technique.

Before long, exfoliating toners quickly transitioned to the hydrating kinds, and mattifying moisturizers were replaced with products with “skin barrier” in the name. It was a complete skincare routine overhaul. The newest rich moisturizer to wiggle its way into my life? EADEM’s Cloud Cushion Airy Brightening Moisturizer. It’s so good, I never want to be without it again. Read on, Lighters.

EADEM's moisturizer hugs your skin
You might recognize EADEM for their cult-favorite Milk Marvel serum, the brand’s first product. For 8 months, this was flying off the shelves and once EADEM stepped into Sephora, it was even harder to get your hands on the silky goodness. It’s specifically made for skin of color, yet works for all skin tones and types to target existing dark spots and prevent any new hyperpigmentation from forming.

EADEM often says they believe health is the only beauty standard within our world and they’re pioneering something they call Smart Melaninbeauty. Their formulas are plant-based and clinically tested on skin of color to ensure the most efficacious results.

The ingredients
EADEM’s Cloud Cushion Airy Brightening Moisturizer blends ingredients like plant ceramides to protect your skin barrier, tucuma extract to fade scarring and serve as an anti-inflammatory, and snow mushroom to boost hydration as it can hold 500x its weight in water.

Cloud Cushion also has tetrapeptide-30 (aka peptides) to block the transfer of melanin to superficial cells. Basically, when our skin becomes inflamed and irritated from acne, trauma, or sun exposure, our body's immune response is to produce more melanin.

The peptides in Cloud Cushion are able to heal acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. It also reduces redness and can banish eczema patches — basically, there is nothing this skin barrier-supporting moisturizer can’t do. Oh and, it’s fragrance-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.

The review
I must say, I'm ultra picky about moisturizers. It’s one of the very last steps in your routine so of course, it needs to be good. I grew up using Eucerin for my eczema-ridden skin, and it provided so much comfort once swiped across my face. My very first thoughts of Cloud Cushion were that it was a luxurious-feeling Eucerin, instantly calming my skin and making it look healthily hydrated.

While this can be considered a rich moisturizer, it’s by no means greasy. You won’t feel any residue left behind and you won’t experience a struggle to rub it in. Think of it like a soft cream.

Through a week of use, I’ve already noticed some of my fresh acne scars to have faded. Other hyperpigmentation spots that I’ve had for quite some time have finally budged too, looking lighter in color by the day.

Overall, I think this is a really amazing moisturizer for anyone. Even if you have oily skin, its texture is still suitable. If you struggle with acne, eczema, rosacea, or a compromised skin barrier, using a moisturizer like Cloud Cushion with ceramides and as many anti-inflammatory ingredients as it does can help support your skin barrier and protect its fragile self.

The only downside to this product is the packaging. As chic as it is, it's not the most functional. Because the jar is a cylinder shape with a narrow opening, getting the product out with your fingers can be tough. EADEM provides you with a little gold spoon to scoop the product out with but I personally don’t find it the most practical. Maybe I’m just lazy and should take in the luxury of it all a bit more.


  • EADEM finally launched their second product, the Cloud Cushion Airy Brightening Moisturizer.
  • It’s full of skin barrier-supporting ingredients like ceramides, peptides, glycerin, and snow mushroom.
  • It helps fade hyperpigmentation like acne scarring and prevents new dark spots from forming.
  • It’s a rich cream yet ideal for all skin types (even oily!).

Now, this moisturizer is $58 for 50ML. This can seem steep if you’ve long purchased a drugstore product as your go-to. I’m no stranger to a higher price for a great face cream and the upside if you only need a tiny amount to hydrate your whole face. It’s a total buy and a texture that everyone needs to experience. Buy HERE, $58 on EADEM.


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