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What is it?
The most conflicting serum that I have ever used. No serum ever gave me this much mixed feelings about it. But, right, it’s a serum. Herbal, oily, thin serum. Attractive enough with its wonderful and at the same time horrible ingredients. A serum that makes my skin looking chok chok, and generously gifts it with glass skin effect. But when cosmic forces decide differently, this same serum will provide you with bumpy tomato look. Now, let’s play!
Here is what the manufacturer says:
This beauty must-have is famously known as Jun Ji-Hyun’s serum after it was revealed to be her go to skincare product. It is now fondly called the “damn serum” due to the tingling sensation it creates when applied onto damaged, oxidized skin – the greater the damage, the more it tingles. Over time, this diminishes as your skin heals. This anti-oxidant enriched serum enhances elasticity, prevents premature wrinkling, balances oil and moisture and tones. It also helps relax the skin by using Aloe Vera in place of purified water and vegetable components instead of synthetic preservatives. /Napacific/
It comes in 50 ml / 1.69 fl.oz. glass bottle with the pipette. The brand revamped the bottle look and now it looks like this:
However, everything inside the bottle remained the same.
Serum itself is of beautiful yellow colour, very watery, although of oily consistency, very thin. When not shaken, serum liquid is visibly divided into two layers: the bright yellow oil part on top of the aloe vera leaf extract sediment. So before use it needs to be shaken well, and then rather quickly pick the mixed content with the pipette.
Absorbs very easily, leaving skin moisturized with “dry oil” glass skin effect. Smells great though. And therein lays the problem. Will get back to it.
How to use it?
- Every morning and evening, after cleansing, apply after the application of toner. Be sure to shake before use.
- Use the spoid to apply the serum to your skin. Spread and absorb.
- Apply a cream to dry regions. /Napacific/
If your skin type is normal to combination (oily), you can easily use it as the last step of your night skincare regimen.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Elaesis Guineensis (Palm) oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig)Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Aminobutyric acid, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen)Extract, Sodium chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Adenosine
This is the ingredients list from the actual packaging. And it’s very different from the ingredients list published everywhere on the internet.
Just to make sure, if I ever saw this ingredients list, I wouldn’t ever had bought this serum. Declared ingredients list on the internet misses the whole citruses oil part. Including rosemary oil. All of the ingredients my rosacea simply couldn’t stand.
But the first part of the ingredients list is made in heaven. Just look at it:
- Aloe vera leaf water,
- Rooibos extract,
- All the good oils,
- Pomegranate, fig, mulberry, ginkgo biloba fruit extracts,
- Then one more shot of the good oils,
- And then one more shot of the good botanical extract.
- Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) as an antioxidant,
- Water (?!) declared as no water serum, ok…
And then goes the waltz: Lime oil, Tangerine oil, Rosemary oil, Lemon peel oil – merely fragrance purpose disaster just waiting to happen on sensitive skin. Yes, this is why this serum smells that great.
No, not really. If it would have been as declared ingredients list on the internet, it would have been. But it’s not.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda…
Who is it for?
No one really. Ok, I’ve gone too far now, I know.
Anyone whose skin can cope with fragrant essential oils.
This is what the manufacturer says:
Recommended for those with the following concerns:
- Those with enlarged, distended pores
- Those who suffer from fine wrinkles
- Those with numerous skin concerns
- Those whose skin dries out quickly
- Those with rough skin /Nacific/
Does it work?
Oh yes it does! In all of its aspects! The part of the ingredients list with the nice guys will make your skin glowing like nothing will ever do.
The part of the ingredients list with the bad boys will be efficient too – they will make your skin sensitized, irritated, sour.
Which crowd will prevail, it is on the cosmos itself, your skin condition, and its good will.
At first, I was so happy with this serum. My skin was glowy, happy, nice. I was chirping and tweeting all around about it. And then it started. Red, bumpy, angry.
WTH happened? I asked myself. Everything in my skincare regimen was kosher, only this serum was the newbie. I looked for the original packaging and then I read MY ingredients list. Oh sweet J! Someone out there has neglected to mention the last part of the ingredients list.
And BTW, it doesn’t sting. At all. Yes, slightly, but that’s more like tingling than the stinging sensation.
And my skin WAS damaged. Especially with the change of season and my spring allergies. It all took its toll on my skin and this serum was the last drop before volcanoes erupted.
But I am also (stupidly) stubborn. I didn’t want to let go of that beautiful look it gave my skin when it was calm and willing to deal with this serum. Yes, that effect is that good that I was (again, stupidly) willing to place a bet.
And probably will do it again…
Oh God almighty, I don’t know what to say…