Innisfree – Green Tea Seed Serum
I’m back with yet another staple item in my skincare routine. The green tea seed serum by Innisfree is actually the first Korean skincare item I’ve ever bought. I can still remember how excited I was when it first arrived and how happy I was to see that it actually works and performs as it claims. So without further ado, lets get down to the review (hey! That rhymes 😛 ).
You guys won’t believe me when I say this, but I was so surprised to know see how eco-friendly innisfree is. They take recycling to a whole new level, without taking the excitement away from their products in any way, shape or form. The box it comes in is made from recyclable materials and all text was printed using soy ink ( awesome, right? ). Since the serum is a green tea product, they have used their signature green theme packaging for all the products under the green tea line.
Right off the bat there were a couple of things that I really appreciated in this serum.
- The product description along with the ingredients list on the box is in English! This is not so common with other Korean products.
- It comes in a cute, sturdy green, plastic packaging, with 80ml worth of green tea seed serum. I honestly love the packaging for its simplicity yet thoughtful design.
- It comes with a pump! I’m sure you all know the frustration that comes with products that you have to pour out in to the palm of your hand. Well, you don’t have to suffer with this one. The pump allows you to easily get the product as well as gives you control over how much you use. I usually use 2 pumps worth of serum on a daily basis, and its enough to fit my face and neck.
- The greatness that is the green tea scent! The moment you have some serum on your hands, I guarantee you will fall in love. The fresh, clean scent of the main ingredient – green tea, is enough to relax your mind, body and soul, and give you a spa-ish vibe. To be honest with you all, this serum is the reason why I look forward to my skincare routine 😀
- The serum itself is translucent in color, has a runny consistency and is very lightweight. This is great because it means your skin absorbs the serum very quickly without leaving behind a sticky/greasy residue. I find this interesting because its perfect for those days when I’m short on time and can’t afford to wait for my skin to absorb the serum.
How to use it:
Despite the fact that this is labelled as a serum, it’s designed to be applied on the skin directly after you wash your face. By doing so, your skin will be able to hold up a higher percentage of moisture and prevents moisture loss.
This is how you are meant to incorporate it to your skincare routine:
Serum > Skin (aka toner) > Essence or lotion > Eye Cream > Cream > Oil (optional)
What it is meant to do:
The serum makes use of Dual Moisture-Rising Technology™ derived from fresh green tea and green tea seed oil. Whereas the fresh green tea works on deeply hydrating your skin and the green tea seed oil creates a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturized longer.
What it did for my skin:
For reference my skin is mostly dry with a slightly oily t-zone. I do have the occasional breakouts but I’m not acne prone. I’ve used the serum for over a year now, and i’m currently on my third bottle. The serum works really well for me and does exactly as it claims. Once the serum has been absorbed by my skin, there is no residue left behind of any sort. My skin looks healthier, moisturized and plump on days that I use this serum, in comparison to the days where I skip the serum and go straight to toning etc.
Would I recommend?
I do! This serum has worked perfectly for myself as well as many others. I would repurchase it myself, but not anytime soon. As mentioned earlier, I’m currently on my 3rd bottle, so I’m ready to venture out and try other serums in the upcoming months 😀
- Its free of:
- Synthetic colorants,
- Mineral oil,
- Animal-originated ingredients,
- Imdazolidinyl urea
- It contains the following essential oils:
- Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil
- Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract *
- Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (bergamot) fruit extract *
- Citrus Paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract *
- Citrus Tangerina (tangerine) fruit extract *
- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) fruit extract *
Note: Due to the high quantity of citrus essential oils, it is essential to apply sunscreen right after you complete your skincare routine, especially if you will be heading out and about under the sun.
Have you tried Innisfree’s green tea seed serum before? Let me know in the comments below 🙂