Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Skin Review:
As far as I know, the Jeju Lava Seawater line makes up a portion of Innisfree’s skincare range targeted towards anti-aging and intensive moisture. Clearly, being in my early twenties and having more of a combination-to-oily skin type, I’m not necessarily their target market.
However, when we were having a meet up and my friend was gushing about the Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence, I found myself really intrigued. And so, with having some generous friends within the skincare community, at one point, I ended up with a trial set of the Jeju Lava Seawater line. The rest, I guess you could say, is history… or is it?
+ Highly moisturizing toner with Jeju lava sea water for revitalizing and firming skin.
+ Lava sea water with special activating agents and special mineral delivers hydration energy deep into your skin for anti-aging care.
+ Jeju lava sea water containing active 3 kinds of moisture factor and natural moisture factor strengthens skin moisture barrier for firming care.
+ Rich water formula instantly provides moisture to your skin and helps better absorptions of next skin-care products.
+ Contains Jeju lava seawater 84.6%.
Sea Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Betaine, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Adenosine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Jeju Lava Seawater: Claimed to be a type of antioxidative water which maintains a constant temperature and pH level regardless of environmental conditions due to its composition and level of salt. The deeply hydrating anti-aging properties aids in stimulating and replenishing the skin with moisture while enhancing moisture retention for moist, firm and dense skin.
Other notable ingredients:
Betaine: An amino acid which is also known as trimethylglycine or glycine betaine. Functions primarily as a humectant and anti-irritant. Able to temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance.
Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract: A plant extract from the satsuma fruit, ie. a seedless mandarin orange. Aimed to tighten pores and brighten skin, however, like most citrus extracts, it may cause skin aggravation.
Orchid Extract: Helps to counteract signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it has reparative and protective properties.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from either Green Tea or White Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract: Also known as Tsubaki in Japanese. Extracts from the plant’s leaves in particular boast strong antioxidant benefits.
Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract: Also known as the extract from the prickly pear fruit. Has strong soothing properties and provides long-lasting hydration to the skin.
Adenosine: Beneficial in combating wrinkles, especially crow’s feet and frown lines. Also aids in smoothening out the texture of the skin.
How to use:
1. After cleansing, apply an appropriate amount to face and neck.
2. When using a cotton pad, gently glide saturated cotton pad over face.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Skin Review:
Now, I’ve always been on the fence with Innisfree. Though I do think that their marketing strategy as a natural beauty brand is smart, and even more so with endorsements by well-known celebrities (locally, I still see Yoona and Lee Min Ho everywhere when promotions are afoot), their tendency for long ingredient lists and strong scents have always been a personal deterrent.
But when I found my skin actually improving after using a few of their products in this Jeju Lava Seawater range (granted, they were all trial sized bottles), I found myself giving in and purchasing the toner when I saw it on sale.
The Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Skin is packaged in a sturdy deep blue-tinted bottle with a screw cap. The bottle is also noticeably transparent, which I personally like as I’m able to clearly see how much product is left in the bottle.
Application-wise, it’s similar to most other toners on the market – with a basic bottle opening and no pump dispenser. The texture is of the watery kind, and feels very lightweight on the skin, which makes it ideal for the famous 7 skin (or in my case, a maximum of 3, please) method. Though, I find that it also works well as a clarifying toner post-cleanse.
As with most Innisfree products, this definitely has a noticeable scent. For me, it’s in the moderate-strong range. But unlike the scent of the Green Tea line, which I greatly dislike, the scent for this line is fine.
Though, the more I use it, the more I find myself intentionally skipping it in my routine due to the overwhelming scent… which is weird, because I actually found myself quite liking the scent when I first used a trial-sized bottle of this toner months ago. So I have no idea.
Unfortunately, along with gradually finding the scent too much, I also found my opinion constantly shifting from “this is so nice and hydrating!” to “why does it sting my skin?” to just… “meh”.
I guess it just goes to show how you never really know if a product is really worth it unless you use it consistently and over an extended period of time.
So, overall, I guess I’d give it a rating of 3-3.5/5. I do like how it has a fairly short ingredients list – compared to most Innisfree products, anyway – but with how “natural” the brand touts itself to be, it really could do away with the intense fragrances.
I’ll work my way through to finish up the rest of the bottle because it’s not a bad product, but I’ll definitely not repurchase as it isn’t the best either.
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Have you tried Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Skin?
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