It’s Skin Tiger Cica Calming Serum Review:
Rated quite highly on Hwahae (currently 4.43/5 stars) and not seeing it as readily available locally as the brand’s other lines at the time, I was excited to get my hands on the It’s Skin Tiger Cica Calming Serum when I traveled to Seoul early last year. And despite some initial hesitation, the sales assistant managed to convince me enough to warrant a buy (also helps that this specific line was on sale!); but, did it live up to my expectations?
“Contains 74% Centella Asiatica Extract. A low-acidic, low-irritating calming serum that moisturizes, calms and gently soothes the skin irritated by the external environment.”
Centella Asiatica Extract, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cyclopenthasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Dimethiconol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Xylitylglycoside, Anhydroxylitol, Water, Xylitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glucose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Asiaticoside.
Centella Asiatica Extract: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.
Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. Used primarily as a humectant as it has the ability to attract and retain moisture.
Madecassoside: Derived from the Centella Asiatica plant. Has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and stimulates fibrolasts that create collagen, hence strengthening the skin’s structure. Also contributes to anti-aging as it is an effective antioxidant.
*Note: Contains essential oils which are potentially sensitizing such as Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Ciratus Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil and Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.
How to use:
Apply an appropriate amount along the skin texture and gently pat to absorb.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
It’s Skin Tiger Cica Calming Serum Review:
It’s Skin’s Cica range has been on my radar for a number of years now, but as I try to avoid drying alcohols in my skincare whenever necessary, the Tiger Cica Gel Cream was a definite pass for me despite considerably good reviews. So when I scanned through the ingredients and saw this serum omitting the potentially harsh ingredient(s), I was over the moon – finally! I could try something from this range! But let’s just say that it didn’t turn out how I expected it to…
To start things off, this serum definitely boasts one of the prettiest skincare packaging I own – especially the whimsically-decorated outer box. Though the actual product packaging is simpler, it’s still quite nice as it gives off a minimalist feel. Application-wise, the bottle comes with a pump dispenser that works well in dispensing the serum in small amounts.
Texture-wise, it is of a light gel-cream consistency. While initially white and almost translucent in color when first pumped out, the serum turns clear and leaves a non-sticky finish once absorbed into the skin. Hence why I chose to use this product more as a light emulsion rather than a traditional serum; often using it as my daytime moisturizer under sunscreen.
Now here comes the kicker.
With the product apparently starring 74% Centella Asiatica Extract, I was definitely expecting It to be more soothing. Alas… nope. While I do find that it hydrates the skin decently, it does nothing other than that. And, fine, I was okay with that, really. But it took me quite a few months to realize that instead of soothing, this serum was doing the complete opposite for me.
Now, I actually didn’t think it was potentially causing negative effects to my skin at first – and, sure, when my skin is in a more balanced state (AKA no sensitive patches of redness or itchiness), I didn’t notice anything amiss – until a few days back in December where I had a terrible bad patch of itchiness on my cheek, and… I found that just a few minutes after applying this serum… the itchiness intensified. Yikes.
And it wasn’t until I looked into the ingredients carefully once more did I realize the abundance of potentially sensitizing essential oils included. So while, yes, the scent is quite pleasant and soothing for me – think something along the lines of spicy-herbal – if it freaks my skin out, it’s a no for me.
However, I can’t say that this product is particularly horrible because I’ve only experienced the noticeable irritation a handful of times, but if you’re looking for products to soothe your irritation-prone skin… please reconsider, especially if you suspect intolerance to any of the essential oils listed in the ingredients list above.
Overall, I’d still rate it a decent 3/5. It’s nice and lightly hydrating, but other than that, I don’t find it particularly special. As a visual-oriented person, I wish it worked better for me as I do like the packaging, but oh well.
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