Iunik Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum Review:
Sometimes I wonder if it is me or if is human nature to be self-contradictory. On one hand we look for value for money, but on the other hand when products seem too inexpensive compared to similar in the range, there are doubts over its efficacy and authenticity.
I chanced upon the brand Iunik and liked its packaging simplicity as well as the reasonable price point. But really, what brand is this? And for the product claims, the pricing seemed too good to be true. After googling on it, alas with limited information found, I decided to take the plunge anyway.
So this is what I found for sharing – Iunik is from South Korea and a newbie to the (I would say) very saturated skincare industry, having entered only in November 2016. Its name actually stands for Ideal, Unique, Natural, Ingredients, Know-how. Although the brand is new, the company apparently has more than 10 years of experience in skin care and cosmetics products, mainly exporting out of South Korea.
It offers quite a number of products and I decided on the Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum because my dehydrated skin really needs help.
+ Creates a moisturizing force field that around your skin cells that comforts with hydration and shields from oxidation.
+ Supports skin’s moisture barrier with a smooth canvas that repairs and nourishes sensitivity and redness.
+ Suitable for all skin types and addresses a host of skin conditions such as dryness, oiliness, sensitivity, uneven skin texture, fine lines and acne.
How to use:
1. Apply serum after toner.
2. Put serum on face and gently pat to even out the application.
3. Apply moisturizer.
*Moisturizer can be skipped if satisfied with the level of hydration.
My skin type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging
Iunik Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum Review:
How often have you come across a one-ingredient skincare product? I have not. And am rather amazed that this lists Beta-Glucan as the only ingredient. A bit of technicals first; Beta-Glucan occur most commonly as cellulose in plants, oats, mushrooms and such. They are useful antioxidants and are said to be able to penetrate deeply into the skin thus providing high efficacy in terms of stimulating collagen production, hydration and inflammatory properties.
The viscosity of this serum is somewhat thicker than others I have used, but not to the extent of being sticky and yucky. If you look at the photo, to clarify, I am not trying to be stingy when doing up the review. That’s how much serum that gets pump out with each press because of the thin dropper and its small tip.
Also because of its thicker viscosity, it just shows up as a tiny droplet size. But the serum spreads very well and I do not need that many drops for the entire face. It also absorbs well. So I do expect this bottle of 50ml to last quite some time. Good that it is a transparent bottle that allows sight of how much is left.
It has a smell which I can’t quite describe. Not floral or perfume-y or citrusy. Just…a (faint) smell. It goes away quite fast though, so no worries to those scratching their heads what to make sense of what I am saying. My apology.
The serum claims to “stimulate collagen synthesis by working its way into the deeper dermis of the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles”. Frankly, while I remain hopeful, I always remind myself not to expect too much. It has not done much to my fine lines and wrinkles in this one month of usage. But I shall continue to watch if it may do more good after a longer period.
So other than this “disappointment”, I am pleased to say I do quite like this product. Upon application, I do notice my face appeared more hydrated and refreshed. I grew to like having this on my skin and sometimes I apply a thicker layer than needed. Caution though that a thicker layer will mean it takes longer to absorb and sometimes it may leave a sticky feeling.
Over this one month I have been using this, my redness due to sensitivity do seem reduced. To be honest, I cannot say with certainty if it is indeed attributed to this serum which claims to “soothes inflammation and sensitivity by rebuilding your skin’s moisture barrier” because my skin acts up as and when it likes. There were still a couple of days within the month of trial that I see redness, so I am unable to come to a sure conclusion.
Given that the beta glucan serum absorbs well, it should not worry those with oily skin. I think it should do well for dry skin too as it gave me the hydration I rarely feel from skincare products.
For the price and not too bad performance, this is likely to be a stayer in my stash. In fact, I am looking to try out Iunik’s other products.
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