Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum Review:
Pyunkang Yul is a skincare brand launched from the renowned Pyunkang Oriental Medicine Clinic in Korea, which primarily treats atopic skin disorders. Aiming to revolutionize how you approach skincare, the brand advises to not just consider your skin type, but to also consider your body and environment when choosing products.
Thus, the birth of a line of products targeting a healthy oil-moisture skin balance in conjunction with traditional Chinese medicine – a very interesting idea in the sea of trendy ingredients and advertising in the oversaturated K-Beauty market.
So, although I am a bit late to the PKY party (to the point that they’ve now launched a new ACNE line), I wanted to give a well-thought out review after a decent duration of time. With naturally heaty facial skin and doomed to a humid climate day in and day out, did the Moisture Serum work out well for me?
+ The moisture serum fully moisturizes your skin and helps you nourish softer, smoother and silkier skin texture. [Balance of moisture and oil] The serum provides perfectly optimized moisture balance for healthier skin care.
+ Balancing oil moisture levels: Thanks to balanced oil and moisture levels, the layer of oil prevents skin moisture from evaporating and maintains skin moisture levels.
+ Soft serum: Contains oil retaining skin moisture, and is suitable and gently usable even for sensitive skin.
+ Glossy oil: Preventing skin dryness, olive oil continuously imparts moisture, leaving skin moisturized.
SKINCARE DOWN LINE
What happens when your skin temperature is higher than optimal 31°C?
According to Korean herbal medicine theory, your skin loses moisture due to excessive heat and thus skin becomes drier.
Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum is recommended if:
You easily get warm and sweaty
Your skin tends to be shiny and oily
You have enlarged pores and are prone to breakouts related to excess sebum
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexandiol, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Arginine, Dimethicone.
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract: A Chinese herb, Huang-Qi, which is also commonly known as Milk Vetch Root Extract. Contains three components in particular which may have a positive impact on human health: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. It is rich in anti-oxidants, and works well as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent. However, there is little conclusive research on how it functions that way when applied topically.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil: Contains essential fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids, and also rich in vitamins A and E which are especially beneficial for dry skin. It helps provide antioxidant benefits due to its phenolic compounds as well.
Volume: 100ml / 3.3 fl.oz.
How to use:
1. Take out adequate amount with dropper.
2. Gently apply along skin texture and pat in gently for full absorption.
*TIP: It would be more effective if applied on dry area(s) again.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum Review:
Besides their ambition at formulating products with minimal yet effective ingredients, I must say that the thing which intrigued me most about Pyunkang Yul as a brand is their claims of balancing the skin’s oil and moisture levels by having their Basic Line separated into two streams, namely the “Temperature Up” and the “Temperature Down”.
Through this detailed write up on this separation by The Sesame Shop, it made selecting my first try at Pyunkang Yul products a breeze.
Although I face issues with my hands and feet getting cold quite easily, my face is more often affected negatively by heat – I sweat a lot and my face flush.
So looking at the guide, I immediately zoned in on the “Temperature Down” line, and considering I was lacking an emulsion in my routine, the Moisture Serum looked to be right up my alley based on its texture in online swatches.
Packaged in a sturdy outer box packaging, the actual product comes in a sleek translucent blue-tinted glass bottle with a dropper applicator.
I admit that one of the many things I like about Pyunkang Yul’s products is their aesthetically-pleasing minimalist packaging, but I must say that because it is glass, it’s definitely not travel friendly at all.
And in terms of the applicator, the dropper may seem like a pretty idea on paper, but in reality… the Moisture Serum would have benefited more from a pump or a squeeze-type packaging instead.
This is because the dropper really does not work that well at depositing product without leaving behind a considerable amount of residue in the pipette. I’m close to finishing this bottle, and I must say that I’m not anticipating the thought of not being able to get every ounce of product inside.
Texture-wise, it is of a lightweight watery milk consistency, which, as expected, works very well as a replacement in the emulsion step of my skincare routine. The scent is mild but noticeably of the medicinal-herbal variety, which is expected considering the brand’s background, so I can’t really complain.
In terms of the product’s effects on my heat-prone skin, I do really like it. Twisting open the cap and depositing about three drops of the serum per use, the product leaves a noticeable cooling feeling while lightly hydrating my skin.
It does leave a sort of “glowy” finish on the skin after application, but not to the point that it makes me look oily, so that’s nice.
I’ve been using the Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum on and off since early June, so that’s about five months now, and I’m almost out of product, which is sad considering I’ve really enjoyed using it.
When I was travelling, this was very much one of the staples in my routine as it almost always made my skin calmer and less dehydrated; even managing to sometimes clear up small pimples and smoothing my skin texture.
And it layers very well under and over various products I’ve taken in and out of my routine with no problems at all.
In conclusion, I’d give this a 4/5. If the packaging improved and moved away from the dropper applicator (again, pretty… but impractical in the long run), I might just give it a 5/5.
Sure, it might be pricey, but considering how long I’ve managed to use it and the wonderful effects I’ve gotten, I might give in and repurchase it one day.
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