*brushing off the dusts that accumulated after almost 3 months of no updates*
Annyeong, Everyone! I'm back yeayyyy!
It's been a busy semester
and as a diligent student, I barely have time to write blog posts.
and a longggg semester break has finally come! Now that I'm on a 3-month long semester break until the end of August, I have all the time in the world
well not literally to catch up on the mountains of product reviews that needs to be published. You might see me getting back with my diligent postings!
I celebrated my first few days of vacation by binge watching Love In Trouble which starred my handsome Ji Chang Wook and actress Nam Ji Hyun. Now that I caught up until the latest aired episode and having to wait for a week until the next episode airs, I have the spare time to write a blog post calmly
without worrying of any due dates.
My first comeback review after the hiatus is going to be on the I'm From Ginseng Serum (kindly provided to me for review purposes by Wishtrend*). I missed Wishtrend's reviewers recruitment for the ginseng serum and I am glad that Wishtrend provided a second chance for their affiliates the opportunity to receive the serum for free in exchange of our honest reviews by only paying for the shipping and handling fee. I jumped to the chance and only paid USD 9 (shipping fee to Brunei) for the serum. I also think that it was a great deal since the original price of the serum is USD 28.80. I was excited upon receiving this since I've seen people talking about it on Instagram and blogs. Now let's get into the review!
I'm From Ginseng Serum Review
What It Is? (taken from Wishtrend)
Naturally pamper your skin with Ginseng Serum.
Wrinkle improvement - Elasticity - Nourishes - Rejuvenates
Concentrated ginseng extract found in the Ginseng Serum enhances blood circulation
to make the complexion more fresh and lively. It then acts to replenish nutrients
to the skin to smoothen and restore youth. Fall in love with nature with the Ginseng Serum
today and let your skin thank you.
7.98% Ginseng Extract
Formulated with 7.98% concentrated ginseng extract, the Ginseng Serum is designed to naturally enhance blood circulation to make your complexion look more lively while replenishing the necessary nourishments for healthier, younger skin. Tired of losing elasticity in your skin? Give your skin the energy boost it needs with the Ginseng Serum.
Ginseng extract penetrates deep into the skin to increase elasticity and make the complexion more luminous from the inside out.
The highly-concentrated Ginseng extract tightly adheres to the skin, working to add elasticity to flat, lifeless skin.
The concentrated antioxidant properties of the Ginseng extract purifies skin that is fatigued from external stimuli and accumulated waste.
Those who want nourishment & enrichment.
Those who have fatigued, malnourished skin.
Those who want wrinkle repair & skin rejuvenation.
The serum came in a pretty brown box!!!! I have been reading reviews of this serum while I was waiting for my package to arrive and what I can compile from the reviews is that most of them are complaining about the serum's scent.
Product expires on 25th January 2020.
Hard glass bottle with a dropper. Content is 30ml.
I have no problem with the dropper and it works well.
6-year-old 7.98% Ginseng extract
Because ginseng extract is made with a moisture content of less than 14%, it is possible to store the taste, scent and active ingredients of ginseng in a concentrated state for a long time. Meticulous control of temperature, time and pressure is required until one ginseng is made into ginseng extract. Through this process, a new active ingredient unique to ginseng extract was discovered. The I’m from rejuvenating serum is formulated with the concentrate of high-quality ginseng extract at its purest.
From Geumsan County, South Chungcheong Province
Korea’s Geumsan County is home to a species of Korean ginseng that has a history of 1,500 years. Due to its great natural environment, it has been evaluated as the ideal location to cultivate ginseng of the highest quality in the world. Geumsan ginseng contains about 30 various saponins, including ginsenoside, while western ginseng on the other hand contains only 13~15 kinds of saponin, which is half of that of Geumsan ginseng. The I’m from rejuvenating serum is formulated ginseng extract created from the best ginseng cultivated from Geumsan County.
** Ginsenoside : Contrary to Saponin, which is found in an abundance of various other plants, this is a component that carries special pharmacological efficacy, found only in Ginseng.
During the process of turning ginseng into ginseng extract, changes occur in the percentage of its main components. Ten components that aren’t originally present in ginseng, or were only present in small quantities - such as antioxidants and heavy metal detoxing agents - are newly formed or multiply in content.
The [I’M FROM] Ginseng Line is formulated with ginseng extracts to give antioxidant benefits to the skin.
Full Ingredients List
Water, Red Ginseng Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Panax Ginseng Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Angelica Pubescens Root Extract, Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethoxydiglycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
3 Promises of I'm from
Ingredient Transparency - Honest Materials - No Harmful Additives
We at I’m from keep these three promises for each and every product we deliver to you.
How To Use
1) After cleansing, apply an adequate amount to the face, and spread out into a thin layer using the tips of your fingers.
2) After applying the serum, gently wrap the area with the palms of the hand and use the heat to help the skin absorb the nutrients.
3) Use daily at morning and night for best results.
First off, I want to clarify about the scent. Many people are complaining about it but for me, I can still bear the smell. My nose senses a sharp ginseng smell but others think it smells too florally. It doesn't smell florally at all to me but if you have a sensitive nose, you might not like the how this serum is strongly scented. In other case, I read that someone described the smell as a 'strong chinese medicine'. The smell dissipates after application and doesn't linger, I'm not sure if thats the case with other users.
Okay now, the texture. It is thick, light yellowish-brown colour and not so runny. It dries a bit sticky on my face so I had to wait for 5~10 minutes until it is fully absorbed so I can continue with my next skincare step.
After a few days of patch testing, I am happy to report that this serum doesn't break me out into pimples or acne. There are a number of anti-aging ingredients such as red ginseng water, panax ginseng, adenosine, betaine and root extracts for wrinkle improvements. Green Tea Leaf Extract is present too for soothing and antioxidant. I have been using this serum for almost 3 weeks now and heres what I can say about it. Before that I want you guys to note that my current skin type is balanced, clogged prone, acne prone and having acne scars. I used to be oily and dehydrated oily.
♥ No breakouts
♥ Gives a hydrating layer to retain moisture day and night.
♥ Doesn't make my skin oily.
♥ I'm still young but I think my skin benefited from its anti-aging benefits.
Other than that, I am not sure if it is doing anything to my skin.
♥ I think this causes my pores to clog. I have a stubborn clogged comedone on near my mouth and I think it is because of the serum. I was the only new product that I introduced into my routine. I think I am going to stop using it due to this. Clogged poes take long to treat.
♥ I read reviews on the product page on Wishtrend (I'm From Ginseng Serum page) that the serum helps to ease acne and help fade acne scars. It unfortunately doesn't do that to me.
♥ Smell may be too strong for sensitive noses.
♥ You know what? I don't know what else it does to my skin other than providing a hydrating layer in my skincare routine and for wrinkle prevention.
My Overall Thoughts...
At this age, I don't think my skin benefit much from this serum. Maybe a mature skin type will notice a difference in their skin condition with the anti-wrinkle benefit and making the skin elastic (my skin has always been elastic thanks to my oil production before). I don't think I would want to use this serum again as it causes clogging.
Where to buy?
USD 28.80 + Free shipping at Wishtrend.com*
Links marked with * are affiliate links. I will gain a small commission if you complete a purchase to these links. It will act as a donation to myself and I'll appreciate that.
Product is provided by Wishtrend for free. I paid USD 9 (shipping fee to my country) to get to review this honestly.