Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam
Bought from: Althea Korea
Last October (my birthday month), I made an ALTHEA KOREA HAUL with the birthday points they credited me as one of the Althea Angels. I picked up some stuff which I haven't tried yet and will be useful for my skincare. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub is the very first item I did a test run with so you could say this is way past its due date. I have been using it for more than a month now and let's get into the details of what it's done for me.
Beauty experts always recommend to exfoliate at least once a week, to rid your skin of dead cells and promote the rejuvenation of new ones. The Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam is an exfoliator and cleanser rolled into one, and works by removing excess dirt and dead skin cells off your face, leaving you with skin that is healthily radiant and moisturized. Its special formulation of Jeju volcanic clusters and red clay work effectively to absorb sebum, yet is gentle enough to be used every day.
Product comes in a matte beige squeezable tube which is what I prefer for skincare items because of hygiene reasons and travel-friendly nature. I appreciate that it has all necessary information like benefits, directions for use, ingredients, caution and expiry date. The mouth is also sealed with aluminum upon purchase so that ensures you that the product inside is of top quality. It's one of the things I love about Althea Korea, all the items I've purchased since day 1 are all fresh stocks and arrived in good condition.
SCENT, TEXTURE AND EASE OF APPLICATION
The product has a creamy, slightly rough texture because of the scrub beads. I am not so sure what it's made of but since they are blackish brown in color and checking through the ingredient list, it might have been volcanic clusters. It feels slightly rough when applied but it feels really good. The scrubs aren't dense enough that it scrapes the skin, rather, they seem to break down in smaller pieces before they finally melt with the foam cleanser. This cleanser lathers so rich but not a pain to wash off. It also reeks of a clean scent which I like.
I've always trusted Innisfree's skincare products as ingredients are carefully sourced and are natural. They also seem to focus on targeting a specific concern with every skin care line they produce. There's the very popular Green Tea line and more and then there's the Jeju Volcanic where Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam belongs. The main ingredient is the Jeju Volcanic Ash Extract which has powerful purifying properties that draw out dirt and sebum from the pores. I've been using products with clay on it just for the fact that I have oily skin and I needed something to absorb excess oil and un-clog my pores. Aside from this, it also has Fermented Satsuma Extract which has anti-aging properties and helps to remove dead skin cells and Green Tea Extract that keeps skin hydrated all throughout the day. We all know for a fact that these ingredients has so much more to do than what's written.
I used to apply this foam cleanser once every day to twice-thrice a week. It's supposed to be the other way around, right? What happened? Though I like how it leaves my skin squeaky clean and refreshed, I find this cleanser to be drying. It totally strips my skin off its natural moisture which is why I needed a heavy duty moisturizer afterwards. It seems like it is working to absorb excess sebum on my skin and removes bumps and whiteheads effectively but as a result, my skin makes up for the loss of moisture by secreting more oil. The dryness is somehow uncomfortable which is why I limit usage to twice a week. This works well for me. I use it on those days I want to detoxify and when I badly need something to clear up rough areas and dullness and also whenever my skin seems like it's about to develop pimples. This cleanser just dry them out before they even become ripe bumps.
I guess this product's main selling point is the fact that it's a cleanser and a scrub in one. This saves you time and makes two skincare steps to just one which is the reason I probably would repurchase. Given that I find it drying considering that I have oily skin, I don't think those who have drier and more sensitive skin types will find it suitable for daily use.
If you are looking for an affordable cleanser and scrub in one, this will do. It's available through ph.althea.kr for only P390. Do let me know if you have questions! :)
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