Innisfree Eco Science Serum Review

The YS Beauty Lab

It’s perfectly acceptable to space out when faced with over 30,000 – and counting – products to choose from. That’s how many items the YesStyle Beauty department features on a daily basis. But even when confronted with such an astounding amount, sooner or later one tends to go back to a trusted brand. For me, that would be Innisfree.

I first tried their Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask almost a year ago and liked it so much that it’s now a staple in my skincare routine. While I’d like to think I don’t have wrinkles yet, it’s never too late to start slathering on the anti-aging gels and creams. So I decided to amp up the skincare with Innisfree Eco Science Serum.

Excellence for Eco-Friendliness
I’m happy to note that Innisfree continues to be faithful to their earth-friendly philosophy. Aside from their 100%-recyclable product packaging, the brand has developed and expanded their product lines (which include the Eco Science Serum) that carry the logo of ECOCERT, an international inspection and certification body specializing in organic agricultural products.

Eco Science Serum boasts natural ingredients sourced from marine plants found in the waters of Jeju Island in South Korea. The Vitamin A- and mineral-rich extracts are said to rejuvenate aging skin and stimulate the skin’s natural self-protecting mechanisms. Among the listed ingredients are purified water, lavender, seaweed, chamomile, and green tea and orange extracts. The seaweed plays a key role in the prevention of wrinkles, and is also the main ingredient in Korean seaweed soup, which is eaten by pregnant women to help the body quickly restore skin elasticity after childbirth.

Youth in a Bottle?
I expect most serums to be either clear or creamy white so I was surprised to find that the pump bottle dispensed a fluid that looks like liquid brown sugar. The texture is watery but once it’s fully absorbed into the skin, the serum leaves a just barely-there sticky feeling. There’s also a slight herbal scent which I attribute to the many natural ingredients in the formula.

The instructions said I should gently spread the serum over my face and neck after cleansing, and then pat lightly until absorbed. However, I decided to skip the last part and just smoothed on the product instead. Apart from the ever-so-slightly sticky feeling, the product left no residue or irritating smell on my skin.

The product information said I should see results in as little as four weeks but I’m not really expecting any miracles. However, I’m glad to discover that adding the serum to my dermatologist-prescribed skincare regimen hasn’t caused any irritation. Mind you, I’m only using the serum two to three times a week instead of daily but I believe it has contributed to the faster healing and renewal of my skin. I’m quite happy about that!

The Verdict
At US$32 for a 50ml bottle, the Eco Science Serum is not exactly cheap but it has a lot of good things going for it. In a nutshell:

  • It’s made of all-natural ingredients
  • It’s ECOCERT-certified organic
  • It uses 100% recyclable packaging
  • It’s gentle on the skin (Even my skin!)
  • I’m hoping that as the weather gets cooler in Hong Kong and my skin improves, I will start to see more of this serum’s benefits. This product definitely has my vote and Innisfree remains one my favorite brands!

    The YesStyle Beauty Lab Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★