Hello everyone! My name is Brittany. I am one of many teachers who have come to Korea to teach English and learn more about Korean culture. While here, one of my goals is to learn more about Korean Beauty or K-Beauty products and try them out. The world of K-Beauty is new and exciting to me. My hope is that I can learn as I go along and share my experience with a fresh pair of eyes to everyone here. One thing to bear in mind is that I am not an expert on any skin care and will be approaching the subject accordingly This will be my first blog article so feel free to let me know if you have any tips or advice. Today, I will be reviewing a three products from Innisfree line called Fig Brightening.
A Little About This Line and the Company
Photo: Innisfree logo from their website [http://global.innisfree.co.kr/global/en/eng_Philosophy.jsp]
Innisfree is a popular international brand that has been around for over 17 years. This brand is known for using organic ingredients in their products. From my preliminary research, this line primarily focuses on balancing and brightening your skin.
The Fig Brightening Scrub Cleanser includes fig fruit extract, centella asiatica extract, and fig fruit powder as the primary ingredients. This cleanser is a foam cleanser used to exfoliate, moisturize, and brighten the skin. For those who are as curious as I was about what these ingredients do, fig serves as an anti-aging ingredient that both controls oil and sebum, as well as moisturize and brighten the skin. Centella asiatica is a plant that can be used to help keep skin plump and moisturized with antioxidants. For those who have eczema, scars, and/or blemishes; this ingredient helps treat and improve these conditions.
The Fig Brightening Skin Toner serves a similar purpose with fig fruit extract, niacinamide,, and panthenol as the primary ingredients. This toner is designed to help make skin clear and bright without containing ethanol. Instead, this toner contains a slightly acidic pH to help balance the skin and Nacinamide or Vitamin B4 to treat acne, reduce pores, fix uneven skin, and other common skin problems. Pathenol is a natural alcohol that your body produces to create Vitamin B5. This allows the toner to penetrate further into the lower layers of the skin to hydrate and nourish the skin.
The last product, Fig Brightening Sun Cream, protects your skin from the sun and help improve the skin’s tone and texture using fig fruit extract, centella asiatica extract, and fig fruit powder as its primary ingredients. Calamine can be used to reduce acne scars and blemishes, as well as reducing skin agitation and itchiness. Chia seed extract is an interesting ingredient for a sun cream as it helps with reducing wrinkles, dryness, and oil that is trapped within your pores.
My Expectations and First Impression
From what I learned so far about the line and the ingredients in these products, I have quite a few expectations. While this line is advertised mainly as a brightening line, it purports to do much more than brightening. With all the benefits previously listed, it just seems too good to be true. Ideally, I believed that this product would make a huge difference on my combination sensitive/oily skin. It seems like this line is made for my skin type, as the ingredients are set to target common issues while balancing the skin.
My first few days with these products were quite enjoyable. These products overall smell nice and almost fruity, without having too strong of a smell. The foam cleanser is pretty thick so a little goes a long way. I also noticed that this product contains a lighter exfoliator than some of the ones I have tried back in the United States. Previous products have contained too much exfoliating elements, and it felt more like the soap was scratching my face rather than exfoliating it. With this soap, I do not feel that at all. It does feel like I am getting a deeper clean. After my first use, my face did feel softer and clean. Have you ever felt like some cleansers add more weight to your skin after washing it? This one does not do that. It actually felt like my skin got lighter and more moisturized than before I washed it. The toner felt light and did not agitate or sting my skin. Last, the sun cream did not feel cakey as I put it on and made my skin feel moisturized.
After Two Weeks of Consistent Use: How My Skin Has Changed
Two weeks of using these products made quite a difference to my skin. Overall, my skin has mostly cleared up and feels soft and clean. My skin has also become brighter and more moisturized. My pores have been reduced in size and is looking a lot better. I love the fact that I do not have to use a heaver foundation now to cover up my skin concerns and can now wear lighter makeup. While my skin has improved greatly, I have noticed that the toner did not make much of a difference on my skin. I cannot honestly tell if it has helped at all. At the very least, my skin does not feel stripped after using it nor does it burn. I did notice that after two weeks, my skin did dry out and peel. This may be due to my skin getting used to the new products or the weather changing from dry cold to dry warm. I cannot say. I do think that this line would be good line to try and use throughout the year. I would likely add a stronger moisturizer in the winter and a lighter one in the summer to these three products. If you are looking for skincare products that provide more of a balance to your skin, this is a good line to try.