Continuing my theme of soothing and relaxing products, today I want to talk about a Korean skincare product, which is the It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Emulsion. Normally I get hold of my Korean skincare from online stores, but this particular product was one I found by chance in TK Maxx, retailing in their store for £5.00 on sale (the red sticker as opposed to the normal white sticker). I thought this was a bargain, and if you’re looking to find this online, you’re looking at prices between £8.50-14.00 depending on where you shop.
This is the first product I’ve tried by It’s Skin, so I was really excited to see how this product would work out for me. For my skincare routine, I fit this in my night time routine to use after my serum. This is essentially my replacement for a night time moisturiser as I find they’re too heavy and don’t always absorb in my skin fast enough. So instead of using conventional moisturisers, I’ve transitioned emulsions into my routine instead as they’re not only faster to absorb into my skin, but also friendlier for my oily and sensitive skin which feels suffocated by heavy formulas.
So what does the product claim to do? I’m going to quote the side of the box it came in, since it didn’t want to photograph properly:
Aloe line gives soothing effect, finding pure of skin including aloe barbadensis leaf extract with skin care effect. It leaves moisture and gives clear skin for you. Work[s] for all types of skin.”
So to sum up, aloe is the key ingredient which soothes and moisturises to help keep skin clear. It claims to work for all skin types, although I personally think it’s targeted particularly for more sensitive skin types, as aloe skin care lines typically target this skin type. That isn’t to say I think other types can’t use aloe-based skin care products, but I think indirectly it’s designed to appeal to a certain demographic – myself, included, which is stressed, congested or uncomfortable skin.
The emulsion itself does feel really refreshing on the skin, and has a cooling effect on the skin. I think this is amplified by the glass bottle, which keeps the product a little bit cooler than a plastic bottle. I might be imagining things, so don’t treat this as fact. It isn’t the fastest formula I’ve used in terms of absorption, but compared to night time and even most day time moisturisers, it absorbs faster.
I tried to photograph a swatch of the formula, but my camera refuses to focus properly, so I apologise for a lack of visuals for this. The formula though, is a mildly-green tinged cream-serum texture, and spreads easily over the skin. I prefer to pour a small amount onto the palm of my hand, rub my hands together to spread it over both hands, then pat the product over my face. Doing this works best for me, as it allows me to apply a light layer over the entire face, and let’s me use only a small amount of the product to do it. “A little goes a long way” is one of my favourite policies for cosmetics, and this holds true to this product too, which I’m really happy about. I’ve been using this product for roughly 4-6 months, and have barely made a dent inside the bottle.
Returning to the packaging though, I want to focus on my only major fault with this product. For a product that uses a glass bottle, the packaging isn’t particularly ergonomic as you have to pour it out without the assistance of a pump, and the limitations of glass means you can’t squeeze the container either. This is quite inconvenient for me, as it can make it tricky to pour a reliable amount out – you have to hit the palm of your hand and hope the right amount pours out.
If I could change the packaging myself, I’d replace the glass bottle with a plastic one and use a pump. Another issue of the glass bottle is that I do not feel comfortable traveling with it, as I’m terrified the glass bottle will break from any minor movements if I put this in a suitcase, travel bag, even if I tried to make-shift bubble wrap it in clothes. You could compromise to an extent by pouring this into a travel bottle which has a pump and plastic packaging, but I think It’s Skin could take some accountability for this design choice.
Does this mean I hate the product? No. The formula is great, it has yet to break me out, or just not provide anything for me. But I am hesitant to repurchase this product because I’m confident I can find better alternatives with more ergonomic packaging that are a better fit for my specific needs. However, if the glass bottle or the dispenser (or lack of one, I suppose?) isn’t a factor that bothers you, I think this is definitely worth the investment, especially if you can find a good deal on it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I have more posts scheduled for this week, so I hope you’ll check them out. I hope you are happy and healthy and if you have any suggestions for other serums, emulsions to try out, please leave a comment to let me know.