I used to settle for any products I’d receive from office, or else buy almost anything from Tony Moly, The Face Shop, Etude House (yes yes, I’m a Korean product fanatic, you get the gist). They were cheap and good, and did the job.
However, ever since I unearthed a bottle of this in the dust-ridden corner of the CLEO office and brought the poor orphan home, my entire skincare regime has changed completely. 85% of my skincare products (and salary) are from Sulwhasoo 설화수 or 雪花秀. In fact, majority of Korean women use Sulwhasoo. Always envied their snow-white skin? Now you know their secret (besides plastic surgery, of course).
My first impression of this brand can be summarised in one word – “Huh?” I mean seriously, from a Singaporean perspective, anything related to TCM and herbs = bad-smelling patches and a middle-aged lady massaging the bejeezus out of you while you yelp and squirm. It’s even worse when that middle-aged sinseh is your aunt, and your 30-something year-old cousin is happily snapping photos of your agonised face and posting them on Facebook.
But, I digress.
- The packaging was unimpressive (brown and plain), smelled of herbs, and was barely heard of.
- The First Care Serum 윤조에센스 (pronounced Yoon Jo E-sen-seu) was absorbed almost instantly, and the herb scent seemed to have a therapeutic calming effect upon me.
- 2 weeks to a month after I used it, there was a noticeable difference to my skin – I kid you not. The pores were smaller and the skin tone was evened out. I was sold.
- Even my dork of a brother, who rarely gives two hoots about his skin, started sneaking into my room and using my First Care Serum. He liked that it smelled good, absorbed easily, had no sticky residue, and made his skin smoother. I’m not sure whether that’s true, considering the fact that he rarely shaves and looks like a 1.69m version of Hagrid.
- I use it once a day (it’s too much of a luxury for me to use twice a day). Cleanse – tone – first care serum. Sometimes, I get lazy and it’s just cleanse +first care serum.
- On the rare occasion that I decide to be extravagant and apply it in the day before I go out, I find that it makes my skin smoother and makeup glides on more easily. It’s like liquid Glad Wrap for your face that allows it to breathe.
- I’m into my 3rd bottle already, and next week, I’m zipping off to Korea again to grab another bottle. If Sulwhasoo was priced at Tony Moly / The Face Shop prices, I’d have bought a carton to bathe it in.