Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum review – Is it worth your money?

innisfree green tea seed serum

Innisfree Green Tea toner claims

  • Moisturizing and nourishing serum – with Beauty Green Tea that helps to open up the water passageway to deliver moisture to dehydrated skin.
  • The first serum after cleansing – Instantly replenishes moisture lost from cleansing for a soft, glowing complexion.
  • Dual-Moisture-Rising Technology™ – A balanced blend of Jeju green tea extract and green tea seed oil work together to help maintain the skin’s oil to moisture balance and retain moisture longer.

Ingredients of Innisfree Green Tea seed serum

Water / Aqua / Eau, Propanediol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance / Parfum, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tromethamine, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sucrose.

Understanding major ingredients in innisfree green tea seed serum

  • Alcohol is the 3rd ingredient in the list which means it has high concentration of the alcohol, making it unsuitable for sensitive & dry skin people.
  • Fragrance is listed very high up in the ingredient list which might not suit to people with acne prone skin & sensitive noses.
  • Contains ingredients which are not fungal acne safe as per breakdown on skincarisma.
  • Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract) which is the main ingredient is listed among the last few ingredients which means the % is very less while green seed oil is listed high in the list but it may not be suitable for skins with active acne.

Price and Availability

Rs 1950 ($26 approx.) for 80 ml. Available on nykaa.com & yesstyle.

My experience with Innisfree green tea seed serum

Packaging

I just loved the opaque green color packaging which is very much travel friendly. The pump dispenser makes it very easy to dispense the right amount of product assuring no wastage.

Texture

The texture is transparent gel like neither too runny nor too thin. It is light weight and feels very smooth & hydrating on skin. Its completely non sticky & non greasy making it suitable to be used in summers & humid weather.

Innisfree green tea seed serum texture is lightweight & non greasy
Texture of innisfree green tea seed serum

How Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum helped my skin

As a Hydrator: The first impressions of this serum were really good and I was quite impressed with the non greasy hydration it gives post cleansing. The time when I bought this, my skin was working fine and added fragrance was not an issue for me, so I used it conveniently in my morning skin care routine before Vitamin C serum. It sinks in immediately without any stickiness on skin (probably due to presence of alcohol in it).

As a buffering moisturizer: I used to mix it with my new Vit C serum and it worked perfectly fine as it doesn’t have any added exfoliating actives. Thus can be used as a buffering product while using potent irritating active based products in your routine. It slightly moisturizes the skin without making it feel heavy, thus extremely suitable for oily skin in humid weather conditions.

Why Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum didn’t impress me much?

Not of any benefit for acne prone & sensitive skin: Being an acne prone skin, I keep on facing mild to moderate acne. When I used this serum during my irritated & inflamed skin days, it didn’t help at all in calming my skin. I didn’t observe any reduction in redness & itching after using it.

Too much added fragrance: The fragrance is very very high & it lingers upon even after applying the product. Its my mistake that I haven’t observed that fragrance is listed very high in the ingredient list. I develop so much reluctance towards it that I didn’t feel like putting it on my sensitive irritated skin after a month.

Not safe for active fungal acne skin: This product is a big no for the skin going through fungal infection or any kind of rashes. The reason is it has alcohol which can dry out the skin harming the skin barrier further. It also has green seed oil listed high in ingredient list which can aggravate the fungal infection. When I developed sudden rashes & fungal acne due to bad reaction from some skincare product, I used it once or twice & my skin just didn’t feel good with it at all. I skipped this serum completely from my routine after that.

Price outweighs the benefits: I found this serum really costly for the benefits it offers. It offers only temporary hydration which disappears quickly. I have used much better kbeauty hydrating serums & gels which not only calm down the skin but also are suitable for acne prone sensitive skin. Example: Neulii cica pepta repair serum, Benton aloe propolis gel, Purito centella green level serum.

How to use innisfree green tea seed serum

Post cleansing, take 2 pumps of the serum on hands. Massage it between palms and pat it all over face. It can be used in both morning and evening routines along with the use of other actives like vitamin C/AHA/BHA/Niacinamide.

Pros

  • Contains green tea which is rich in antioxidants
  • Hydrating serum
  • Good for normal to oily skin to provide immediate hydration
  • Can be used as a buffering product with actives.

Cons

  • Not suitable for sensitive acne prone skin
  • Added fragrance is too high
  • Not suitable for dry dehydrated skin as it contains alcohol
  • Can aggravate fungal acne on skin
  • Very costly
  • Has a temporary effect only
  • Doesn’t calm the redness & irritation on skin.
  • Too many ingredients but don’t provide any benefits except some hydration.

My recommendation

Though the first impressions of the innisfree green tea seed serum were good but I couldn’t tolerate it on my skin upon continuous usage. It offers no benefits except some mild hydration for normal to oily skin. I won’t recommend this product to anyone as I think its very costly and not worth the money. There are better products in kbeauty brands which provide better hydration to irritated, sensitive & dehydrated skins.

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