Updated: Sep 28, 2020
The True Care Set package contained a full size bottle of the Panthenol10 Moisture skin toner, a small bottle of the Non-Nano Sun Screen SPF 48 PA+++, mini samples of both of these as well as the Calamine 6.5 Cleanser, AC Ampoule, Moist Recovery Cream, CICA Intensive Balm & PHA Toner pads.
Since the toner was the only full size product, it will be difficult to determine how effective each product really is as it's not enough product to base on over a long period of time, so this review will be mostly informative and impressions.
Panthenol 10 Moisture Skin
This toner is named Panthenol 10 because it's formulated with 10% Panthenol to deeply moisturize the skin and help retain moisture throughout the day. This ingredient has soothing and repairing properties which means those suffering from inflammation, eczema and skin that has dealt with sunburn can all benefit from this. Panthenol accelerates the skin's healing process by turning into Pantothenic Acid when it's absorbed into the skin. Also called Vitamin B5, this compound is a water-soluble humectant which means it has the ability to attract and hold moisture.
I also want to take a quick moment to talk about Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract [ Green Tea ] which has amazing antioxidant, soothing and anti-pollution properties. It also does a great job at protecting the skin from collagen degradation and has a rich source of oil-soluble antioxidant to defend the skin of UVB damage and interrupting melanin production making it an anticarcinogen.
My personnal experience
Considering this toner was intended to help dehydrated skin, I can't say it really did much for me.
I didn't like the smell AT ALL. I know some people don't mind it, but I was unfortunately dreading my skincare routine because of this toner. It is a very watery toner, which I am used to, but again there were no noticeable improvements for my skin. I would love to know about someone's experience maybe someone with dry skin?
Non-Nano Sunscreen SPF 48 PA+++
This sunscreen is a physical, mineral based sunscreen that filters UVA as well as UVB rays. A detail that is very important for someone like me who has combination skin, is that it has been tested and proved to be a non-comedogenic sunscreen which means that there is little to no chance of this product clogging pores!
Additionally, one of the main ingredients in this sunscreen is CICA which has a HUGE line of good benefits to suit all skin types, even those with sensitized, acne prone skin, psoriasis, eczema, scarring and cellulite. What I did find absolutely interesting is that it has BLUE LIGHT protection [ part of the visible light spectrum, also known as High Energy Visible light - HEV ], something that I have yet to come across very often in a product but seeing much more of lately. Although there are not enough studies yet to conclude the side effects of blue light, there are good enough evidence to show that this visible light will contribute to brown spots on the skin as well as hyperpigmentation like malasma. The side effects are not so much instant but more cumulative [ which means you will notice them more over time. ]
My experience with Non-Nano
Unfortunately, although this sunscreen has great potential it just wasn't for me in terms of texture and white cast.
White as Snow. Have you ever watched Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas", "Corpse Bride" or "Sweeney Todd" ? Well, this is to let you know that this sunscreen is very unforgiving in terms of white casts. I am fairly tan [ maybe more olive? ] and this is without going outside for the purpose of tanning which I don't do by the way. When I applied the sunscreen it made me look so pale I looked sick, and unfortunately even after waiting until the next application [ around 2-3 hours later ], it still didn't absorb into my skin enough that it went away.
So all of you out there who are part of the "fairest of them all", this sunscreen can only be worn by you! I'm talking about you who's skin is so fair, you buy your foundation from AprilSkin [ if you're into the Kbeauty trend ] or the Jorunn shade by Idun Minerals Nordic Veil. If you haven't heard from them, click here to shop for their foundation ( Free shipping to US ), or to scope out their website for more Scandinavian beauty goods.
Calamine 6.5 Cleanser
This cleanser has a pink tint to it and claims to be gentle enough for daily use and after doing a little research I also found out it can be used as a body cleanser as well!
The formula contains ingredients such as rosemary leaf oil, orange oil, tea tree oil, citric acid, lemon oil which could all cause skin irritation so if you are part of the sensitive skin group I'd suggest avoiding this cleanser or using it sparingly if you really want to try it. But always patch test first!
On the other hand, the formula contains a bunch of other ingredients that can benefit your skin if you have oily/acne prone or dry skin. Camellia Japonica Leaf extract, known for it's skin softening properties, Glycerin which is good for dry skin, Tea tree which is good for fighting acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, Citric Acid has anti-aging properties and helps unclog pores. Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract [ green tea ] which has a wide array of benefits such as antioxidants, skin hydration [ reduces TEWL, Trans Epidermal Water Loss ], anti-inflammatory, anti-aging [ repairs DNA damaged by UV radiation and protect the skin from UVB.
Although this cleanser claims to not be stripping, it didn't leave my skin feeling plump and hydrated, but leaving my skin feeling paper-y dry so I would always rush to grab my toner.
I enjoyed a pleasant sensory experience, once the cleanser foams you can expect to indulge in lots of bubbles! There is a mild fragrance but nothing overpowering.
AC Soothing Ampoule
One of the products I really wish came in full size. Unlike other ampoules I've tried in the past, this one is very watery which I am not used to so this was unexpected. Since I only had 2 samples it was difficult for me to determine my experience with it.
Here's what you need to know:
Ampoules are essentially a supercharged essence with active ingredients to help you target specific skin concerns such as anti-aging, pigmentation, acne etc. This ampoule is formulated with Propolis, Hyaluronic Acid and D-Panthenol. So it's safe to say that this ampoule would be great for anyone wanting to target acne or excess sebum. Which is why I was so disapointed of the sample size as I deal with excess sebum and would've loved to see this product to it's full potential.
Even though this ampoule was very watery, I enjoyed using it very much. It felt like I was getting all the goods left in a sheet mask pouch, but without the sheet mask!
That being said, it absorbed fairly quickly into my skin and didn't leave any traces of sticky feeling and felt really soothing.
Moist Recovery Cream
This was one of my least favourite products of this line. My skin really doesn't like rich, thick moisturizers which is pretty much what this one is. The only thing I did notice about this moisturizer is that it didn't leave an oily finish on the skin which was nice.
Formulated with ingredients such as Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract [ which has antioxidant, protective and antimicrobial properties making this great for oily skin ], the formulation also contains a long list of ingredients that are bad for oily/ acne prone skin such as: Glyceryl Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol [ a comedogenic ], Stearic Acid [ comedogenic ], Palmitic Acid [ a comedogenic ], Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Mythylglucose Distearate.
On the bright side, if acne and comedogenic ingredients aren't an issue for you, then you should be fine! Also, if you have dry skin, there is also Panthenol & Glycerin in the formula to help hydrate your skin.
Since she was THICK I decided to apply a small amount as my night moisturizer, but unfortunately woke up with clogged pores the next morning.
When products lead to pore cloggage it's a hard pass for me. No need for a second round.
CICA Intensive Balm
I wasn't too sure what to expect with this one, because it has the word " balm " in it I assumed it would have a waxy texture and be very occlusive. Rather than that, this intensive balm is formulated with ingredients mainly making it an emollient which means it's a great candidate if you're looking to target skin barrier restoration!
Three ingredients to be excited about
There are a few ingredients in this product that will suit dry skin types such as Panthenol [ which moisturizes the skin ] & Glycerin [ a humectant that draws moisture from it's surroundings to the top layers of your skin and keeps it right there! ]. It also contains Squalane as a top ingredient [ Essentially a super star moisturizer that has emollient & TEWL - Epidermal Water Loss properties and leaves no heavy or greasy finish ].
It feels very lightweight upon application and fresh, absorbs quickly into the skin and has a soft mattifying finish.
I would love to see this product to it's full potential on a long term use. I was only using it a spot treatment but didn't get to see much happening with the amount provided.
PHA Toner Pad
Toner pads are a good way to taking care of business post-cleansing. This product is formulated with ingredients to help reduce skin irritation. My all time favourite chemical exfoliator is used in this product, PHA or Polyhydroxy Acid. This one is great especially if you have dry or sensitive skin because it will cause less irritation due to it's larger molecular size, meaning it won't penetrate deep into the skin and focus on the surface instead to remove dead skin cells. You can find out more about PHA here.
This cotton pad was generously saturated with the product and swiping across the face and neck was a breeze and felt great & there were no signs of drying afterwards.
I think this product would be safe to use at least 2 - 3 times weekly if you are new to chemical exfoliators or if you have sensitive/ reactive type skin. It is advertised as suitable for all skin types, but it's always good to patch test first!
The final takeaway
Out of all the products from Innisfree's TrueCare set, I would only repurchase the AC Soothing Ampoule, CICA Intensive Balm as well as the PHA Toner Pads.
Because the toner has 10% Panthenol as a top ingredient, I can definitely see it benefiting those with dry & dehydrated skin [ bad sunburn? consider adding this to your routine before a decent aloe vera soothing moisturizing gel ]. I unfortunately couldn't get over the smell. I would advise a patch test if you have sensitive skin since there is citric acid in the formula that could potentially be irritating. The Non-Nano SPF was a HARD pass since it never fully set into my skin and made me look sickly as much as I wanted to love it. The moist recovery cream felt nice, but my skin can't take thick creams without getting clogged pores. Personally, my skin deals better with cleansers that have a pH of 4.5 - 5, since the Calamine cleanser has a pH of 6.5 it didn't leave my skin hydrated enough but more on the tight side which nobody wants. It's unfortunate since the cleansing experience itself is great.
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This was a full Try Me Review me article on Innisfree's TrueCare Set generously sent by Style Korean. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos are original and taken by me.