Thursday, August 13, 2015

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence | Review

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Skin Care line is based on Jeju's natural advantage of having volcanic clay clusters that come with superior sebum absorption and pore care capabilities.

Fun Fact: "Jeju Volcanic Clay, known as "the gift from god" found in nature, is alkalescent; empowered with nutrients and the ability to control sebum, remove dead skin cells, eliminate blackheads and purify pores. The yield is taken from the only uncontaminated part of Jeju, making it practically free of any impurities."

Last year, I wrote reviews for most of the products from this Jeju Volcanic line, and I will list them down at the end of this post with review links attached.

Today, I will be writing the long-awaited review on Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence, which I delayed for about year because I stopped using it for awhile due to dry skin issue.

Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence is a sebum control essence enriched with jeju volcanic cluster and green complex from pure jeju island, which help to control excessive sebum, remove shine and tighten loose, sagging pores.

It has 4-Free System — Free of parabens, mineral oil, animal ingredients and colorants

Usage: Pump out an appropriate amount and apply it all over your face.

Step: Cleanser — Toner — Lotion — Essence

The product comes in a plastic bottle with a plastic pull-off cap.


It also comes with a pump dispenser, which makes it easy to withdraw the essence.


The essence has a watery-like texture that feels lightweight. It goes on smoothly and gets absorbed quickly, but it does leave a very mild sticky residue on the skin.


It has a floral scent, which smells like the toner and lotion from Jeju Volcanic line.

Tried and Tested

As usual, let's put it into a test...

"Moisture & Oil Test"
on my very oily nose.

Here's the measurement guidelines for you to refer back to later:

*P.S. Analyzing Standards:
The standard value of moisture level is 38%++, 3-5 bars (normal to very moisturized).
The standard value of oiliness (skin type) is 3 bars (normal). - means balanced, which is neither too oily nor too dry.
The standard value of cells (roughness/softness) is average/soft.

BEFORE applying the essence:


AFTER applying the essence:

Skin's moisture increased from 44% to 46%; but the bars remained at 4 bars.
Oiliness decreased from 5 bars to 4 bars.
Skin's cells (.aka. skin texture) remained soft.

- *Results shown are after cleansing with toner and gel lotion applied.* -

Each time I apply this essence, it makes my skin feels smoother to the touch. But I didn't see a dramatic difference on my pores after a month of using this essence. However, I noticed the appearance of my pores has improved a lot after using this for over four months. Well...my pores are still there, but they are less visible now~!

In terms of oil-controlling, it did help to reduce sebum production and make my oily-prone areas feel less oily (as shown in the analyzing test). But in terms of moisturizing, in my opinion, it didn't help much. I guess that is the biggest drawback of this product.

Hence, if you have dry skin, I wouldn't recommend this. But if you have oily-combination skin like me, you can just apply it to area where it is oily-prone and/or has pore concerns. That's what I did because when I applied it to the whole face, it made my dry-prone areas to become drier. So far, it hasn't cause breakouts or irritations on my sensitive skin thus, I concluded it is sensitive-skin friendly.

Overall conclusion, it does what it claimed — helps to control sebum and tighten the pores in the long run. Aside from that, it is a good pore treatment to use after using a nose strip.

The following are other Jeju Volcanic Line products I have tried:
- Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

They are all attached with links, so if you are interested, you can click on them to read the reviews. :)

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