Rovectin Cica Care Line – Purifying Toner, Balm, Sleeping Pack, and Dr. Mask Cica

Rovectin seems to be the new kid on the block in the K-beautysphere. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, this Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I’ve been sent the following products to test out from Rovectin’s Cica Care Line:

  • Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner
  • Rovectin Cica Care Balm
  • Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack
  • Rovectin Cica Care Dr. Mask Cica

The Cica Care Line focuses on irritated skin due to acne. Cica – Centella Asiatica – is the key ingredient in this line, alongside Calamine – remember the pink stuff we put on bug bites as kids? I’ve been rotating these products in my skincare routine for the past couple of months and I am ready to share my experience!

I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My skin gets easily sensitized to drying products and environments. I have been using topical prescriptions for my acne daily for almost 3 years such as Vitamin A and Aczone.

Products were sent to me for review purposes, however this in no way effects my opinion of them. My opinions are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


ABOUT ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Cica Care Line for soothing and calming your irritated skin – acne-prone, hormonal breakouts and dark spots. Calamine and Madecassoside work day and night to revitalize your sensitive skin.

– Rovectin.com
  • All products are cruelty-free
  • Some products are vegan friendly
  • All products contain fragrance – I believe the fragrance component has been updated but the overall formula and performance is the same
  • Price point in my opinion is mid-range $$

Not a skin expert in any way, just a passionate skincare enthusiast! For the highlighted ingredients below, I listed the ones I thought were important and their basic function for convenience.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE BALM

Rovectin Cica Care Balm

Price: $26 USD
Amount: 40ml
pH: 6.5 – 8.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Calamine
  • Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative

A thin, slightly pink gel-cream, I tried the Cica Care balm in 2 ways – spot treatment and all over moisturizer. As a spot treatment I thought it performed decently, it’s definitely a more “supportive” product (as I like to call it) when used alongside my anti-acne prescriptions – helps keep the effected areas calm and moisturized, to prevent any side effects such as irritation and dryness. As an all-over face moisturizer, it’s definitely not enough for my dryer skin type in the winter time in Canada, but I can see this being a good stand-alone moisturizer if I were to live in a more humid place. Paired with the Sleeping Pack, I did find my face comfortably moisturized all through the night.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE PURIFYING TONER

Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner

Price: $24 USD
Amount: 260ml
pH: 5.25 – 5.75


Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties
  • Ceramide NP – skin-identical waxy lipid (I guess an emollient?)
  • Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract – an antioxidant, helps with pores and antibacterial
  • Amino Acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Threonine, Proline – skin-identical humectants

I opted for this toner as a “morning cleanse” – it has the right pH, moisturizing ingredients, and is quite watery, so I didn’t really classify it as a hydrator in my skincare routine. I’d saturate a cotton round and wipe my face and neck from a night’s sweat and fluff. The big standout of this toner is the fragrance – it has quite a deep Lavender scent to it; I have mixed feelings about it – sometimes I don’t mind it, other times it’s just too strong. I believe the fragrance component in this Cica Care Purifying Toner has been updated so it may not be as strong for some of you considering this.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE SLEEPING PACK

Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack

Price: $34 USD
Amount: 80ml
pH: 6.3 – 6.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – humectant/emollient with soothing properties
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – humectant with soothing properties
  • Allantoin – soothing
  • Bioflavinoids – soothing

My favourite product out of the bunch! I suspect it has quite a bit of Glycerin in the formula, because it immediately reminded me of La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains which is 30% Glycerin. I like using sleeping masks over my moisturizer, for I don’t find it performs that well on its own for my dryer skin type. The next morning after using this mask, I was always pleased at how well it retained moisture in my skin – comparable to more affordable occlusives found at the drugstore!


ROVECTIN DR. MASK CICA

Rovectin Dr. Mask Cica

Price: $20 USD for 5
Amount: 25ml/sheet
pH: 4.3 – 5.3

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Arginine – skin-identical humectant, wound-healing benefits
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – skin-identical humectant
  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Calamine
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties

The Cica sheet mask is a cotton material, was nicely drenched in a more viscous serum, and fit my face well. I specifically used this sheet mask on a day I was experiencing a breakout (not that inflamed) from the It Cosmetics Foundation + Skincare to test out how much it can help my sensitized skin. It hydrated my skin nicely, didn’t irritate my acne spots, but it didn’t really do much to lower the size of them either. I have used sheet masks that are able to reduce the size of breakouts and redness, so I know those claims can be true.

Note on the packaging of the box I have, it says there is salicylic acid in the formula for exfoliation – there is no BHA in any form in it. I don’t know why they would advertise it :\ But just know this is why it’s always important to look at the ingredients list to make sure they have something to match their claims!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Rovectin’s Cica Care Line performed nicely. I like how their formulations cater to sensitive acne-prone skin, nothing stripped or overly sensitized my skin while rotating the products in my skincare routines. Keep in mind my skin is not impaired and I don’t have a lot of inflamed acne, but I still found them to be good supportive products around the actives I do use to help control it. The one major standout con was the heavy fragrance in the Cica Care Purifying Toner, but as I have mentioned at the beginning of this post, Rovectin has updated the fragrance component in some of their products, I believe this toner included. This is where the major pro comes in – Rovectin shows they listen to their customers and continue to grow their brand based on their feedback. Overall I find this line more suitable for those with normal to oily skin types because majority of the products have a light consistency, but any skin type can make them work in a skincare routine.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend*
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off your order
Yesstyle*
Use “YESMICH“* for 5% off your first order, 2% off 2nd+ orders

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: Jumiso Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum

Fall is here, the air is around 5 degree Celsius, and I’m using the highest strength of Tretinoin – my face be feeling slightly sensitive! The timing seems fortunate, for I was sent Jumiso’s new Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum to try out. I have been using this serum 2x a day for past couple of weeks and I am ready to share my thoughts!

Product sent for review purposes. This does not sway my opinion of the product. My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


DESCRIPTION

Jumiso Super Soothing Cica&Aloe Facial Serum is highly-enriched serum that could soothes sensitive skin. It helps you to grow the power of natural moisturizing factor that developed for the improvement of destroyed skin barrier and exhausted and saggy skin elasticity.

– StyleKorean.com

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS

– Cruelty-free
– Made in South Korea

Amount: 30ml
Price: $24 USD
Packaging: Clear dropper bottle
How to use:After using toner, in the essence stage, take an appropriate amount and apply it all over the face to absorb.


INGREDIENTS

Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Water, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Ceramide NP, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Glycol, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Threonine, Proline, Isoleucine, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, SpiruLina Maxima Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Raspberry Ketone, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer,1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trideceth-10, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Hydroxyacetophenone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA

  • Centella Asiatica Extract: 41%
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: 31%
  • 7 different hyaluronic acid molecules
  • 17 kinds of Amino Acids

Jumiso provides LOTS of pictographics in English on their ingredients, it’s best to check out the product page (link bottom of page) to get an idea of what the formula is all about. If you didn’t already notice, This serum is packed with a ton of skin beneficial ingredients! What’s funny is that they didn’t even highlight other great ingredients such as Niacinamide, Glycerin, Ceramide NP, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, and Adenosine!


EXPERIENCE

Texture: Serum on the thicker side (I’d say ampoule).

Fragrance: None.

Application: Sometimes I do 4 drops on my face, or a full pipette’s worth if I want some extra moisture.

Finish: Slightly glowy.

Feel: Emollient. Skin feels quite soft.

Instant Results: Adds extra moisture to my skin, also soothes if I became irritated from an active I used prior.

Long-Term Results: Hard to tell how impactful this serum is on its own, but all I know is that since incorporating it into my routine, my skin has been maintaining calm and moisturized skin and I don’t become easily sensitized to strong actives in my routine.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I am quite wowed by Jumiso’s Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum. It has quite the list of skin-friendly ingredients and a little goes a long way. I feel like it’s a nice serum to have if you need something calming and to add additional moisture to your skin, especially if you want something richer, on the more emollient side. I can also see this being a nice addition for those who irritated their skin too much with overuse of actives and/or propolis-based serums with a similar texture to this haven’t worked out for you. For oily-skinned peeps, you may find this nice on it’s own without moisturizer if you don’t mind more emollient finishes. Overall Jumiso’s Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum is a good option for those who just need to simplify their routine and bring back the strength of your skin’s barrier.

WHERE TO BUY:
StyleKorean *
Yesstyle *
Use “YESMICH” * for 5% off first order, 2% off returning orders

* Affiliate codes/links. This means that if you click on the link or use the code to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #14: Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++

It was quite fortunate timing when I received this sunscreen for review; A couple of weeks prior, I watched a Korean Dermatologist feature Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector in his daily routine. I kept it on my wishlist since then, for it looked like a 100% mineral sunscreen that would be cosmetically elegant and not casty.

Product sent for review purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own, always *casts doe patronus*


INFORMATION ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

This sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays that don’t cause irritation and is suitable for all skin types. Formulated with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it completely defends against daily free-radical damage. It’s hydrating and helps brighten your skin while improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Recommended to all skin types.

– Wishtrend.com

Additional Claims:

  • Cruelty-free
  • pH 6-7.5
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of ethanol, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance
  • For all skin types
  • Made in Korea

Price: $29 USD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide
Titanium Dioxide

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+
UVA: PA++++ (~PPD 16+)

INGREDIENTS:
Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Trehalose, Aluminum Hydroxide, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Amara (Bitter Almond) Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Leaf Extract, Octyldodecanol, Adenosine, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Undecane, Tridecane, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

INCIDecoder

Rovectin Aqua Soothing UV Protector seems to be an emollient-rich formula that contains a nice variety of additional skin-beneficial ingredients, mostly a blend of antioxidant and soothing ingredients, aslo performing as humectants to add to the moisturizing aspect of the formula.

Green Tea, Centella Asiatica, Houttuynia Cordata Extract – Antioxidant and soothing plant extracts
Niacinamide – Antioxidant, brightens, minimizes pores and fine lines, anti-inflammatory, increases skin’s lipid production
Adenosine – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory
Tocopherol – Antioxidant
Trehalose, Fructooligoshaccarides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sunflower Seed Oil and its Unsaponifiables – moisturizing

Although this formula claims to be fragrance-free on Wishtrend’s website, there is definitely a notable scent in this sunscreen. My guess is it’s coming from ingredients like the Bitter Almond Kernel oil and Jasmine Flower Extract, both probably have fragrant components.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic tube with small spout, twist off cap.

CONSISTENCY:  Light cream.

FRAGRANCE: Light, sweet scent.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Slightly glowy.

FEEL: Emollient and tacky.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST/TINTED? Yes, there is a whitecast.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? I like that it doesn’t dry out my skin and feels fairly comfortable. My skin does look brighter when I use this, but it’s unfortunately paired with a noticable cast.

UNDER MAKEUP: Grips onto foundation, but I noticed when I used the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, the SPF made it look a bit cakey. With a thin layer (say if I were to layer sunscreens and use this as the last layer), a thin, light coverage foundation will look better, but you can still see some of the cast through it, so best to use this sunscreen as a thin layer under a medium to full coverage foundation.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

PROS:

  • Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Feels comfortable with the required amount (2mg/cm2)
  • Does not dry out my skin
  • Does not look chalky

CONS:

  • Cast
  • Base makeup won’t look good when I use the required amount (2mg/cm2)

Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing Protector is true to its claim (on the packaging) that this is a nice mineral sunscreen for drier skin types. However that’s where it stops for me, overall I didn’t really enjoy using this sunscreen and don’t like reaching for it unless I need it for my hands. The only time I liked this sunscreen was with a thin layer, under the required amount for me to achieve the SPF indicated on the label. Even then, I still looked a bit grey and casty even with a light coverage foundation over top. I prefer the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield because I can use the required amount and it looks good under my preferred makeup base.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend*
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off your order
Yesstyle*
Use “YESMICH“* for 5% off your first order, 2% off 2nd+ orders

*These are affiliate links and codes. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum

Another day, another vitamin C serum for review! Once I finished up a bottle of By Wishtrend’s  Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid *, I cracked open their Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum * to compare!

I’ve had the latter serum in my fridge for a few months while using the former serum, and have now been using it for about a month or so. With that said, I’m ready to share my thoughts!

This product was sent as a gift.


Check out my review comparing the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid and 21.5% Advanced Serum!


DESCRIPTION

This high concentration vitamin ampoule is made with 70% Vitamin Tree Water and 21.5% Pure Vitamin C to deliver the concentrated effects of vitamin C to the skin. The serum removes dead skin cells to even out the skin tone and brighten the complexion.

– Wishtrend

Amount: 30ml
Price: $30 USD
How to use:
1) After cleansing, prep the skin with the toner.
2) Dispense 1-2 drops of the vitamin serum on hands and apply over dull areas that lack elasticity.


INGREDIENTS

by-wishtrend-advanced-c-ingredients

Hippophae rhamnoides water, ascorbic acid, sodium lactate, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, cassia obtusifolia seed extract, allantoin, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol

Hippophae rhamnoides water: 70%
Ascorbic Acid: 21.5%
pH Level: 3.0 ± 0.5

INCIDecoder

I’m happy to see that the serum is minimal ingredients, low pH and with a good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid! Usually the sweet spot for LAA serums are 5% – 20%, so that additional 1.5% may be too much for those who cannot tolerate LAA at high concentrations. The reason you want L-Ascorbic Acid serums is because it is the most scientifically backed ingredient when it comes to skincare benefits. It is an antioxidant shown to boost collagen synthesis, fade hyperpigmentation, boost UV protection under sunscreen, brighten complexion. Vitamin C serums are probably one of the few OTC products that skin professionals recommend to add in your skincare routine (if your skin can tolerate it) so I personally do for the antioxidant benefits.

Hippophae Rhamnoides (a.k.a. Seaberry, Seabuckthorn, Vitamin Tree) Water never really striked my fancy – I find high percentage of it just makes everything feels sticky (more on feel in the experience section of this post). I recall the Hippophae rhamnoides extract having a good source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and B – but water, as you can guess, will have these potential benefits watered down. Expect the antioxidant benefits mainly from the actual vitamin C molecule in the formula, not the water. It is however a nice-to-have in this type of product.

I also like seeing Panthenol and Allantoin on the list to provide skin soothing and protecting properties. In a high LAA percentage product, soothing ingredients are welcome!


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark dropper bottle.

Texture: Liquid. It looks clear when you open a new bottle.

Fragrance: Faint smell of the Seabuckthorn water, but only if I hold up the bottle to my nose. Otherwise, I never really noticed it on application.

Application: The directions say 1-2 drops on specific areas, but this is LAA we’re talking about. I’m applying a full dropper of this all over my face and neck and getting good use before oxidization sets in!

Finish: Thin and adds some glow.

Feel: Somewhat sticky, there have been occasions where my hands are momentarily stuck to my face lol. Also, it tends to sting. I feel like this has been more frequent the more I used it.

Instant Results: Surprisingly smaller pores, face looks glowy, takes a while for an even complexion to come back because of how much this irritates my face.

Long-Term Results: Haven’t noticed much myself since I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for a while solely for the antioxidant benefits. I also have been using vitamin A for a couple of years so any anti-aging benefit mainly comes from that ingredient.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m happy that the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum has a low pH, good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid, and that it can last while refrigerated before it oxidizes. However the stinging is just way too much for me! I know the directions say to apply to specific areas, but the serum will turn orange before I get halfway through the bottle. It reminds me of the 2 unsuccessful bottles of the Timeless CE Ferulic serum I tried in the past. I also would’ve liked to see Ferulic Acid and vitamin E in this formula – instead they recommend purchasing the By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing cream for the vitamin E in the formula to boost this serum. I prefer this serum over their new C 15% with Ferulic Acid for the low pH, but the new one is more gentle and has a host of other nice ingredients in the mix.

I will be sticking with my PC Super C15 Booster for now, and I plan on purchasing the Geek & Gorgeous vitamin C serum in the future to see if it’s a good, gentle, and affordable option!

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend *
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off
Yesstyle *
Use “YESMICH” * for 5% off first order, 2% off returning orders

* Affiliate codes/links. This means that if you click on the link or use the code to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule

Rovectin peaked my interest when I first saw Eunice from Wishtrend talk about their products on her personal Youtube channel. This Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I was sent their Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule to try out, and I’m ready to share my experience!

wp-1595965754791.jpg

This product was sent for review purposes. My thoughts are my own, always *casts does patronus*


DESCRIPTION

This ampoule is a day and night serum from Rovectin’s Clean Line, that hydrates and enhances the skin with only the essentials. LHA (Caproloyl Salicylic Acid) works effectively on clogged pores with sebum and blackheads which helps brighten dark spots caused by blemishes. And as it contains 85% Neroli flower water extract, it helps to soothe and calm the skin with anti-inflammatory properties. Recommended as a gentle and effective serum.

– Wishtrend.com

ADDITIONAL INFO:

  • For all skin types
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of: silicone, steroids, artificial coloring, artifical fragrance, parabens
  • Made in Korea
  • Comes with cute stickers

Amount: 15ml
Price: $15 USD
pH: 5.5-6
How to use: After toning and prepping the skin, apply 1-2 drops as a spot treatment on troubled areas or all over the face. Apply moisturizer for extra hydration.


INGREDIENTS

wp-1595965754845.jpg

Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) Flower water, Propanediol, 1, 2-hexanediol, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Purified water, Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, Glutathione, Hyaluronic acid, Capryloyl salicylic acid, Hyrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Panthenol, Carbomer, Glycerin, Raspberry ketone, Hydroxyethyl urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tromethamine, Ethylhexyglycerin, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Butylene glycol, Benzyl glycol, Beta-glucan, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Disodium edta, Ethanol (*Rovectin uses plant-based ethanol)

Bitter Orange Flower Water – 84.8%
Glutathione + Niacinamide – 2% (Is it 1% of each, or each ingredient is at a 2% concentration?)
Caprylol Salicylic Acid – 0.01%

Skinthusiast Perspective..

As stated in their description, 85% of the formula consists of Bitter Orange Flower Water (also called Neroli Flower Water), a diluted form of the Essential Oil. Since it is diluted, and it is also in a treatment, I am not too worried about any irritation from this citrus-based ingredient. INCIDecoder states it has some toning properties, which is a nice-to-have benefit considering we want to use this product when tackling spots and prevent any post-inflammatory red marks.

Caprylol Salicylic Acid is a derivative of Salicylic Acid and the star ingredient of the formula – it is oil-soluble, is a larger molecule, also has skin-soothing and exfoliating properties. Being a larger molecule means it will penetrate the top layer of the skin more slowly and not as deeply as classic BHA would. The Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule however has such a low percentage of LHA – 0.01%. I believe Korean skincare can’t formulate BHA above a certain percentage, so maybe that’s what’s being applied here as well? I don’t rely on Korean skincare in general to get the exfoliation I need anyways, and Rovectin is like many other K-Beauty lines where its aim is to create gentle yet effective products.

Niacinamide, Aloe Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin and Beta-glucan are also in the formula to help reduce inflammation. In addition, it contains a handful of Hyaluronic Acid molecules as well as Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea and Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans to make the formula more moisturizing. Glutathione is listed on Paula’s Choice ingredient dictionary as a tripeptide with powerful antioxidant and skin-restoring properties, as well as brightening benefits.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the nice amount of ingredients in this tiny bottle and how it truly is formulated to be a gentle treatment!

INCIDecoder


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark green dropper bottle.

Texture: Clear gel.

Fragrance: None.

Application: I use one very small drop as a spot treatment.

Feel: Spreads easily on skin, isn’t sticky.

wp-1596131841576.jpg

Instant Results: Overnight it calmed an inflamed area where I popped a pimple. Over an inflamed cyst, it lessened the pain a bit but not completely.

Long-Term Results: The spot still came back after consistently applying the ampoule to the area.


FINAL THOUGHTS

PROS:

  • Gentle
  • Little goes a long way
  • Best used to calm inflammation around broken skin
  • Stays clear on skin, no white or pink spot like other spot treatments
  • Non-drying

CONS:

  • Haven’t noticed anything significant since incorporating it into my routine
  • % of LHA is very low

The Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule is not a bad product by any means considering the price point, INCI list, and how little you need for a spot. I just feel like for the amount of LHA in this ampoule, it may as well just be in there as a nice-to-have additional soothing ingredient. There are other ingredients in the formula that also soothe and calm skin, so LHA really isn’t the star ingredient in this Ampoule. Overall, I like the concoction of ingredients and how gentle the Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule is, but it is too gentle for the type of acne I have. It may be more suitable for those of you with very reactive skin that gets light acne.

UPDATE 11/27/2020: I found out that Rovectin came out with a larger size of this ampoule. I think it’s worth it because you can use the LHA Blemish Ampoule as an all-over soothing serum! For me personally, I don’t think the low percentage of LHA would negatively impact my skin if I use it daily, but that’s your discretion.

WHERE TO BUY:

Rovectin
Wishtrend *
Use “MICHXMASH15” to get 15% off your order
Yesstyle *
Use “YESMICH” * for 5% of your first order, 2% on your returning order.

* Links are affiliate links/codes. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase through it, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M