I first reviewed the original Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum in Female Daily website, you can read the article here. It’s among the very few first booster/first essence/serum that I’ve tried and love, along with SK-II First Treatment Essence and Menard Beauness.
The original one though an effective first essence, especially for those with acnaic and normal to oily skin, it’s not hydrating enough for my skin. It’s great for acnaic skin because it helps to bring your problem to surface and clear out skin. It also balances your skin nicely if you have oily skin.
However, this reformulated version of Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX has all the benefit of the original one. Still great in texture, seeps into the skin fine, but with the addition of being more hydrating! It’s almost on par with SK-II FTE in terms of hydration and a little below Menard Beauness. It’s still works great on unbalanced skin. Great to boost the performance of your skincare.
Other than how it feels hydrating, the texture and finish as well as other aspects of this booster that I love still remain the same. So the original review that I wrote for Female Daily still stands.
Here’s a short wrap up.
Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Adenophora Stricta Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Honey, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Natto Gum, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Peg/Ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Potassium Carbomer, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dextrin, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
How it differs from the original? From what I gather, ingredients wise, the original one only used the root of the ginseng whereas this newer version uses everything from root up to the flowers.
Texture: thick clear brown gel lotion. Absorb real fast, doesn’t leave sticky feeling if your skin is well hydrated.
What is it great for? To boost the performance of your other skincare, balances your skin, calms acnaic skin and redness cause by acne.
The price isn’t that affordable, but I think this is really something you’re going to cherish.