Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum Review

Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum Review

Hey Dreamers and Creators!

Today I'm going to be reviewing one of my favorite products at the moment, the Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum! You guys know I'm all about that pore minimizing/caring life and I am always down to try products in relations to it. I've tried clay masks, creams, and thanks to Wishtrend, I now had the opportunity to try out a serum that provides pore care.

Before we start, I think we should clear the air on the pore minimizing issues. There are sometimes confusion on whether any products can permanently shrink pores in size. Plenty of articles and dermatologists share that pore sizes cannot be physically changed. There are ways to make the appearances of pores smaller, however, the physical size of the pores are pretty much genetically set. That is true. Unless of course, you plan on going under the laser for some drastic changes.

Pore corset serum packaging part 1

With that said, I did mention that there are ways to make the appearances of pores smaller. For that, we have to understand what enlarges the appearances of pores in the first place. Pores sometimes look enlarged due to issues such as excess sebum and clogged pores. These causes the pores to 'swell' in size, many times larger than what one person's genetic pore size might be. Once pores are enlarged, they could be 'stuck' at that size forever or once proper care are provided to the pores, they might return to their original size. Everyone's skin is different, so the reactions will be different as well. Age is another factor for pores. As people get older, their skin loses its elasticity and thus can cause the pores to look larger than it is. Sun damage can also cause the appearances of pores to look enlarged as well.

Now that we know what causes the enlarged pores, we can look at ways to minimize the appearances of it. First and foremost is to keep the pores clean. Added products are not going to be super effective if the pores are not clean. For day to day care, pores can be cleansed daily through the double cleansing method. Treatments like clay masks or gentle exfoliators can be used once a week to help cleanse the pores, break down dead skin cells, and prevent any gunk from clogging the pores. Preventing excess sebum would be another great way to ensure the pores don't become clogged and look enlarged. Keeping the skin moisturized is also great because sometimes the skin tends to respond to dryness by producing more sebum, which can then cause clogged pores. Keeping the skin firm can help to minimize the appearances of pores too. Lastly, sun protection is super important when it comes to pore care, so don't forget that sunscreen!

Pore Corset Serum packaging

This might sound like a lot of information, but I think they are all important. Once it is determined what issues are causing the appearances of your pores to look enlarged, you can figure out what steps to take to minimize those issues.

For me, my biggest issue is excess sebum and clogged pores. My T-zone is especially oily and the cheek areas near it have almost similar issues. I use the double cleanse method to clean my pores daily. I also use clay masks once a week to help unclog pores and I use peeling gels (once a week) to help remove dead skin cells. I always keep my skin moisturized and always wear sunscreen. With all that I still tend to have excess sebum during the day due to my oily skin type. So, I knew I'd need a product that can help control excess sebum without drying my skin. A product that can smooth skin texture and help keep the skin firm. This way it can prevent issues that can enlarge the appearances of pores and might even help reduce that appearance as well. That's how this Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum comes into play.

Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum

Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum
30ml, $32.99 on sale for $24.90

Product Descrption: A pore tightening serum to help reduce the appearance of pores and control excess sebum. The serum works to provide optimal hydration balance and helps to regulate sebum. The Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum also helps to restore firmness and elasticity of the skin. Formulated with various botanical extracts such as witch hazel leaf extract, green tea leaf extract, portulaca oleracea extract, and more to care for the pores and provide long lasting care.

To Use: Cleanse and tone the face first. Apply the serum to areas of the face with enlarged pores. Gently tap with fingers to maximize absorption. Wait 20 minutes before applying any other skincare products.

Packaging: The serum comes in a pretty blue and white box and the color theme follows to the serum bottle as well. The container of the serum is not see through and it's a classic dropper style bottle, perfect for serums. The box packaging have descriptions of the product in both English and Korean. It also has directions on how to use the product. On the bottom of the box packaging, you can find the manufacturing and expiration dates.

Color: The serum is milky white in color and very opaque. Think very diluted milk.

Scent: According to the ingredient list, the serum does have added fragrance. To me, the serum smells like a mix of citrus and herbal scents. It's very fresh and lightens very fast once applied.

Texture: I find the serum to be thick liquid like. Comparable to that of Innisfree's Green Tea Seed serum's texture but maybe just a bit thicker. However, once applied, it turns a bit more liquidy and absorbs into the skin easily.

manufacturing and expiration dates

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sodium PCA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 60, Diethyl oxalate, Menthol, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Terminalia Chebula Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Fragrance, Laureth-7, Steareth-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Isohexadecane, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Proppylyparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Please Do Not use if: you are sensitive to fragrance, alcohol, or any of its ingredients.

Pore Corset Serum comes with dropper

My Thoughts: Patch test, patch test, and more tests. Took about a week of careful testing before I started my full face test. I was extra careful with this patch test because this product does contain alcohol, and I find that a product with alcohol in it can sometimes irritate my sensitive skin. That was the case with Etude House's Pore Freshner. However, when it comes to a couple of my favorite Innisfree It's Real Squeeze masks, which also contains alcohol, there was no negative reactions there. No super sure why that is the case but I'm just always careful.

While pore tightening is something I care about a lot, the main reason why I was super excited about this product is its sebum control. I have combo to oily skin type where the T-zone and cheeks areas right next to it are pretty much mini oil wells. I usually need multiple oil blotting sheets per day to combat those issues. So I hoped this Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum could help control excess sebum. 

Guess what? It did.

serum is opaque and milky

The Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum became my favorite the moment it showed me that it can control my excess sebum all day long. No other products, so far, have been able to do that and for a while I thought I'd be forever cursed with oily skin for the rest of my life. But man, this baby is awesome. I used to use a ton of blotting paper a day and now, I don't really use any. Maybe sometimes 1, but that's a big improvement.

Aside from controlling my excess sebum, the serum also does a good job hydrating my skin. The first full face test, I thought it could be drying. However, it felt really hydrating instead. I use about 3 drops, 1 on each cheek and 1 on the T-zone area. Sometimes I'll use the serum on my entire face, which then would take about 4 to 5 drops.

I find the serum also makes my skin feel soft and smooth. It does not leave any sticky finish and it plays well with my other skin care products. When I apply the serum, it provides a refreshing and cooling effect. The serum absorbs easily into the skin and there was no residue on my skin after the 20 minutes. Even though the serum was all absorbed after 20 minutes, my skin didn't feel dry at all. It, instead, felt pretty moisturizing. Another plus of this serum is that it didn't irritate my sensitive skin. I was afraid the alcohol and fragrance could irritate my skin, but luckily it didn't.

2 drops of serum
2 drops of  serum for patch test.
I was skeptical on the serum's claims of reducing the pore's appearances in just 20 minutes after using the serum. It claims to be able to reduce the appearances of pore for about 34% after use.

Yeah right, I thought to myself. Still, I took some pictures to document the process. While I was using the serums everyday, I felt like my pores all looked the same. However, after putting the pictures side by side, I can see some minimizing here and there. You can see it in the images below. My pores do looks smaller and the difference is truly noticeable.

I was pretty happy that this serum really works well. I know it's not life changing results, however, as mention above pores are genetically set, so you can't make them disappear. The only way is to minimize their appearances and this serum certainly does the trick!

photo collage of my pores before the serum, after 20 minutes, after 3 days, and after 14 days!

-control excess sebum
-minimize appearances of pores
-skin feels soft and smooth after use
-easy to use

-does contain alcohol and fragrance, might not be suitable for everyone

My Rating: ❤ ❤   

Final Thoughts: I am super happy to have finally found a product that can not only control my excess sebum but also help reduce the appearances of my pores. It's no wonder that this product is my current favorite. I love that it can also make my skin feel soft and smooth. Plus it feels hydrating too.

Would I purchase this product in the future? Heck yes! I need this to keep my excess sebum in check. Until I can find better, if there is even a better product out there, I will probably stick to buying the Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum. Do I think this product is worth a try? Totally! If you need a product to help control excess sebum or help reduce the appearances of pores, then this product is the perfect fix for those issues.

Where to purchase:

Special offer for the Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum on Wishtrend right now! Free gifts with the Pore Corset Serum, promotion ends Oct. 26, 2015!

Don't forget to check out Wishtrend's coupon codes before your order to save some more!
New Wishtrend memeber, enter my referral number 064924203 when you sign up to get a $5 voucher!

Until next time!


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, however, all opinions are honest and my own. I was not compensated in any other way. This post contains affiliate/referral link, my full disclaimer here.


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