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Review: It’s Skin Green Tea Watery Emulsion

While I have enjoyed recently introducing an emulsion skincare step in my routine, I have struggled with finding just the right product. I found this contender when searching for something lighter & less fragrant than the previously tested Goodal. Complete with the additional benefits of green tea? Yes, please!

Brand

I was unable to find an abundance of information on It’s Skin as a company. I am unaware when they launched, but they merged with Hanbul Cosmetics in May 2017 to advance its position on the Chinese marketplace. It’s Skin markets it brand concept as Clinical + Skin + Solution, the brand’s research to create optimal formulas for every skin type.

Routine Placement

There are different recommendations for routine order depending on the source.  Some product instructions will say this product step is a “preparation treatment” for essences & serums so it would be applied after toners & before any other products. I personally place emulsions towards the end of my skincare routine.

My routine is ordered from watery-to-thick products, exception being anti-aging or chemical exfoliant steps, so I place emulsions before my moisturizer & after all other products. I also only use this in my PM skincare routine, but it is non-greasy & absorbs well enough that it layers well under my makeup.

Product Claims

The advertised claims focus on the ingredient list so there are no extreme product assertions, though the ingredient effectiveness may be exaggerated as discussed in the performance section. Here are the product claims as listed on YesStyle:

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  • Formulated with natural ingredient of green tea (7,000mg) to provide excellent moisturizing + soothing + silky skin care effects.
  • Supplies water into the skin and keep skin fresh, calm and soft. Contains cucumber extract, bamboo extract, cypress water for vital skin care.

Application

Appearance

It is an artificially dyed pastel green formula with a watery consistency despite the initially creamy appearance. The fluid consistency makes the application an ease, it’s drive to a non-sticky satin finish.

Scent

The emulsion has a fresh perfumed scent, it smells strongly of fresh laundry with a hint of cucumber. While the scent is not overpowering, it is definitely present.

Packaging

The product is presented in a luxurious frosted glass bottle with a screw plastic cap. I do not care for glass packaging because I am a hopeless klutz & I am still waiting for the day I shatter this delicate emulsion bottle, but that is a personal preference.

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There is no pump or alternative dispenser so you have to pour the product out of the open coin-sized cap. This is one of my significant product complaints because it is difficult to have any sense of control while dispensing the product due to the fluid consistency.

Performance

This is a nice product, but it is not revolutionary. It offers nice little layer of hydration & it layers well with multiple skincare products, but it does leave a dewy & semi-tacky finish. I only use this at night for this reason because it does make makeup look extra shiny, though it does not break my makeup down throughout the day.

I struggled the most with writing this section of the review, which is usually the easiest for me because this section is just supposed to be my unleashed feelings about cosmetic. However, this is all that comes to mind the emulsion: It’s fine. It’s adequate. It’s nice. It’s okay.

This is the best emulsion I have tried so I feel like I am more lenient towards it than I ordinarily would. It is a nice product, it has a fine ingredient list. The strong scent is not so fine, but I can get passed that. The product just did not have noticeable results on my skin, other than a minor boost of hydration in my regimen.

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Potentially 4 acne triggers & 3 irritants according to CosDNA

Ingredient List
Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/4 copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethyl Hexanediol, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sea Water, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl caprylate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Yellow 5, Blue 1

Green Tea

A potent antioxidant that calms inflammation, prevents collagen breakdown & reduces UV damage

Glycerin

It it is a naturally occurring substance that helps repair the outer skin barrier. This ingredients works to soften skin so other ingredients can more easily penetrate the skin.

Stearic Acid

Fatty acid that acts as an emollient, shown to restore skin’s outter barrier & protect against surface waterloss

Triethanolamine

A controversial preservative that can cause nitrosamines in high concentrations

Antioxidants

  • Bamboo – Powerful antioxidant with skin soothing properties
  • Cucumber – Antioxidant made up of 95% water, containing ascorbic acid as well
  • Kiwi – Potentially potent antioxidant, though may be skin sensitizing due to acid component
  • Plum –  Antioxidant & tannin

Misc. Ingredients Notes

This product contains artificial fragrance & color dye. While these are not necessarily harmful, they are potential irritants & unnecessary to the integrity of the product.

Value

Price: $10.48 / 150ml, $2.05 per Ounce

This product is available in North America & Europe on a few free shipping wholesale sites, but It’s Skin is not one of the most popular Korean cosmetic brands so it is more difficult to find than others.

This is already an affordable product so it is only an added bonus at how economical this product as well. This emulsion could easily last a full year if I was only applying this to my face, a small amount of this product goes far for application.

Overall

Rating: 2.5 / 5

I think this is a very nice product, but I do not think it is great. It is a pleasantly light hydration step otherwise, but I have some concerns with the ingredient list that would prevent me from repurchasing this product. I do not believe this is a harmful product, but why add ingredient baddies [Alcohol, dye, potential carcinogens, etc] when it is unnecessary?

7 Comments

  1. This is the second It’s Skin review that I’ve read in the last few months…I also tested their eye cream a while back of which I in the end, discontinued. (Couldn’t handle the fragrance, one of my eyes couldn’t take it? Got a bit red.) Considering all the experiences that I’ve read and including that of my own, It’s Skin appears to produce a lot of strongly fragranced skincare which sucks and is kinda a deal breaker for me! To be honest, it has repelled me from further testing any of their skincare products…at least for a while!
    I am very curious though…because I read on YesStyle that they’re a brand whose products are formulated with the dermatologists of Seoul University, in response to consumers who have skincare troubles. So the strong fragrance just doesn’t make sense to me!

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    • I cannot even fathom putting fragrance in an eye cream, let alone enough to cause irritation! It just seems so illogical to me. I had no idea about the Seoul University partnership though, I just read the exert on YesStyle & found the emphasis on “natural ingredients” amusing since there appears to be added fragrance & dye in all the cosmetics I have checked into from the brand.

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