Part of my New Year’s resolution is to try to be as current as possible when it comes to skincare reviews on the blog. That’s easier said than done, because when I was switching between products constantly in the past, my skin had freaked out and cost me a lot in dermatologist bills. At the same time, I realise it is not useful to anybody to be simply posting first impressions when it comes to skincare. So, it is going to be a balancing act that I’ll have to figure out so bear with me.
To begin with, I’m going to try to make a dent on some of the products that were sent my way the past year but I never got around to reviewing. Skin Inc is a brand that I’ve tested out from time to time over the years, and now that it is available on Sephora and much more accessible outside of Singapore, I thought it was time to give you a glimpse at one of their popular products – the Skin Inc My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum.
Skin Inc is a Singapore-based company whose core philosophy is to deliver customised beauty solutions to everybody. The products are made in Japan, and does not contain fragrance or parabens. Skin Inc’s My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum is testament to the concept – instead of having to layer multiple serums each day and night, you can use just 1 serum that targets your own specific concerns.
To create your custom-blended serum, you get to choose 3 out of 8 available targeted serums, and mix them all into a 30ml bottle. Each serum is designed to address a specific skin concern from hydration to dullness to fine lines and wrinkles. The active ingredient in each serum is encapsulated in a seaweed capsule, which ensures that it stays fresh and most potent until it is applied to your skin. And with just 1 application, you get the benefits of all 3 serums instead of applying them separately.
To get you started, Skin Inc has designed 3 pre-mixed sets:
Alternatively, you may take Skin Inc’s online Skin Check, and by answering a few simple questions about your skin’s conditions, lifestyle and skin concerns, will automatically prescribe 3 serums most suited to your needs. I took this Skin Check recently, and was prescribed Hyaluronic Acid, Licorice and Vitamin A.
I was quite glad to see Hyaluronic Acid in the recommended mix because it is one of the most effective ingredients for dehydrated skin. And of course, hydration is key to maintaining plump and youthful looking skin. Skin Inc’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum features Sodium Hyaluronate and Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid fairly high on the ingredient list:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Algin, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Cobalt Aluminum Oxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol
Skin Inc Licorice Serum was recommended to address my concerns of sensitive and easily irritated skin, which I thought was interesting. My skin is often sensitised by products, changes to my lifestyle and the environment, so I am always looking out for skincare that can help to calm my skin down. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) root extract is a potent anti-irritant, has been shown to reduce the appearance of eczema, and has anti-inflammatory properties. The addition of Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and Camella Sinensis (green tea) Catechins further boost the anti-irritant and antioxidant properties of this serum. The full ingredient list is as follows:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Sinensis Catechins, Algin, Carbomer, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Cobalt Aluminum Oxide, Phenoxyethanol
Lastly, I was prescribed Skin Inc Vitamin A Serum as the last component of my custom-blended serum. I was apprehensive initially because my skin generally does not take well to retinols, but I was persuaded to give this a try regardless because Skin Inc’s formulation is so gentle it can even be used on the eye area! And true enough, it does seem to get on well with my skin, and I’ve not had any issues with it for the last month or so that I’ve been using it! The full ingredient list is:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Corn (Zea Mays) Oil, Carbomer, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Algin, Phenoxyethanol
Overall I liked my Skin Inc My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum and have been enjoying it. The texture of all these serums are incredibly light, almost like water, and absorbs right away leaving no trace or stickiness on the skin. I like the idea of using 1 serum that addresses specific concerns that I have, rather than having to use multiple serums designed for generic skin issues and layering them. In any case, Skin Inc’s serums are so light, I can layer on other serums and creams over it if I wanted to! On the other hand, I have a feeling that I’m not using quite as much product as I should to get the full results. And as far as visible results, I can only safely attest to the fact that my custom-blended serum did indeed plump up my skin and provide additional hydration. When used over sensitised patches, it did not aggravate my skin but instead felt soothing and I actually enjoy using it when my skin was stressed! But I did not actually notice any brightening or line-reducing as it claimed to do.
Each dose of serums is priced at SGD59.81 for 10ml, which is on the high end, especially for some of the ingredients. For example, a simply hydration serum featuring hyaluronic acid generally runs under SGD100 for 30ml. The positive side is that some of these serums are unique in their formulation and are relatively cheap compared to others bearing such high concentrations of active ingredients. One such example is the Licorice Serum I introduced earlier. Another to check out is the Coenzyme Q10:
I’ve actually used up an entire bottle of Skin Inc Coenzyme Q10 Serum sometime last year and did not get around to reviewing it. Its main ingredient – Ubiquinone – is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to penetrate the skin layers and reduce cellular oxidation and prevent cell death. This is not an ingredient that is commonly found in anti-aging products because it is quite expensive; and even if found, it is present in very low doses. As with antioxidants, it is all about prevention rather than cure, and so there may not be much visible results immediately upon use, especially if the skin is already in pretty good condition to begin with. But as we all know, prevention is key to maintaining youthful good looks!
There is 1 more that I’ve tried:
Skin Inc French Pine Bark Serum contains Pycnogenol which prevents oxidation and slows skin aging. Some years ago, I was taking it as an oral supplement and found it helped boost my natural immunity, especially when coupled with Vitamin C. Skin Inc’s formulation also includes rh-Oligopeptide-1, a bioengineered peptide that promises to promote cell turnover and rebuild collagen. Such ingredients are expensive and worth checking out. I must point out though that the use of rh-Oligopeptide-1 is not so common and there are other peptides with more research support towards their efficacy. Pycnogenol is something that I would prefer taking orally as it has more far-reaching benefits to general health and is more effective than applied topically.
If you took a closer look at each of the formulations above, you will notice a lack of bells and whistles that are common in other high end skincare. Ingredients like pearl powder of diamond dust even gold foil lend the skin an instant glow and brightening effect, however those are all superficial and do not last. Active ingredients often feature quite low down on the lists, which is not the case with Skin Inc’s serums. In contrast, the general perception is that these serums all work nicely to hydrate the skin. However, the real results are often not immediately visible, but take as long as 6 months to manifest. Some of the serums are more “better value for money” than others, given that they are all priced the same. The good thing is you get to choose what goes into your own bespoke bottle!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.