writer : anintroverttalks_Melanie
iUNIK is a brand that continually impresses me. First I fell in love with their Centella Calming Gel Cream, which is the perfect gel moisturizer for my skin. I now have another iUNIK regular in my skin routine, and it is the iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum. Quite the mouthful, right? The two main ingredients, propolis and sea buckthorn fruit extract (full of vitamins!), lend themselves to the wordy name. Let’s dive into the other elements that make up this lovely serum!
The ingredients are as follows:
Propolis Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Glycosyl Trehalose, Honey Extract, Beta-Glucan, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Green Purslane) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba (Maidenhair Tree) Nut Extract, Caprylyl Glycol
First there is the aforementioned propolis, which accounts for 70% of this formula. Propolis is a resin-like mixture that bees produce using their saliva and sap from trees. They use the resulting product to seal holes in their hives. It has been used for thousands of years to aid in wound healing, and today it is used in skincare to help calm and protect the skin!
The other major ingredient, sea buckthorn fruit extract, is a powerhouse that brings several nutrients to the table! It is known for being extremely high in vitamin C, and it also is rich in vitamin E and vitamin K. These vitamins serve to brighten skin without irritating it.
You will notice that honey extract is in the ingredients, and like its compatriot propolis, it helps heal and rejuvenate the skin. Another plus: honey can moisturize and add radiance to dull skin!
This is a thicker serum, and initially upon patting it onto my skin I found it to be fairly sticky. It almost feels like you are putting honey on your face! I was concerned that I might end up with a lot of sticky shininess at the end of my routine, but after putting on my moisturizer my skin looked as it normally would! There is almost no detectable scent; at the most there is an extremely faint honey smell. Overall it is pleasant and easy to use!
I’ve been using this after my actives (vitamin C and retinol) in the morning and evening for the last several weeks. It is a soothing layer that I especially appreciate right now in the winter. I think in the summer I might reach for something lighter, but currently I’m enjoying the extra protection that I get from applying this under my moisturizer.
You can find this serum for $16 on YesStyle, but they frequently run sales, so you could possibly catch it for less! For 50ml I feel this is an affordable product. I don’t know if I would repurchase it again straight away, as I have so many other iUNIK products that I want to try! I would still recommend it if you are searching for a soothing product to help get your skin through winter.
writer : btyaly_Bonnie Garner
I'm continuing with my beauty investigations of the Korean skincare brand Iunik. Today I’m giving you my thoughts on a propolis serum (one of my favorite ingredients!), the Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum.
Since discovering propolis serums, I can’t stop, I want to try them all, especially the Korean ones!
What’s not to love about them? Propolis is the perfect ingredient if, like me, you have a very demanding skin, which craves comfort but also, if you use ingredients that are too rich, will react immediately with clogged pores and breakouts.
I mentioned the serum from the same brand last week, the Tea Tree Relief Serum, and it’s also great for my skin needs but I find it a little too light for my forty-year-old skin.
The one I’ll talk about today, the Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum, is a good alternative if you’re looking for a more comfortable product that also helps to give radiance to your complexion (at the end of winter, we definitely all need it!).
If you want to know more about Iunik, I talked about the brand in more detail in my mini-review of the Tea Tree Relief Serum.
As I explained in this review, I combine the Tea Tree Relief serum and the Propolis Vitamin Synergy one because the former is not enough for me on its own.
To be very honest, I could totally use the Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum on its own in my routine and it would be more than enough because it ticks all the boxes of what I ask from this kind of product!
It’s indeed comfortable enough for my dehydrated skin, which it soothes as a bonus and I also greatly appreciate its slightly purifying effect!
Its formula is really interesting and very rich in active ingredients: it contains many plant extracts, but also very effective science-based ingredients.
Inside, you can find some Propolis and Centella Asiatica, Niacinamide (a multi-tasking ingredient I don’t want to live without anymore), purifying Witch Hazel and many other interesting ingredients for the skin (I detailed them below).
Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum also contains another super interesting natural ingredient: Sea Buckthorn, which is naturally rich in vitamin C, for a very nice antioxidant effect. It is also very slightly exfoliant, which helps the skin to keep its natural radiance!
In fact, its formula reminds me a lot of one of my favorite propolis products, the Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule.
If I compare the two formulas, it’s quite surprising! They definitely have a lot in common.
The big difference is that the Iunik serum is far more interesting from a value for money perspective. The Leegeehaam serum is really tiny (15ml) which means that I always finish it far too quickly! The one from Iunik has a more interesting price, and it’s over 3 times its size. It’s hard to beat! ?
I’ve been using the Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum in my routine for about 2-3 months. I apply it in the morning and it’s a true pleasure every time!
Its texture is really pleasant to use, and it leaves my skin comfortable without being greasy, which I love!
Regarding the results, my skin feels calmer, and it heals quicker (that’s why I love propolis products!). It is also comfortable and durably hydrated.
The serum size is 50ml, and you only need 3-4 drops for the face and neck. It will probably last me at least 5-6 months in total.
I really like the Iunik Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum!
Having tested a lot of Propolis serums, I find that this is one of the most complete formulas on the market and it has the advantage of being very affordable, which is always a big plus!
The Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum de Iunik retails between $13 and $19 for 50 ml depending on the retailers.
writer : funfunteatime_Claudia
Hello everyone, in this post I will be discussing the most highly requested comparison of all times:
“iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum (click here) and Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence (click here)”
So without further due, let’s begin. First thing first their Ingredients list
If you want to learn more about each of their ingredients, click here for their cosDNA link, iUNIK & Skinfood. Ingredients’ wise, iUNIK has a much longer list of fancy-looking ingredients such as Niacinamide, Rose water extract, Allantoin, Adenosine, Centella Asiatica Extract and many other fruit extract. While the Skinfood keep their ingredients really simplistic and clean which is also good.
A longer ingredients list with so many ‘popular’ ingredients doesn’t make a product directly superior to the counterpart. Since we never know how much of the ingredient’s concentration put unto the products. It might even be much less than the suggested minimum concentration of ingredients to have any beneficial improvement to the skin (just for the sake of labelling)
Let’s move on
So from a price standpoint the iUNIK is definitely the winner here, however how about the other factors we need to consider?
Well before we start on discussing the product comparison itself, I would like to highlight the tricky side of the classification of skincare products. Here you found two products named as essence and serum with a very similar concentration of main ingredients and consistency. Some history about how people come up with the name “essence” and “serum”. Back then, serum is a name that is popular in the “western” skincare industry, meanwhile “essence” is popular amongst Korean skincare for products that contain a high concentration of certain ingredients that specifically address specific skin concern. Since Korean products gain its popularity, people started to get confused about the difference between serum and essence with them being so ‘similar’ but ‘different’ somehow. Then a conspiracy mentioning serum is the ‘thicker’ and essence is ‘thinner’ products were made, suggesting you layer your product with a rule of thumb, thinnest – thickest.
So are they the same? Yes, they are!! I do think naming them differently is just a marketing strategy for skincare brand giving them more excuses to create a product with slightly different concentration and asking you to buy all of them while you actually need just one of each. There’s no actual guideline or standard for a brand to name their product so they can name their products whatever they want it to be
Now let’s discuss the benefit of HONEY and PROPOLIS:
Honey is classified as an emollient/humectant / moisturizing product in the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI).
So you must’ve heard a lot about the potential benefit of Honey and propolis on treating numerous kind of skin lesion. Yes! They have the therapeutic and preventive effect for dermatitis and dandruff (1). Their antimicrobial and antifungal properties make them a great agent to treat acne as well (2).
Honey has been studied to have potential benefit for wounds and burns treatment as well since they have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties which accommodate the process of healing.
Since they have moisturizing and skin-barrier—restoring properties, no wonder if you feel the suppleness and the bounciness after you applied products with honey/propolis. Which in conjunction might benefits on reducing the appearance of fine-lines (supple skin = fewer FINE-LINES, but not wrinkles)
Read more about the benefit of honey in dermatology, here!
While there are some other notable ingredients from each products that I will discuss separately in this part, or you can skip this part if you are not interested on learning about the ingredients
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