REVIEW (IUNIK): TEA TREE RELIEF SERUM

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IUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum (50ml)

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  • Provides “Powerful Relief” and “Soothing Care”
  • Naturally Moisturising 
  • Brightens & Protects against wrinkle formation
  • This Tea Tree Relief serum contains 67% tea tree extract water and 19.5% centella extract water, which are both wonderful ingredients at soothing troubled skin.

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Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water (67%), Centella Asiatica Leaf Water (19.5%), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Water, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Betaine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, Cellulose Gum, Allantoin, Beta-Glucan, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex

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  • Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water (67%): Tea tree extract does wonders for acne prone skin. In a serum, Tea Tree extract works by eliminating bacteria within the skin, and this helps in reducing swelling and acne formation. This free to access journal article talks bout the science behind the tea tree extract, and the beneficial results it has on the skin; mostly anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal (Source A). In addition,  Tea Tree was found to be less sensitising to the human skin, i.e., less scaling and dryness, compared to other acne treatment products like Benzoyl Peroxide.  However, all of these wonderful results from Tea Tree was seen from Tea Tree oil. Not so much research (if any), has been conducted on Tea Tree leaf water and the effects it has on acne. Personally, I think its nice to see Tea Tree leaf water instead of regular water; however, since Tea Tree water is a diluted version of Tea Tree oil, the effects will be minimal.
  • Centella Asiatica Leaf Water (19.5%)*This ingredient is derived the Centalla Asiatcia herb, and Centella extract is jam packed with antioxidants. Preclinical studies (these are studies that aren’t just ready to be conducted on humans just yet) and clinical studies (tested on humans) have shown Centella Asiatica Extract to have numerous benefits when applied topically on the skin. This ingredient can stimulate collagen, inhibit the inflammatory process, and increase the proliferation of cells (create more cells) at open wounds, and thus, has the ability to heal open wounds faster. Additionally, even at just 5% of this extract, Centella Asiatica Extract can increase the moisture content of the human skin (Source B & C). However, similar to Tea Tree water, not much research has been done on Centella Asiatcia leaf water. As this is a diluted version of the Centella Asiatcia, the effects from Centella Asiatcia leaf water will also be minimal. 
  • Niacinamide: Is a Vitamin B3 derivative, and is a skin restoring and protective ingredient. Niacinamide has significant effects on ‘aging skin’, making it a popular ingredient in the beauty industry.  Niacinamide  can reduce finelines, wrinkles, smooth the skin’s texture, lighten hyper pigmentation, treat inflammation, and improve the skin’s barrier (Source D). I wrote another post of the effects Niacinamide on the skin, but I am just going to condense it for you guys. The main effect seen from Niacindamide is that it strengthens and improves the skin’s barrier.  Studies have found Niacinamide to;
  1. Increased the synthesis of Keratin through differentiation of keratinocytes within the skin. (Keratinocytes are one of the building blocks used in maintaining a healthy skin barrier).
  2. Stimulates CermaideCholesterol, & Fatty Acids (These are also building blocks that are needed in maintaining the skin’s barrier).
  3. Caused an increase in collagen synthesis.
  4. As a result from an improved skin barrier, Niacinamide caused less water loss in the skin.

(Only 2% was needed to show these functions).

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  • Centella Asiatica Extract: Refer above *
  • Sodium Hyaluronate:  If you ever see this ingredient in a product, it’s just a fancy way of saying hyaluronic acid. This ingredient can hold up to 1000x times of its moisture content, and sadly can only work topically to keep the skin hydrated (this only applies if sodium hyaluronate is not in a serum). This ingredient works best as a serum, so it can penetrate deep within your skin!  Always keep this in mind.
  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin and helps our skin stay soft and supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top, and this will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated. In addition, Glycerin is a known Humectant, meaning that it also draws water molecules from our surroundings and binds them to the skin!
  • Betaine: The main functions of Betaine are its anti – irritant and humectant properties. Since Betaine is a humectant, it is able to retain a superior amounts of moisture for the skin, making it more ‘plump’ and temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles.Screen Shot 2018-12-07 at 11.27.38 am.png
  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract: An amazing ingredient that is under appreciated in skin care products. Portulaca Oleracea Extract has been linked to anti – inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Additionally, it also contains fatty acids, vitamins (A, B, & C), Niacinamide, and Flavonoids (this gives the plant it’s anti-oxidants). Numerous studies have shown how Portulaca Oleracea Extract can be beneficial to the skin, by being a strong anti-oxidant, reducing the amount of free radicals in the body, whitening the skin, and increasing collagen activity. A truly amazing ingredient! (Source E & F).
  • Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract: When applied topically on the skin, a recent study has this has been shown Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract to have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in treating acne (Source G).
  • Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract: Not much research has been done on this ingredient in general, but it is thought to have antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract: Not much research has been conducted on Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract on the human skin. Studies have applied topical applications of Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract onto animal skin, and has been shown to promote wound healing through the stimulation of collagen and reduction of skin inflammation.
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract: Extracted from wheat, and is known for softening the skin. 
  • Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Extract: Another ingredient where not much research has been conducted, and is supposedly known for its antioxidant properties.  Recently, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Extract obtained from their plant roots has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory effects, but this study did not test this on skin, and this was only done in-vitro.
  • Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract: No research has been done on this Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract applied topically to animal skin, human skin, or in-vitro. The existing research has shown positive effects of ingesting this radish extract to target diabetes and hypertension. However, is supposedly known for it’s antioxidant properties.
  • Allantoin: This ingredient naturally occurs in our body, and can be extracted from plants, such as, Chamomile. In skincare, it is used for its ability to soothe and moisturise the skin. Additionally,  Allantoin can help in healing acne scares without causing irritation. Since Allantoin is found naturally within our body, it poses a lessor risk of skin irritation than other ingredients.
  • Adenosine: Derived from yeast, Adenosine has been shown to smooth the texture of the skin, and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. (Source H)

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  • Butylene Glycol (Mildly Comedogenic): This ingredient stops the product from drying out,  and enhances skin penetration to other ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a possible acne trigger if applied in its pure form, and is in almost every single skincare product. However, unless your skin is SUPER sensitive, this ingredient from my experience is safe to use. 

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = The chances of this ingredient clogging your pores is not likely.

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”A great serum for acne prone and sensitive skin individuals. Great for preventing acne formation while providing light moisture to the skin ” 

Scent (5/5): IUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum has a refreshing scent related to Tea Tree, but too be honest, I can barely smell anything. 

Texture of the product(5/5):  Amazing! The IUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum is thick, but also watery like a serum, allowing it to smoothly glide on the skin.

Application(5/5):  The application of IUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum is fantastic. The serum  consistency of this product allows it to absorb quickly into the skin, and is not tacky at all. I especially LOVE how this product leaves your face looking refreshed, healthy, and dewy! 

Quality of product (4/5): I really do love the IUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum, and it is defiantly a staple in my skincare routine. Even more so, I have purchased another product from them! I have defiantly seen a reduction in acne formation from using this product, and I can recommend this product for the prevention of acne for individuals who are prone to acne. However, I wouldn’t expect miracles from this product.

I personally think that some ingredients could have higher concentrations (Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata Leaf Extract). In addition, some of the ingredients in the product (on the lower end of the ingredient list) don’t have much science behind their use, but are supposedly providing antioxidant properties towards this serum. Furthermore, a large quality of this product contains Tea Tree water and Centella Asiatica water. Even though this is considered better than just using regular water, this diluted version of these plant extract don’t offer much therapeutic benefits compared to the actual plant extracts. Nonetheless, looking at this serum holistically, it has antioxidant and anti – inflammatory properties, and is a still a pretty decent serum for acne prevention. 

Verdict:

  • Great for acne prevention !
  • Great for anti-inflammatory !
  • Provides minimal-moderate moisture to the skin.
  • Minimal to no scent of the product.
  • Absorbed within seconds.
  • Provides an AMAZING healthy dewy skin look after application.
  • Not a fan of a few of the plant extracts in this product, but this serum does make up for this with the use of  nice ingredients high up on the ingredient list: Niacinamide, Centella Asiatica Extract, and Sodium Hyaluronate.
  • Great product for sensitive skin individuals !

Recommended for:

  • Sensitive skin that is acne prone skin.

And as always, take care of your skin.

xo

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Disclaimer:

All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend*, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

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