Today I’m going to review another product from the Korean luxury brand, The History of Whoo, their whitening range know as Gongjinhyang Seol. I managed to get miniature travel sets consists of Balancer AKA toner, Emulsion, and Moisture Cream which would last me for almost 3 weeks with full usage both day and night.
The History of Whoo is well known due to its premium ingredients such as wild ginseng, gold, pearl, plant placenta, etc that were used by the Korean royal members of the palace during the imperial era.
One of the main ingredients is Wild Chrysanthemum water provides skin with moisturizing benefits to promote skin clarity. Another ingredient is their patented Jinjusamsan Complex™, a mixture of ingredients that prevents melanin formation. It’s a powerful antioxidant that improves skin texture and evens the skin tone. The active components are extracted from 7-year-old cultivated wild ginseng. South sea pearls are then combined with the treated wild ginseng and together they are placed into rice vinegar to extract the purest essence.
Chilhyangpalbaeksan is an oriental herbal medicine prescription for skin whitening from the royal family. It’s a combination of 15 ingredients with pleasant fragrances (including red mandarin, sandalwood, white ginseng, and tuckahoe) and is used for intensive care for melasma and blemishes that cause by UV rays and air pollution. It minimizes skin stress to reduce melanin production and prevents aging-induced skin dullness to brighten face illumination.
Seolgamsan Complex improves cellular regeneration to reduce melanin accumulation. A combination of five ingredients rich in nutrition and nourishment, it’s good for intensive hydration, skin translucency, and overall skin nutrition.
Gongjinhyang Seol Radiant White Balancer
The texture is very watery and runny in milky color. As you can see how it glides on my hand. The scent is very medicinal but it doesn’t linger long, application-wise it absorbs quickly into the skin.
Gongjinhyang Seol Radiant White Emulsion
The texture is quite creamy and in white milky color. I’m not sure whether you can see it or not, there are small micro-capsules which I believe holding some of the ingredients. The scent is also medicinal same scent as the balancer but it doesn’t linger long, application-wise it absorbs quickly into the skin. But it may leave a slightly tacky feel.
Gongjinhyang Seol Radiant White Moisture Cream
The cream I dislike the most as it leaves your skin extremely oily. Some felt that their skin appears dewier and radiant after using so I believe it only suitable for those having dry skin.
The result from using for 3 weeks, I can see my face is brightened and the skin tone is whitened up one tone. So it’s quite surprising for me to see the result in such a short span of time but I believe it’s mainly due to the ONE by KOSÉ (OBK) Melanoshot White Brightening Serum, as these products compliment each other and also enhances the effect of ONE by KOSÉ (OBK) Melanoshot White Brightening Serum as it being a whitening serum since I did not use serum from WHOO whitening range. I can see that all my scarring and sunspot diminished faster than before.
However, there is one major downside to this, as it does cause your face to be oilier after sometimes. Especially after waking up in the morning as I believe its caused by the Moisture Cream. The Moisture Cream is extremely rich and creamy so I don’t feel very comfortable every time I put it on but for the sake of the result I’ve just put in on every night since it does not cause any breakout.
Overall, I don’t really think this range is suitable for guys with combination or oily skin. which may cause breakout especially those of us living in a high humidity climate. As you can felt your face very heavy, thick, and oilier even though during application both balancer and emulsion absorb effortlessly into the skin. Since I’m using it both during the day and night I can see my face becoming oilier in the afternoon and extremely oily after waking up which mainly due to the White Moisture Cream, as when I did not use the White Moisture Cream, it’s the same level of oiliness as my day time.
As for me, I won’t be purchasing this in the full retail size due to the price point if I were to compare this Decorté Phytotune Whitening Series in which your skin won’t be oily even after waking up skin feel hydrated and soft.
My overall rating will be 3 stars since it does help in the brightening and whitening skin. And downsides are the price point and after effect feeling.
I got more product range to try from The History of Whoo, but still struggling to find time to write my review.
*I’m an Asian guy with an oily combination skin condition in my early 30s and living a tropical climate with hot and humid weather.
**Reviews are based on my own experience usage, research online and knowledge shared between beauty advisors.
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