Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX Review

Sunday 13 February 2022

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX Review

It's been a while since I used the Innisfree Green Tea line even if I believe it's one of the best lines for acne-prone skin or if you search for antioxidants. Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX is a travel version of a full-size lotion from the cult K-beauty series. Is it as good as Green Tea Seed Serum?  

I've decided in 2020 to go back to university and get my degree in Cosmetology. Unfortunately, no one mentioned that studies = 2 weeks per academic year of travelling to another city. I was hoping that I'll test Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX during this time, but it turned out that I wasn't able to visit my uni due to health issues & storms - there's one road to the city where I study, 4 hours of driving through villages and small towns, usually after huge storms like the ones we had lately, it takes even over a week to clear some roads. After my experience with driving to my doctor about two weeks ago in the middle of the storm and seeing a tree falling on the opposite side of the highway - nope, I'm not driving in weather like that.   

That's why I've tested Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX at my home.  

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX Review

What's a lotion? 

We all know toners and how different they can be. Usually, Korean toners and thicker, unless you buy so-called skin (toner) then you expect a watery texture. Lotions are different too. If you expect thick almost body lotion texture you're right and wrong. Indeed, the texture is creamy, but it's not as thick as a body lotion.   

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX Review

About Innisfree 

Innisfree is a Korean brand founded in 2000, this brand belongs to Amore Pacific. Their products are based on natural ingredients from Jeju - now you know why some series contains the words 'Jeju'. They have a good recycling program, unfortunately, it doesn't work in Europe - but if you live in Korea or any other country where Innisfree has a shop you can probably leave the empty bottle there. Innisfree has arrived in US and Europe lately. Their Green Tea Serum is one of the best-selling products. In 2021 Innisfree released the retinol formula. I'm a fan of Innisfree campaigns - especially upcycling beauty which I hope to share with you soon. 

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX - Packaging

It's a single sachet, but you can also find a full-size version. The sachet is great if you plan to travel or if you want to try a new product.  

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX - Texture & Scent 

The texture is creamy, but not as a moisturizer. It's more similar to essence. It has a subtle scent.   

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX Review

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX (7days) 

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (86.5%), Propanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), C14-22 Alcohols, Carbomer, Tromethamine, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Fragrance/​Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glucose, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract  

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (86.5%) is an antioxidant with enormous popularity and use. You can use it as a moisturizer for both dry and oily skin or as an acne treatment due to its antibacterial properties. Maybe you fight with wrinkles, and you need support? It's an antioxidant, and it can repair your skin after the damage made by UV light (since UVA is helping your skin in aging) and free radicals. Even sensitive skin is a fan of this soothing humectant. Propanediol is also known as natural glycol - an alternative for propylene glycol. Propanediol is a solvent with additional moisturizing properties. It makes the texture of the product smooth in touch, and it can even improve the effectiveness of active ingredients. Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate is an emollient. It leaves an airy film on the skin. 1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic solvent and preservative - it protects products from microorganisms by boosting other preservatives. At the same time, it can moisturize the skin, and it has no unpleasant effects on your epidermis. Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin) is an emollient. C14-22 Alcohols is an emulsifier. Carbomer is a thickener and stabilizer. You can often see it in gel formulas. Tromethamine helps with the pH, to make sure your product has an ideal pH. C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside is an emulsifier. Fragrance (Parfum) is a scent composition. It can cause allergic reactions. Disodium EDTA neutralizes metal ions in the formula to keep products fresh for a longer time. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative with subtle moisturizing and antimicrobial properties. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil is an oily emollient. Glucose is a sugar that you should know, but maybe not as a skincare ingredient. When I think of glucose, I think of diabetes. People with this disorder have problems with glucose levels in the blood, and they need to control it. You might not even know how many people around you - not only elders, have to deal with different types of diabetes. Glucose in skincare works as a humectant. Althaea Officinalis Root Extract or Marshmallow extract helps with the moisture of the skin, it has calming properties.   

How does Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX work? 

This review is going to be way shorter than other my reviews because it's super hard to test a product that is supposed to last 7 days. Still, I believe Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX in this version is a great product to try a new brand or product you're interested in, without spending a lot of money or buying a full-size product and then being disappointed if something doesn't work for you. I'm not a fan of samples, since usually a single small sample might be not enough to test a product - I tried b.lab matcha cleanser and I know this cleanser has great reviews, but in my case - it was too drying for my skin and I found that out in the middle of 2nd sample.   

I tried Innisfree before and I feel like it's hard to find a product from this brand that doesn't work great on the skin. Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX in my opinion is a great product for summer trips - the version I tried is compact and the amount of moisture this product gives to the skin should fit oily skin during the summer. It's not a super moisturizing product, it's a lightweight moisturizer with no sticky film left on the surface of the skin. Some people even say it works as a primer under their makeup - it does work with my makeup, but I wouldn't use it instead of a primer.   

This lotion goes as the last step since Innisfree recommends using it after serum and instead of a cream. I believe it might be a bit surprising since when you read many skincare guides on how to layer your skincare products, lotions aren't as popular. Lotions are mostly associated with toners and Japanese beauty (J-beauty).   

I believe that this product is made for teens and young adults, but also people with acne and oily skin.   

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX Review

Where to buy Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX? 

This post was made in a collaboration with Jolse, Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX costs $4.72/10 ml at the moment - its regular price is $7/10 ml. The full-sized version of Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion EX costs $14.16/160ml (regular price $18.88). It might be not worth using the smaller version with the price difference but when I travel I look more into a smaller size than money.   

Have you ever tried any product from the Innisfree Green Tea series?



*** This post was made in a collaboration with Jolse even though  it still shows my personal, honest opinion on the topic and product.***

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