My Top 3 Innisfree Products 🌿

To begin the relaunch of SimplyEm’sBlog after my unintentional absence, we’ll be revisiting one of my old favourites: Innisfree 💚

Innisfree was one of the first K-Beauty brands I reviewed here on my blog. Looking back now, I realise that brand review wasn’t that interesting or insightful. However, Innisfree’s concept of using as many nature-sourced ingredients as possible in their skincare formulas truly interested me; kick-starting this little (ok, not so little) obsession with Korean skincare of mine.

“Skin-Loving, Earth-Caring” – INNISFREE 🌿

To take a look back at some of Innisfree’s greatest new and classic products, I have chosen my Top 3 Innisfree products to share with you.

🏆 Standing in at No.1, we of course have the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum (from Pure Seoul). This K-Beauty classic has undergone a few formula and packaging changes over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, it’s perfect for balancing oily and combination skin types 🙌 It soothes irritation at the source to restore lightweight moisture to sensitive and acne-prone skin types without encouraging excessive sebum production, and is an easy way to introduce some essential antioxidants into your daily skincare routine without drawbacks such as breakouts or heightened skin sensitivity.

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Pictured here you can see I have the 2020/2021 version of the serum, which additionally contains Triple Probiotics to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier 💚 The latest 2022 version of the serum has a scaled back ingredients list. It appears to contain less green tea and citrus fruit extracts have been removed, and now mentions the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid to boost skin plumpness even more.

🥈Second place has to go to the Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Jelly Cream (from likeskin). If you didn’t know this gel moisturiser has been around longer than TikTok, and was a best-seller before TikTok made you want to buy this jelly cream. This might be just a theory that I’ve come up with, but I think the Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom line was supposed to be a limited edition product line. If you know anything about the K-Beauty industry they love limited seasonal goods 🌸.

I remember when the Cherry Blossom collection launched one Spring, and I was sure that it would disappear by the end of the year in time for next Spring’s release. Evidently the Cherry Blossom Jelly Cream, as well as some of the other products in this line, was better received than the brand initially expected. Therefore, I believe this product line unintentionally became one of Innisfree’s permanent product lines due to popularity. And the same goes for the Jeju Orchid line.

I adore this jelly cream for its ability to improve skin radiance without making my oily skin feel saturated with greasiness. This jelly cream is bursting with dewy goodness to help achieve “glass skin”. It contains Niacinamide and good-old Betaine from Sugar Beet, helping you to actively brighten uneven skin tone rather than simply creating the illusion of more radiant skin with the glossy gel texture and finish.

🥉The ampoule taking 3rd place might be new, but it’s not to be underestimated! The Innisfree Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule (from Yesstyle, use code ‘EMMA955’ at the checkout for a discount*) is the only Retinol based product I have been able to use so far that hasn’t caused my skin to become itchy, inflamed, sore, or reddened. When I saw this product my instant reaction was: ‘Retinol + Cica!? That’s genius!’. Honestly, why has no one else thought of putting Cica – an ingredient which is so widely used in Korean skincare – with Retinol, the most in-demand skincare ingredient right now?

Before using this ampoule I had practically totally given up on the idea of ever using Retinol on my skin. The negative effects of using Retinol serums and creams that other people considered to be their holy grail, even for sensitive skin, just didn’t work in my favour. However, Innisfree’s Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule has restored my confidence in using Retinol to help prevent the premature signs of aging, improve skin textural issues, and fade blemishes. Yes, my skin did purge when first adding this ampoule into my routine, although aside from a small cluster of breakouts my skin didn’t burn or feel itchy as a result of using this ampoule.

Now that I have been using it for a month, my skin doesn’t break out anymore from the Retinol and I’m gradually starting to see positive changes in my skin’s appearance.

Texture swatches

Notable mentions
Innisfree has a vast variety of skincare and makeup products which I wanted to highlight. Some Innisfree products that didn’t quite make it into my Top 3 that I really like and have repurchased that I’d firmly recommend are:

Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser – a mild, low-pH foam cleanser for daily cleansing. The blueberry extracts provide antioxidants to soothe skin, whilst Glycerin and Allantoin help to maintain moisture-oil balance.

Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing Skin – ‘Skin’, is the name often given to toner products in Korea. It is intended for use as the first step of a skincare routine directly after cleansing to replenish moisture and prep skin for the subsequent moisturising and treatment steps of a skincare regimen. This “milky” toner is a best friend to imbalanced skin types that are dehydrated – balancing water-oil deep within skin and at skin’s surface for happier skin which is smoother, plumper, and sufficiently hydrated.

Innisfree Black Tea Youth Enhancing Ampoule – Helps eliminate the appearance of imperfections with its high antioxidant content from Black Tea extracts. It deeply hydrates and nourishes, and improves skin tone and skin elasticity for a “chewy” skin texture.

💬 Let’s discuss in the comments! Which K-Beauty brand first got you interested in Korean Skincare? Which Innisfree product is your go-to?


*Disclaimer: Some links and codes inserted throughout this post are affiliated. The products featured were purchased with my own money. All opinions expressed are honest, and have therefore not been influenced by the brand or any company in association.

One response to “My Top 3 Innisfree Products 🌿”

  1. Oh you’re back! How wonderful! I was curious to hear your perspective:

    – Does the Innisfree green tea serum still contain fragrance?

    – have you ever tried The Ordinary’s 0.2% retinol in squalane?

    I’d almost given up on retinol myself as it gave me the worst breakouts but I went from 0.2 to 0.5 to their 2% granactive retinoid over the course of a year or so and it worked really well for me personally


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