I am finally done with my second bottle of serum from Naruko, Apple Seed and Tranexamic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum. The first serum was Naruko Marjoram and Lavender Brightening Serum. Overall this serum is good. It worked better than the first serum I tried.
From the serum name itself, it is obvious that the product contains Appleseed extract and Tranexamic Acid. Appleseed extract will help in smoothing out fine lines and aids in anti-aging. While Tranexamic Acid, is widely use in Japan as a whitening product. Tranexamic Acid is a Tyrosine inhibitors that can block melanin synthesis so that the spots do not thickens, expand and increase.
I am attracted to anything natural and this serum actually got me hooked with its scent. A lot of people may not fancy Apple Cider Vinegar scent(fyi I love Cider beer!!) but I guess I am the minority. On the bright side, the scent is not too strong. The scent of my serum does change after a month, I tried to get the last bit of it out to snap a picture for review. From cider vinegar to a less sour scent.
I have to give a negative points on the packaging. The serum comes in plastic pump bottle. It is very hard to get the serum out the first time as well as when the serum in the bottle starts to run low. For the first time, I need to pump several time before I could get the serum to come out and it came spurting out. When the serum is running low, I have to tap the bottle before I could pump the serum out. Such a hassle.
Texture wise, the serum is a bit creamy as you can see above. But rest assured the serum is very lightweight. It even turns watery once you start rubbing it in. The serum is a little sticky in the beginning but after I pat all the serum in, my skin feels soft and smooth. I made a point to shake my serum bottle each time before I pump the product out because sometimes when I forget the serum got separated to whitish cream and clear liquid.
Claims the serum promise to deliver and my experience while using them.
- Glycolic Acid and Malic Acid, will penetrates deep in pores and extract excess oil and skin cells that are clogging up your skin : I do not see any improvement in the amount of whiteheads I get even though after going through extraction few days earlier.
- Appleseed extract and Vitamin A,tightens pores inside out : No obvious pore minimizing effect because for my case, as long as I keep my pores on my cheeks clean they are hardly noticeable while the pores on my nose are there no matter what I do..
- 3% Tranexamic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Arbutin, to brightens dark spot, freckles and minor acne scar by penetrating deep into pores : Didn't notice my freckles got any lighter but it definitely helps in healing my minor acne scar and help with the discolouration.
- Zinc will control oil by unclogging pores and getting rid of excess oil : This helps in keeping my T-Zone less oily. Especially if I follow up with Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing White Night Gelly.
This serum is formulated without:
- Artificial Ingredients
- Pigment Composition
The fact that this product contains the highest content of Tranexamic Acid in the market - 3% (approved by Taiwan FDA) helps in speeding up the healing process of my skin discolouration caused by acne. I like this serum mainly because of its texture. It doesn't weigh my skin down and feel sticky (but do remember to pat it in).This product is affordable but I ran out of it pretty fast. I use day and night at the size of 10cent and it lasted for about 2 weeks only. I might get this again once I am done with my Naruko Rose & Snow Fungus Aqua Cubic Complex.
You can get this product from Naruko website (depending on your country). In Malaysia, this is retailing for RM55 (30ml) on Naruko Malaysia website