My review of K-Beauty brand Jumiso’s All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum
A good vitamin C serum is an integral part of my skincare routine. Stuck with oily, rosacea-prone, sensitive skin that is occasionally susceptible to hormonal acne (oh, the joys), using vitamin C has helped fade acne scars, counteract redness, and, if it’s a really good serum, make me glow like a mermaid highlighter.
Usually, I’d opt for a pure vitamin C serum, giving stabilized formulas the side eye. Stabilized formulas like Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop and Jumiso’s All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum have a much longer shelf life than pure vitamin C formulas. But if it’s not threatening to oxidize on me, does it even work?
I put Jumiso’s All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum to the test. TL;DR: I was pleasantly surprised.
What is Jumiso’s All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum about?
Formerly known as Drop the Vita C Facial Serum, this newer, better version is more stable, which is why it comes in a rather lightly-hued bottle rather than opaque packaging. It’s also more of an all-vitamin elixir rather than a pure vitamin C product. The All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum is formulated with vitamins A, B, D, E & K as well. Hey, the more the better as far as I’m concerned. Lay it all on me!
The main ingredient is sea buckthorn (aka Hippophae Rhamnoides or Vitamin Tree), a plant naturally rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. Jumiso also includes goodies such as hyaluronic acid, Cica, niacinamide, chamomile, green tea extract AND licorice root extract. It’s pretty much a dream roll call of skincare ingredients. What you’ll glean from this is that Jumiso is bringing two worlds together with this serum: brightening skincare and soothing skincare. Given that many vitamin C serums out there come with an uncomfortable tingling sensation for sensitive skin types such as myself, I was eager to see whether the addition of calming ingredients would make a difference.
Texture and application
Jumiso mentioned users may experience a ‘heating’ sensation on application but I felt the opposite. The texture of All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum is like a thin gel, and felt very cooling and hydrating on my skin. It has a vague, mild citrus scent (barely detectable) and absorbs fairly quickly. Excitingly, my sensitive skin didn’t protest and I didn’t even feel a hint of tingling. All-in-all, it makes for a very comfortable wear. It’s supposed to be used twice a day, but given I already have a very packed skincare repertoire in the evenings, I prefer to keep my vitamin C serums for morning use only.
Now admittedly, my ideal skincare product is not just one that delivers, but delivers IMMEDIATELY. But skincare is a process, it’s not always about instant gratification (but damn, I wish it would be). Jumiso’s All Day Brightening and Balancing serum works, no doubt. But it takes time (longer than other vitamin C serums I’ve used) and regular use. I could have also hindered the whole operation given I only used it once a day instead of the recommended twice daily. After the first week, I didn’t wake up with a radioactive glow but because it felt soothing and hydrating, I enjoyed using it. Around the 3-week mark, I was scrutinizing my skin in the bathroom mirror as I am sometimes guilty of doing, and realized it was actually brighter and much more even-toned. My dry U-zone was more hydrated without my problematic T-zone getting oilier. Overall, my skin was the picture of good health. It was around this time that I did a short video for Kanvas Beauty on the merits of using a vitamin C serum (without any foundation). You can check out my 'glow' in the video here, which was after about 1.5 months of using this nifty little serum every day.
Would I buy it again?
The answer is yes. It’s not an instant glow-maker, but has definitely made my skin healthier and more supple over time. This is going to be my new winter-serum, because Melbourne’s cold, dry winters are unforgiving on my skin and I need that extra bit of moisture that comes with Jumiso’s All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum. In summer, I turn into a sweaty mess as a rule – so will probably opt for a thinner, less hydrating formula.
Find the All Day Brightening and Balancing Serum from Jumiso online in Australia at Kanvas Beauty
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