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There’s a reason this boosting serum is this prestige skincare line’s bestselling product. Meant to be used immediately after cleansing, before any other product, this boosting serum immediately hydrates and treats skin, prepping it to better absorb and enhancing the effects of following treatments. With a lightweight but substantial texture, the formula is rich in Korean hanbang ingredients, including milkvetch to promote circulation, dwarf lilyturf and licorice extracts to enhance the synergy among the formula’s many herbal extracts, and green tea extract to brighten, fight free radicals, and soothe.

 

In order to balance and harmonize the skin, Sulwhasoo utilizes its JAUM Balancing Complex™. This complex was born after countless trial and error formulas. From over three thousand Korean herbal ingredients found in ancient studies, just five precious herbs were carefully selected to formulate the JAUM Balancing Complex™. It takes 18-hours of pure dedication and expertise to make each batch. This perfected formula is now 180% more concentrated than ever before, bringing you even more stunning results than expected.

 

The First Care Activating Serum EX restores the glowing radiance that the aging process robs from your skin. Fine lines are plumped and filled in, dry skin is rejuvenated and nourished, and balance is restored with this delicate combination of precious herbs and botanical extracts. Your skin will be firmer and healthier than ever before once you unlock the power of Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX for yourself!

 

Need  yet another glowing recommendation for glowing skin? Here’s what skincare blogger Jude Chao from Fifty Shades of Snail had to say about this special serum:

 

What my skin gained from the First Care Activating Serum EX (and then lost when I cut it from my routine, and then regained when I welcomed the product back into my life) was a youthful radiance that I don’t think I’ve had since I was seventeen.

Beautytap Director of Marketing Jude Chao considers this a holy grail. Back in 2016, she reviewed it on Fifty Shades of Snail and said:

 

“As we age, our skin isn’t just losing firmness, elasticity, and evenness of tone. Many of us also experience a gradual dulling of our skin over time. … I’m generally just not a rosy-cheeked person. Even when I feel good enough about my skin to go without BB cream or cushion, I’ve always felt compelled to use at least a touch of blush to avoid that DOA look.

The First Care Activating Serum EX puts some rosy color in my cheeks, perhaps due to some of the extracts in the product stimulating increased circulation in my skin. After a couple of weeks of using the First Care Activating Serum EX, I found myself happily going blush-free without looking like a fresh-ish corpse. That is a huge deal in my world and well worth the investment I put into the product!”

 

Read the full review here!

Pump the First Care Activating Serum 2-3 times, and apply to thoroughly cleansed skin. Help skin absorb the serum by gently massaging cheeks in circular motion with your fingers.

 

For an extra treat, use your middle and ring fingers to massage smile lines and around the nose, avoiding the eye area. Next, use all fingers to smooth out the forehead; follow by massaging upward, starting from the mouth area and following the jaw line up to the temples.

OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, BETAINE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA SEED EXTRACT, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, LILIUM TIGRINUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, REHMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM MORIFOLIUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ADENOPHORA STRICTA ROOT EXTRACT, LYCIUM CHINENSE ROOT EXTRACT, COIX LACRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT, ANGELICA TENUISSIMA ROOT EXTRACT, HONEY, ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS ROOT EXTRACT, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, NATTO GUM, BETA-GLUCAN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, ZIZYPHUS JUJUBA FRUIT EXTRACT, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, PEG/PPG-17/6 COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, POTASSIUM CARBOMER, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, DEXTRIN, CELLULOSE GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, PROPANEDIOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE

This prestige beauty brand, focused on hanbang ingredients indigenous to Korea, is as highly respected in its native land as it is abroad. Proof? Locals say its Ginseng Cream is something you’d gift to a potential mother-in-law. In its earliest iteration, that ginseng cream was what launched Sulwhasoo over 50 years ago. While helping his mother’s camellia oil business, Sulwhasoo founder Suh Sung-whan came to appreciate the power of traditional Korean herbs. Working with Kyunghee University of Oriental Medicine to blend traditional Korean medicinal herbs and methods with science-backed research, Suh founded the company that would become Sulwhasoo in 1966. All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are meticulously cultivated in AmorePacific’s herb farm, from the saponin-rich ginseng to white lily to East Indian lotus. Its signature formula of jaumdan, which consists of five potent herbs, targets the body’s Yin energy to fight dryness, dark spots, and inflammation. In 2004, Sulwhasoo became a best seller in Hong Kong, and in 2010, the prestige skincare line made its North American debut at Bergdorf Goodman.

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THE HYPE IS REAL, PEOPLE! This product is amaaaaaazing! At first it took some getting used to for me as you apply this serum immediately after you wash your face, but oh. my. gosh. the results are AMAZING. I have dry/sensitive skin and this product did NOT break me out or make my skin angry. I could continue to use products that I already used in my routine and this product didn't irritate it at all even after it's introduction. GET IT!

I agree with all the reviews on here... i trusted everyone and when I saw a beautytap deal, I pounced on this Sulwhasoo First Care Activated Serum. (Plus Jude Chao spoke highly of this! I couldnt wait to try it for myself) I am so glad I bought 2 bottles. On my 1st use, my skin just drank it like it was miracle water! I have mature, dry, but tzone oily skin. I feel so safe like Linus & his security blanket, knowing that I have a 2nd bottle stashed away. I dont think I could live without this... Read more

I totally feel the same way! I love the First Care serum and it was one of the first items I got from Sulwhasoo which had me completely head over heels in love with the Brand! I actually go into panic mode when I run out because it has done SO MUCH for my skin, calming down possible hormonal acne so that I almost never get a breakout now, and allowing my skin to heal very quickly with little scaring. In fact, I use the First Care serum on cracked, dry skin on my hands too and on small cuts... Read more

I’m very late to the k-beauty party but this was one of the first products I wanted to get my hands on very much. And it did not disappoint! The whole experience from the weight of the bottle to the light fragrance that envelops you every time you use it. And I do think that it has given me a radiance after continuous use, though it is hard for me to be abosutely certain because I’ve been slathering on a whole lot of other k-beauty products!

I don't know what's taken me so long but I still haven't tried any of these "classic" Sulwhasoo products! I think the alcohol in the ingredients put me off at first but everyone raves about everything so much I keep coming back to it.

Yes the alcohol was a bit of a concern to me as I had quite a bad experience with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir stinging my eyes (and face!) when I used it. (I only checked afterwards that alcohol was the 2nd ingredient!) So far I have no problems with the First Care Serum but I try to avoid it on my eye area, even though the model in the Sulwhasoo video pressed it into her eye area

I’d like to know, do you have sensitive skin ?

No I don’t. Perhaps just a little as some products do irritate my skin.

I fell down the kbeauty rabbit hole a bit too fast and slathered too many things on my dehydrated face and ended up with deep cystic acne for the first time! As I finally started to heal, the Sulwhasoo serum was one of the first items I introduced and wow! What a difference it made! Healing sped up and it soothed my sensitive skin!

I had read about this from my fav beauty bloggers, so it was always on my wishlist. When I saw the beautytap deal, I had to grab it because that totally made it worth it for me. I gotta say, the hype is real. My skin feels moisturised, plump, clear and bouncy. After using it a few days, I can see the glow and I almost don't want to put on any makeup. It's HG status for me now. I don't think I can go back to a skincare routine without this..

In between a serum and and essence. Almost a honey-product texture. Love the smell and how the skin soaks it in. Very light and you only need a pump or two. If you can get a beautytap deal do not hesitate on this one. You could use multiple products to get the same effect as this, but it's a no-brainer one step with this. You will probably need additional moisture after applying though.

I agree! If you see the beautytap deal, you better POUNCE on that deal!! So worth it!

Sold!! <3

I've been using this boosting serum for nearly a year now, and while I've tried other brands, I keep coming back and repurchasing this one. Sulwhasoo's fragrance is lovely and dissipates quickly. This gives my skin an instant glow that's utterly addictive. I'm a bit reckless when using it because my neck loves it, too. One of my all-time favorites for a very good reason.

One of my favorite products! The smell is so soothing; I enjoy the routine of smelling and massaging this product. I've been using it with the amore pacific vintage essence, iope essence and i'm from ginseng serum (sometimes all at once). Maybe it's this product, or the combination, but my skin has been so moisturized and 'glowy' that I had to buy another bottle while its on sale.