After my skin recovered from dermatitis several months ago, I became hesitant to try out new products. I stuck to a minimal routine of cica (centella asiatica) products for around 5 months straight. This paid off as my skin barrier was restored, my dermatitis did not recur and I didn’t have any major breakouts. The problem with a purely cica skincare routine, however, is that it doesn’t seem to do anything for my skin’s elasticity and radiance. In other words, my skin looked dull, tired, and even a bit saggy. So after my wedding, I decided to go back to trying out new products again, and one of the products I started to incorporate in my routine was this Aquatide Resurface Serum* from Korean brand Logically Skin. This was gifted to me by local online store @seoultrolley. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, considering my skin concerns at the time.
The key ingredient of this “anti-aging” serum is called “Aquatide”, and TBH, it was my first time hearing of this ingredient. But after researching on it, I was quite amazed. I learned that Aquatide was a molecule developed in 2011 by a South Korean cosmetics company. Aquatide is a peptide mimic of PCA (pyroglutamic acid), which is a naturally occurring component of human skin and a part of the “natural moisturizing factors” (NMF) that maintain a healthy epidermis. Aquatide, however, supposedly has even stronger water retaining activities and higher stability than PCA. Aquatide was reportedly also found to activate anti-oxidation related genes. And with these abilities, Aquatide has reportedly “proven to be an effective ingredient for atopic dermatitis, acne, skin ageing, inflammation, and even pollutant-induced damages.” So basically, it is a powerful anti-oxidant/anti-aging ingredient.
I’ve been using the Logically Skin Aquatide Resurface Serum day and night for exactly three weeks now and I can say I’m very satisfied with the results. At first I doubted that it would do anything because it was too watery and it didn’t have any scent, so it felt like I was just applying water to my face. But after using it for two days, I already noticed how my skin looked brighter than it was two days before. As I continued to use it for several more days, I also noticed an improvement in my skin’s elasticity and firmness, in a way that it seemed more lifted and even less puffy. My skin looked significantly healthier and more alive, if that makes sense. I continued using it for another two weeks and the results were sustained. This product only confirmed what I already knew: at this point in my life, I really need to be intentionally using well-aging or “anti-aging” products already. This anti-aging serum really made a difference in my skin and I intend to continue using it and possibly even repurchase it in the future.
In a nutshell:
-As an “anti-aging” serum, it really works! Skin looks brighter, firmer, and more lifted.
-Super lightweight and absorbs easily so I have no issues using it under makeup. In fact it makes my makeup look better, even my husband noticed. One time he asked me if I was wearing “different makeup” (bec it looked good) but I wasn’t, so I could only attribute it to the new skincare product I was using🥰
-Aside from Aquatide, it also has several other good ingredients: Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Trehalose, Hyaluronic acid, Mugwort extract, etc. [See full ingredient list below.]
Logically Skin Aquatide Resurface Serum Full Ingredient List:
Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-hexanediol, Propanediol, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pasque Flower Extract, Ussian Extract, Linden second fruit extract, Adenosine Snail Vine Extract, Lavender Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Disodium IDT, Aquatide 5000 4% (hexacarboxydimethylpeptide-12), Biosaccharide Gum-4, Biopolarbonoid, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Citron Extract, Pine Leaf Extract, Mugwort Extract, Broccoli Extract, Corn Mint oil
-Contains essential oils (I was surprised it did bec it was completely odorless).