I’d previously told you about the newly revamped anti-aging skincare range by popular Korean brand, Laneige, the Perfect Renew skincare range. You can read all about the range and what’s available in the previous post, and in this one, I’m going to tell you about the star product, the Perfect Renew Regenerator serum.
The reason I’ll focus on the serum, is because for me, if you want something that really does make a difference, and which is the most potent product, it is likely to be found in a serum. The rest of the products are mostly complementary, and you can even mix and match to cater to other elements of your skin needs, and budget.
But you know what? Brands probably don’t like me saying so, even if it’s true! LOL! 😀
The new Laneige Perfect Renew Regenerator serum is a lightweight serum that promises to deliver the key ingredients to renew, reenergize and regenerate your skin. What you are supposed to get at the end of it is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin, because any fine lines are plumped up and made to look smoother.
Laneige also says that this effect is caused by the firming up of the “baby triangles”, which essentially are formed by firm skin. The looser these triangles get, the less elasticity we have in our skin. So, this serum serves to address this.
I’ve been at this for over a month, and I’m sure you want to know just how well it’s worked (or not) for me eh? 😉
Well, to be honest, it’s hard for me to say how well it’s worked. As it turns out, this Perfect Renew range is targeted at the 20-30 somethings, who are experiencing the first signs of aging. While this serum serves to also help skin feel more hydrated, I couldn’t use this on its own. I needed a further boost of hydrating serum or lotions, or even oils to help my dry skin feel more comfortable. If your skin is oily or combination, then you will likely find that it’s sufficient.
The product comes in a dropper bottle, and I use about 1 pump each time. I was told that 2-3 drops might be sufficient, but it wasn’t for me, so your mileage may vary.
The texture is very lightweight, and it sinks in quickly into the skin leaving it feeling soft almost immediately. But like all Laneige products, there is a scent which isn’t as strong as other products I’ve used, but strong enough to be noticeable. Laneige does say that the scent is supposed to be calming and uplifting to the senses, but not being a fan of floral scents, I’m not keen on it. I much prefer my skincare products to smell of nothing, or to have a more natural scent to it.
According to Laneige, this Regenerator Serum is an oil essence, in that they have blended oil, atomized under pressure into tiny little droplets, so it doesn’t feel like an oil, yet acts like one. While I can attest to my skin feeling comfortable with this, with no breakouts, I can’t vouch for much else because I have cared for my skin all this time, so fine lines are there, but kept at bay, and there’s no way it can look any better than it already is – I’m in my 40’s and I accept that there’s no way I can look 25 again, or like Song Hye Kyo – face of this new Perfect Renew range 😀
Because the texture is so light, the order of use for this Regenerator serum is to use if after the Skin Refiner (or any other hydrating lotion you maybe using) and before the Emulsion (or any moisturiser). Because it’s not hydrating enough on its own, after 2 weeks, I added a hydrating serum into the mix and my skin felt better.
So, I think this makes for a beginner type serum, if you want to look for an anti-aging serum that’s fairly affordable, or if you’ve never really cared for your skin before this, and want something to bring it up to a manageable level, before going on to more potent serums and creams. It addresses fine lines, re-energizes your skin and hydrates. But if you have drier skin or more matured skin, or if you have been taking care of your skin all this time, then you may not appreciate this very much.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Laneige Perfect Renew Renegerator is an oil essence serum, which is very lightweight and sinks quickly into the skin without feeling oily or heavy. I didn’t notice a lot of difference while using this, which might be attributable to the fact that I already care for my skin so this essentially has acted as a maintenance serum, rather than a repair serum for me. Those who want something to start with, or to boost their skin’s suppleness may appreciate this better as it’s fairly affordable. I do find that it isn’t hydrating enough for anyone with dry or more matured skin, so you will have to layer on other hydrating products to help it feel more comfortable.
PROS: Lightweight texture, Absorbs into skin quickly without feeling greasy, Comfortable to use
CONS: Strong scent, Not hydrating enough for dry skin
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a fairly affordable anti-aging serum and has not used an anti-aging regimen before this, Anyone who is starting to see the first signs of aging
AVAILABILITY: Laneige counters and eventually, worldwide
While this promises to rejuvenate your skin, I personally feel that when you’re someone like me, who places a great emphasis on skincare and therefore dabbles in a lot of stronger, more potent products, the effects are very marginal for me. But if you’re starting to see the bloom of youth begin to fade, or have never felt the need to add a serum into your routine (WHY?!) then you might experience the promised benefits 🙂
Have you tried this serum? Do you already incorporate serums into your skincare routine?
This has just been made available since January 2016 so I expect it’s still fairly new. But some of you may have already tried it or tested it at a counter, and if you have, I’d love to hear what you think! 😀
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Alyza Fisol says
From your review, the serum looks like something worth to try but not confident to buy the whole bottle. I think I should get sample of this serum first and try. hope they provide samples.
Paris B says
It’s quite possible that they’ll have samples available at the counters, since it’s so new 🙂 Hope you get your hands on it to try! I think it’s ok, but perhaps I’m not reaping the most results out of it hence the rather lukewarm response 🙂
Hi Paris! If you were to choose top beauty products from easy accessible Malaysian brands, what would you pick? I’m visiting Malaysia for a couple of days, and as a big fan of BB creams I’d like to try more of asian beauty products, but have absolutely no idea what are the best/most popular ones. Thank you!
Paris B says
Hi Joanna, we don’t have many Malaysian brands that I use, or am comfortable recommending. But what we do have is access to a good sized range of Asian and especially Korean brands. Look in Watson’s and Sasa for a good selection of various asian pharmacy beauty products, and the department stores will have Laneige (which is very popular) and Sulwhasoo depending on where you go. There are also other standalong Korean stores – Thefaceshop, Skin Food, Tony Moly, Innisfree, among others. Some maybe located outside the city, so it depends on where you’ll be and what exactly you’ll be looking for.
Thank you so much for your help!
bottle reminds me of khiel’s midnight recovery concentrate
how does it compare with khiel’s?
Paris B says
It’s different, to be honest 🙂 While they’re both for anti-aging, MRC is an oil-oil and therefore has more slip to it, and for me, works better with my drier skin (although I haven’t used it in a while). This is more of a serum texture and while it may have its benefits, I do find that the texture isn’t quite sufficient for me. It isn’t bad, just that I’m probably not in the right target age group 🙂
I just bought this. There’s not much reviews on the internet. Good to know that based on your feedback, it looks like it would be good enough for me. I tried the Shiseido White Lucent Serum before but it’s too expensive to repurchase.
I’m in my early 30’s and looking to replace Shiseido White Lucent, this looks like it would be perfect for my needs.
Paris B says
Hope it works for you Rae 🙂 This is different from the Shiseido White Lucent Serum, which I believe is more geared towards a whitening/brightening of skin while this, by Laneige is targeted at anti-aging 🙂