Give your skin the rich herbal cocktail of many an Asian grandmother’s loving herbal soups with the Asian Powerhouse Serum. I formulated this serum by using herbal extracts that remind me of traditional Asian health-boosting soups and stews made for me when I was little by my mother and grandmother.
Ingredient Deep Dive:
🌿 Ginseng: this antioxidant powerhouse is revered in traditional Chinese medicine for its ability to revive tired skin and its anti-aging properties.
🌿 Sake: Sake is incredible for evening skin tone and diminishing the appearance of scars, as well as to make skin appear younger and fresher.
🌿 Turmeric: a traditional ingredient used across Asia to speed scar healing, to even skin tone and brighten skin.
🌿 Camellia Japonica: also known as Tsubaki, this beautiful flower and plant is rich in vitamins A, B, D, E, and Omega 3, 6 and 9 and is many a Japanese woman’s skin secret.
🌿Goji Berries are antioxidant rich and helps rejuvenate sun damaged skin
🌿 Mushroom extract mix: mushrooms are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and have anti-aging effects
🌿Bamboo and fermented Bamboo: provides deep hydration and helps with hyperpigmentation.
Asian Powerhouse Serum functions like a K-Beauty "essence" to be applied right after cleansing, and before heavier layers like the Marine Serum and facial oils. Pairs extremely well with Marine Serum (which will go on after you apply Asian Powerhouse).
Travel Size 7ml $15 | Full Size 1 oz $75
Evens skin tone
Instructions: Apply after double cleansing and toning, and follow with facial oils and moisturizers. Can be layered with other serums or essences, and also used as an essence toner.
Note: some studies say to avoid Ginseng, an ingredient in this serum, during pregnancy. Check with your healthcare professional before using.
My first review of the APH was kind of meh because I didn't think it did anything, and so I let the sample/travel size run out. Then I noticed after a couple of weeks that I didn't wake up with soft smooth skin and after some trial and error, I concluded the only thing different was the APH. I also noticed that other serums and moisturizers weren't absorbed as fully or it didn't dry down as matte/less oily as when I applied the APH as first serum. I was also trying out other SB products during this time which was why I didn't notice the difference right away. As soon as I reordered and resumed using APH, I feel like my skin is happy again. I may not be able to see results just yet but I can definitely feel them!
I use this as part of my nightly routine. My skin feels amazing after I use this.
Casey Lynch (Penns Grove, US)
Skin Concerns:Signs of aging
APH for the win!
this is a GREAT serum. one of my first SB products and a permanent staple in my routine. Lightweight for multi layered winters and minimal routine summers.
Farrah (Pleasant Hill, US)
Skin Type:Normal, Dry
Skin Concerns:Dark spots/scarring/discoloration
Lightweight + subtle
This is one of the first products I ever got from here -- I originally got a sampler/"travel size" of it (as seen in the photo) and ended up getting the full size. I've been using a couple drops of this once a night and it's still going strong! Overall, it feels super lightweight and absorbs easily. Over time, my hyperpigmented areas seem to be improving and my skin does feel more moisturized afterward.
Tarah Haedo (New York, US)
Skin Type:Oily, Sensitive , Combination
Skin Concerns:Signs of aging, Dullness, Redness/inflammation
Excellent foundational serum
Huge fan of this serum, using it twice a day after applying toner. Really nourishes my skin!