iWhite Korea Aqua Moisturizer Glow Power Brightening REVIEW

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iWhite Aqua Moisturizer (blue) has been my holy grail budget moisturizer for years. So when iWhite Korea had launched a new pink moisturizer that’s infused with a variety of berry extracts and niacinamide, I couldn’t help but try it for myself.

How does it stack up against the original iWhite Aqua? Read on to find out.

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iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink: Is it good for oily, acne-prone skin?

For people with oily, acne-prone skin like me, the best moisturizer has the following characteristics:

  • More humectants (to hydrate the skin)
  • Oil-free (to prevent oil slick and acne)
  • Alcohol-free (preferably)
  • Good value for money

Let’s see if iWhite Moisturizer Glow fits the bill.

From iWhite Korea’s Instagram

Product Description

iWhite Korea Aqua Moisturizer Glow for Concentrated Brightening + Strengthening is a refreshing water-based moisturizer that leaves your skin soft and supple with a non-greasy formula. It is infused with Niacinamide and Berry Complex to help:

  • Brighten and even out skin tone
  • Prevent formation of dark spots, freckles, and uneven skin tone
  • Hydrate & maintain skin’s moisture
  • Strengthen skin’s barrier

iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink Ingredients

Berry Complex

Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Ribes nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract, Euterpe oleracea Fruit Extract, Morus nigra Fruit Extract, Vaccinium myrtillus Fruit Extract, Lycium chinense Fruit Extract

Other Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ananas sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Water, Ananas sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Ananas sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Juice, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Allantoin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, CI 16035, Fragrance

Other Stated Benefits

  • Paraben-free
  • Triclosan-free
  • Talc-free

Irritation Warning

For people with skin sensitivity, iWhite Glow contains the following ingredients:

  • silicones
  • fragrance
  • colorant

TRIVIA: Although iWhite Glow boasts itself as paraben-free, parabens are actually safe for use. The belief that “parabens are harmful” is a pervasive myth that should die already.

FAQs

Directions for Use / How to Use

Apply an ample amount all over clean face twice a day or as needed. If any irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult with doctor if necessary.

How long can iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink be used after opening?

It has no PAO (Period After Opening) symbol on the packaging which tells how long the product can be used after opening.

Is iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink paraben free?

Yes. iWhite Glow Moisturizer does NOT contain any paraben.

Is iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink alchohol free?

iWhite Glow Moisturizer does NOT contain ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol. It contains a small amount of butylene glycol. See ingredients list above.

Does iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink contain any synthetic fragrance?

Fragrance is listed in iWhite Glow Moisturizer’s ingredients. Whether it is synthetic or natural is unspecified.

Is iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?

“Our products are made from natural ingredients and some alcohol content but are FDA-approved and proven safe and effective. However, to ensure that it is 100% safe for pregnant women, we suggest that you consult with your doctor first.”

(Their answer to a pregnant customer’s inquiry on this post, dated October 24, 2019.)

Is iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink vegan and cruelty-free?

Maybe not. iWhite Korea does not advertise any of its products as such.

Is iWhite Glow Moisturizer non-comedogenic?

TRIVIA: There’s no existing certification or standardized testing, locally or internationally, that proves a certain product is non-comedogenic.

Any cosmetic company can claim that their product is non-comedogenic. Even the comedogenic ratings on which most beauty companies base their “non-comedogenic” claims are flawed and unreliable.

But since iWhite Glow is water-based, oil-free, and lightweight, it won’t likely clog your pores.

The best way to know if a product works for YOU is to test it for yourself.

iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink REVIEW

Appearance, Smell, Finish

iWhite Moisturizer Glow is a gel-type moisturizer with an opaque, pinkish white color. Weirdly, it smells like watermelon to me more than berries.

The moisturizing gel turns watery when you apply it. It instantly hydrates the skin and coats it with a lightweight, silicone-y film that has a very light sheen to it. (The “glow” part?)

The finish can be slightly tacky to touch, but not greasy or bothersome. If you don’t like any kind of stickiness to your face, you’d want to set this with, say, a face powder.

A tube can last for a month when used 2x a day, every day.

iWhite Glow Moisturizer is available on Shopee, Lazada, Watsons, Mercury Drugstore, and major supermarkets.

Morning Routine

Facial Wash > MOISTURIZER > Sunscreen

Night Routine

First Cleanser > Facial Wash > Exfoliant (2-3x a week) > MOISTURIZER

iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink with Sunscreen

I use a sunscreen with a medium coverage and matte finish and it works well with iWhite Moisturizer Glow. If your sunscreen has a matte finish, it’s likely to layer well too.

Sunscreens with a slippery finish may not work well with iWhite Glow. But then again, there’s no better way to find out than to test it for yourself.

iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink with Makeup

If your base (foundation, BB cream, etc) does not blend well with silicone (e.g. silicone primer), it might not layer well with iWhite Moisturizer Glow.

The best thing to do is to buy a sachet or two and test it for yourself.

From iWhite Korea’s Instagram

Verifying Claims

1. Brighten and even out skin tone

Brighten? Maybe. It added a slight dewy sheen on my face.

Even out skin tone? Not so much. I didn’t notice any “evening out” after 1 month of day and night use.

2. Prevent formation of dark spots, freckles, and uneven skin tone

Maybe?

It does contain berry extracts and niacinamade that have antioxidant properties. But the actual effectiveness of iWhite Moisturizer Glow in preventing dark spots, freckles, and uneven skin tone is unknown.

3. Hydrate & maintain skin’s moisture

Yes, it does.

But it’s what moisturizers actually do. It’s the bare minumum lol.

4. Strengthen skin’s barrier

Yes?

Moisturizing the skin adequately is almost always enough to strengthen the skin’s barrier.

The additional niacinamide can help repair a weakened skin barrier and retain skin moisture. However, in a dosage that could probably be less than 2%, niacinamide’s effectiveness becomes questionable.

From iWhite Korea’s Instagram

iWhite Moisturizer Glow vs iWhite Aqua Moisturizer

iWhite Moisturizer Glow has glycerin as its primary humectant whereas iWhite Aqua (blue) has more sodium hyaluronate, a powerful humectant that can hold water up to 1,000x its weight.

Idk how much glycerin and sodium hyaluronate cost in manufacturing, but glycerin is commonly used in many cheap, “drugstore” beauty products whereas sodium hyaluronate is found in more mid-range skincare products.

Interestingly, iWhite Moisturizer Glow commands 10 pesos more than iWhite Aqua Moisturizer.

The extra cost may be due to the extra ingredients (berry extracts, niacinamide) added to Glow’s formula. It could also be that iWhite Glow was harder to formulate or its manufacturing is more complex.

But basing only on the type and concentration of humectants they contain, iWhite Aqua Moisturizer is the superior moisturizer over iWhite Moisturizer Glow.

It being the cheaper choice comes as a bonus.

iWhite Moisturizer Glow / Pink for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

✅ More humectants
✅ Oil-free
✅ Alcohol-free
✅ Good value for money

Having checked all the requirements above, iWhite Glow is a great moisturizer for oily, acne-prone skin.

Its water-based, oil-free, and lightweight formula won’t likely to clog your pores while providing much-needed hydration to your skin.

As for the additional Berry Complex and niacinamide content, it may be improving the appearance of my skin, slowly or microscopically l, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Still, iWhite Moisturizer Glow is a great bang-for-your-buck option for an oil-free, water-based moisturizer compare to others. Give it a try!

Available on Shopee, Lazada, Watsons, Mercury Drugstore, and major supermarkets.


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