Ever since finishing up my bottle of Neogen’s Cera Oil, I’ve been on the hunt for other essence oils, the non-mixing concoctions that are part essence, part oil, that you vigorously shake before applying to your face. After reading this rave review that first brought 2Sol as a brand to my attention, this product landed on my list and then on my lap. Unlike the Cera Oil, I didn’t fall in love with this strangely named product immediately. In fact, I didn’t even like it very much until I ran out, panicked, and realized I needed it back in my life.
AT A GLANCE
Moisturizing Serum maintains skin’s natural balance of oil and water (hydro-lipid layer)
Where does it fit in your routine?
If you go by the thin-to-thick rule, this product should be used either before or after serum/ampoule steps. Personally, I think this is perfect to use before creams. More on that later.
Size and Price
30ml of product. I purchased this along with a bunch of other hard-to-find 2Sol products using Koreanbuddy‘s awesome and super easy-to-use forwarding service. It is also available on Testerkorea for $6.05 before shipping or ebay for $14.
This comes in a plastic bottle with a twist off cap. It’s very simple and practical, although I did have some issues with leakage when using while travelling.
Color and texture
It looks like milk and feels like milk.
What’s in it?
- SWEET ALMOND OIL
This is an emollient oil that is rich in triglycerides, oleic, linoleic, and myristic fatty acids that have skin soothing and repairing properties. In this study, almond oil was even shown to reduce the effect of UV light-induced photoaging on the skin of mice.
- APRICOT KERNEL OIL
Rich in gamma-linoleic acid, Vit E, and oleic acids, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Apricot Kernel oil also contains sterols (think cholesterol) which can help maintain a healthy skin barrier.
- AVOCADO OIL
Avocado oil is high in Vit A, D, & E, lecithin, phytosterols, oleic acid, and essential fatty acids. It has been shown to promote increased colagen synthesis and decrease the number of inflammatory cells during the wound-healing process, and in this (small) comparative study to speed up wound healing in rats.
- SODIUM HYALURONATE
The salt form of hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant that can hold 1000X its weight in water.
Like the 2Sol Elixir Propolis Serum, the formulation of this product steers clear of potential irritating ingredients and focuses on ones that have skin-soothing properties. The oils chosen here are all lightweight and emollient.
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies Apricot Kernel Oil (2), Avocado Oil (2), and Butylene Glycol (1) as acne trigger. No irritants are identified.
Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Steareth-21, Betaine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder
The thing with 2Sol products is that they don’t seem to bother with skincaretainment or even cosmetic elegance/user experience all that much. With the Elixir Propolis Serum, I complained about the medicinal smell and stickiness (which considering the serum only contained 10% propolis seemed excessive). My beef with the DSM (Deep Silky Moisture) is that it resembles milk way too much.
So yeah. While I have no problem using snail slime, placenta, horse oil, or ground up starfish on my face, I have a general aversion towards random products that resemble food. For example, there’s an adorable jar of Chosungah22 Wonder Juice sitting in my drawer never getting any use because it looks and smells too much like peach juice and the thought of putting peach juice on my face feels icky. With milk, I also happen to be mildly lactose intolerant, so the mental block is even stronger.
Ultimately, I got over it. It’s really not a big deal at all, but this is one of those rare cases I would’ve appreciated a bit of added fragrance (or color maybe?) just to tell me the stuff I’m smearing on my face isn’t actually milk.
I mentioned earlier that instead of following the thin-to-thick rule, I prefer to apply this right before I apply a cream. Thing is, this product is not particularly hydrating or moisturizing (disclaimer: I have super dry skin so YMMV) on its own. In fact, as a replacement for the Neogen Cera-Oil, which does both of those things, it’s not a replacement at all.
Where this product really shines is as a transitional step between my watery steps and cream step.
I have a lot of issues with creams, which is really inconvenient because I also have very dry skin. At best, creams are too light and don’t do nearly enough moisturizing. At worst, they sit on my skin and leave an uncomfortable film of residue sitting on my skin that never seems to absorb.
The 2Sol Deep Silky Moisture tackles both of the issues I have with creams. The oil content helps supplement creams that are too light, in the same way that adding drops of regular face oil into creams can make them more effective. What’s more impressive is DSM primes my skin to better absorb the moisturizer that follows. It can’t magically fix every problematic cream, but it makes it easier to apply creams and helps those creams sink in better. I’ve tried various other products (toners, emulsions, oils) for this purpose and nothing else I’ve tried seems to work as well. My theory for why DSM works so well in this regard is the ratio of liquid and oil and the lack of emulsifier somehow balances the moisture and oil levels of my face in between steps.
When I was in Scandinavia last month, I would slather on stupid amounts of Guerisson 9Complex cream in an effort to prevent my skin from getting to dry. I realized after some trial and error that I could use DSM to facilitate the application of multiple layers of Guerisson 9Complex Cream, like using frosting to pile on multiple layers of cake. I could apply enough moisturizer to keep my skin adequately hydrated and protected from the cold and winds without looking like a grease ball. This was game-changing. I’m actually a little excited for winter to come around this year because I feel like I’m ready for the challenge.
So overall, this product wasn’t super impressive as a standalone product, but as a transitional tool in routine as a whole, it’s a must-have for me, especially when colder months come around.
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