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My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
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  • THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Anti-Aging Skincare


    ultimate premium anti-aging skincare

    I have been using THE FACE SHOP's Yehwadam series (fairly happy with it) until I was introduced to their latest anti-aging line the Yehwadam Hwansaenggo. With just 3 weeks of usage, my skin has never been softer, plump and revitalized. It is the best Yehwadam range in my opinion and for many good reasons (prepare for a long post). But to be fair, I have my likes and dislikes in which I will share from a consumer's point of view.

    Before I go on, I just want to properly introduce what's Yehwadam.

    Yehwadam is THE FACE SHOP's signature line of natural oriental medicine-based skincare inspired by the stories of beautiful Korean women and their beauty regime secrets. An anti-aging line that focuses on harnessing the healing power of traditional Korean ingredients such as herbs, plants, and flowers through age-old methods passed down from one generation to another.

    The name itself is loosely translated into "The story of herbs, plants, and flowers".

    Ye = herbs and plants
    Hwa = flowers
    Dam = story

    There is about 5 Yehwadan range (if I'm not mistaken) catered to different stages in a women's life. Depending on which range, the prices could go up from averagely above RM100.

    An early anti-aging skincare line that brings out skin’s innate healthy glow.

    Heaven-Grade Ginseng Regenerating
    An anti-aging skincare line that improves overall skin health from the inside out.

    An ultimate premium anti-aging skincare line that restores balance and vitality of skin to combat signs of aging.

    Pure Brightening
    An anti-aging skincare line that brightens skin while providing moisture.

    Revitalizing Moisturizing
    Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing line is a traditional herbal moisturizing line that restores dehydrated skin with continuous long-lasting fresh moisture with its fresh flower water formula.

    Korean Actress Seo Hyun Jin

    skincare for ages 35 and above

    So Yehwadam Hwansaenggo is the "Ultimate Anti-aging" in the range. An all-powerful, all-in-one premium anti-aging skincare line that promises to restore balance, resilience, and vitality back to your skin. It is, in short, an anti-aging line that effectively brightens and improves skin resilience (anti-wrinkle). Formulated with two secret formulas:

    Cheon-hye-myeong-ui-dan Complex
    The unique combination of 12 pristine Korean traditional herbs:
    1. Wild Ginseng: anti-aging + enhances skin’s moisture level
    2. Sanghwang Mushroom: excellent antioxidant effects + rich  in amino acids
    3. Lingshi Mushroom: antioxidant, inhibits tyrosinase activity + collagenase activity, strengthens skin elasticity
    4. Rhodiola Sacra: nourishment, potent healing powers, detoxifies, + revitalizes skin
    5. Hasuoh: considered as the elixir of eternal life
    6. Poria Cocos: circulation, prevents premature aging, protects skin from UV rays + whitening effects
    7. Snow Lotus: " known as the greatest treasure in Tibet" brightening + anti-aging effects
    8. Rehmannia Glutinosa Root: improves blood circulation & complexion
    9. Angelica Gigas Root: prevent aging, minimizes the appearance of dark spots + promotes skin health
    10. Trichosanthes Kirilowii: smoothes, brightens the skin while removing wrinkles
    11. Goji Berry: strengthens skin boosts energy to reduce aging + improve radiance
    12. Safflower: As expensive as gold, powerful anti-aging ingredient that is said to cure hundreds of diseases.
    Bo-yoon-dan Complex
    Two ultra-vitalizing ingredients deliver deep nourishment into the skin:
    1. White truffle: Like edible diamonds buried underground. Vitality boosting benefits activating body's Qi
    2. Deer Antler: Restorative effects, strengthens the bones, nourishes the blood + boosts energy

    the secret to looking youthful

    "Heavenly Qi" to improve your skin

    THE FACE SHOP explains that in Oriental medicine, it is believed that our aging process starts at 35 and by 42, aging accelerates. You'll start seeing facial aging, hair loss, and gray hair. According to the Huangdi Neijing, an ancient traditional medicine record, this is due to the loss of our "Heavenly Qi".

    P.S: I experienced all three symptoms, noticeably after hitting 35. I have been trying all sorts of youth potions to stay looking effortless "youthful" and basic skincare no longer interest me (sad to say). Instead, I now find myself believing in timelines beauty secrets, crystals, aromatherapy, and healing sounds. Call me crazy.

    What is Heavenly Qi?
    It means the body's precious essential fluid (born with) but as we age, "Heavenly Qi" production starts to decline affecting our body's function (aging process). Wrinkles, lack of firmness, sagging, dehydration, and fullness are the signs of aging.

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo has five products in total

    did you know purple is color used in royalty?

    Let's talk about the packaging (my favorite part!). I do love all of Yehwadam's skincare range packaging. Each range has it's signature colors to identify the purpose. The revitalizing line is a pinky-peach color which I felt was like the signs of a girl blooming (youth). The Heaven-grade has a timeliness gold to it, just like the heaven gates. The whitening range is obviously pearly white while the revitalizing moisturizing range in hues of blue (standard "hydration" color ).

    The Hwansaenggo is a combination of gold with purple amber gradient. I am guessing to be ultimate, one has to go above normal, and the color of purple has long been associated with royalty, power and wealth for centuries.

    As if that's not extra, at the top of each bottle, is an emboss traditional Korean flower symbol topped with a ruby red crystal.

    Tell me this isn't extra, extra, extra rich.

    P.S: It may feel plastic to the touch but the packaging's made with high-quality acrylic. 

    the view from the top

    hello creamy gold goodness

    let's get pumping shall we?

    product sequence for day & nighttime routine
    How To Use:
    After your double cleansing, gently apply the toner using a cotton pad across the entire face evenly. Pat lightly for better absorption. Lightly tap a dot or two under your eye and massage gently around your eye area. This follows by the serum, massage lightly and concentrating on target areas for spot treating. Your emulsion follows next, then finish with the face cream.

    Each step must be done gently to avoid tugging your skin. Pat lightly for better absorption. Usually, I give a few secs after each step. This helps to even out and let the product sit before another is applied on top of it.

    Day Time Routine:
    Toner >> Eye Cream >> Serum >> Emulsion >> Face Cream

    Night Time Routine:
    Toner >> Serum >> Emulsion >> Eye Cream >> Face Cream

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Toner

    Let's start with my favorite which is the toner. It's a golden-hued toner that creates a healthy oil-and-water balance on the skin, leaving a protective film with Lecithin and Bio-polymers. Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol further promotes moisture retention, while scenting the skin with the fresh fragrance of infused Ginseng leaves and flowers.

    My review:
    This instantly softens and even out my skin which I super love! It just feels baby soft. I can't stressed how much I adore this toner. It's a must-try IMHO. The scent of ginseng is strong in this one and if you're a ginseng lover like me, this is definitely for you!

    160ml | RM181

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum

    This ultra-concentrated, translucent golden essence glides on like silk, delivering intense moisture and anti-aging benefits to the complexion. Ceramides and Phosphatides provide a firming effect, while naturally-derived Polysaacharides skin deep into the skin for a plumper appearance.

    My review:
    This is unlike any other serum I have used. Usually, serums are watery but here we have one that's balm-gel like. When I dispense it, it's thick but upon application, it melts like butter and glides away turning into a lightweight watery texture. This serum is pretty good and gives that double plump effect after using the toner. It would've been my favorite if not because it felt a bit sticky even after hours of application.

    45ml | RM300

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Emulsion

    This gives the skin an instant golden glow with its super smoothing emulsion, infused with nourishing olive and brightening gold pearls! Panthenol and nutmeg deliver and lock in moisture while preventing inflammation.

    My review:
    This emulsion is a slippery good of liquid gold! It's hydrating, watery oil-like, and leaves a glow to the skin after application. I stared hard at it and saw fine shiny gold particles shimmering back at me. That's must be the gold pearls. For me, it's good on its own as a daytime moisturizer because it's super nourishing!

    140ml | RM181

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Cream

    Formulated with pristine traditional herbs, this balm-type eye cream reduces fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Features a mild formula that is kind to the eye contour and free from harmful preservatives, colorants, and alcohol.

    My review:
    I don't think I've ever used an RM300 eye cream before. It's also quite big for one at 25ml. The tub looks just like the face cream only smaller. Even the butterfly gold balm is alike. I use this sparingly with a couple of dots under my eye. I worry if it would be too rich on the eye zone. I don't have wrinkles or concern for it, so I can't comment much here.

    25ml | RM300

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Cream

    Rich and balm-like, the cream wraps around skin like a cocoon, renewing its youthful radiance. Ceramides minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles, while the Elastic Emulsifying Technology acts like an invisible rubber band for visibly lifted facial contours.

    My review:
    I love the buttery smooth creaminess of this. It feels like I'm buttering my face for a toast. It's very rich I must warn you, but I love spot applying this on my cheeks as they're always patchy and dry so the richness helps! This is very identical to the eye cream even the packaging that I sometimes mistook it for the eye cream. The difference is the eye cream is smaller in size.

    50ml | RM340

    Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Cream Set

    The face cream is currently sold on Zalora as a special gift set (while stocks last). After it will just be the cream for the same price of RM340. If you purchase this, it will come in a beautiful matching traditional Korean pattern flower box that's sturdy and premium in its looks and feel. Inside, a perfect assembly of the full-size cream with a spatula and three travel size Hwansaenggo skincare products @ toner 32ml, Emulsion 32ml, and Serum 10ml. 

    the travel-size skincare that comes with the cream

    what a beautiful gift set it makes!

    My body and skin went through a change ever since I started on the Keto diet. Sometimes it's dry, sometimes it's sensitive but overall, before I get my nutrients balance, my skin has been on a roller coaster ride and this has helped in nourishing it at night.

    I love the ginseng infused scent in all of the products here, in particularly the dual-action toner that balances the oil-and-water in the skin. Overall, I am impressed with the Yehwadam Hwansaenggo range because I felt for the ingredients, technology and price point, it can easily match the other ginseng contender in the market (you know which one, the one starts with S). I would recommend this for dry and dehydrated skin types, mature skin and sensitive skin (I've sensitive skin and didn't feel any sting!).

    However because the products are nutrient-rich,  it may leave your skin sticky to the touch especially after layering. This is great if you have dehydrated or mature skin because your skin will lap it all up. Rich products like this make a wonderful night time routine where the richness seeps into your skin for all the goodness it can give and you wake up with wonderful supply deeply nourished skin in the morning.

    I would then wash it away just like a sleeping mask, and go only with toner and emulsion as a daytime routine for that hydration + glow. If I feel patchy, I will spot reapply with the serum. I wish there was also a lip balm to go with it, it will definitely be a nice touch to see an anti-aging lip balm complimenting the anti-aging skincare's nourishing power.

    what do you think of the Yehwadam Hwansaenggo range?

    The Yehwadam Hwanseanggo Ultimate Rejuvenating line is available online at Zalora Malaysia and selected stores near you. Members receive a 10% discount (while promotion lasts). For more info on this please visit THE FACE SHOP FB IG Website.

    Midvalley, 1 Utama, Cheras Selatan, Pavilion, Sunway Pyramid, Aeon Melaka, ioi City Mall, Sunway Velocity.The Spring Kuching, Bintang Megamall, KK Times Square, Vivacity Megamall, Wisma Sanyan.Gurney Penang, Queensbay penang, Sg Petani, Kinta City, Aeon Mall Bukit Mertajam. Bukit Indah Johor, City Square Aeon Tebrau City & Paradigm JB Mall.

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