Updated : First Step Skin Serums/Boosters



Sulwhasoo was the first skincare brand in the world to introduce the serum as the first step of a skincare. Since then, it has created history in Korean cosmetics as the first product to break the 100 billion mark – a first for the industry. It’s success has spawned many other first-step care skin serums. Here are a few , including the original one that started it all :


1. Sulwhasoo First Care Serum




Formulated with Korean medicinal herbs, this essential regimen boosting serum assures optimal skin care results, promoting balance and replenishing essential moisture and nutrients.

– Membranous Milkvetch promotes natural skin circulation and Dwarf Lilyturf and Licorice boost synergy among herbal extracts to restore skin’s natural healthy radiance.
– Absorbing instantly and deep within the skin, this serum leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple, prepares skin to receive treatment and boosts the efficacy of skin care used throughout the regimen.

Check out 100 ways to use the Sulwhasoo First Care Serum : here


2. Daal Story The First Serum




The cheaper version of Sulwhasoo’s First Care Serum which uses fermentation extracts as well as gold flakes which boosts the skin. Daal is under Skinfood.


3. Skinfood Ancient Rice First Serum


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Three different types of ancient rice that penetrates deeply and quickly to moisturize, nourish, and firm skin from within.

[Ancient Rice Story] The valuable red, green and black rice were served for the royal family of United Silla, an ancient kingdom of Korea. Depending on their color, they provide different nutrients that benefit your skin.

– Red Rice: Enriched with polyphenols, a potent antioxidant.
– Green Rice: Chlorophylls, a green plant pigment have superb anti-inflammatory properties.
– Black Rice: Enriched with anthocyanins, a chemical that increases elasticity in skin, results in a dark color.



4. Missha MISA Golden Snowflake First Essence Booster


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  • Skin awakening essence booster
    [Dual functional cosmetic of Wrinkle Repairing & Whitening]
    Concentrated essence booster awakens energy from deep inside by improving
    harmony of skin. It moisturizes dehydrated skin by supplying nutritious Ginseng
    Water and improves radiance by pure gold with 80 kinds of oriental herbal extracts.
    It creates perfect skin condition for better absorption and benefit on the next step
    of skin care.
    – 5 free formula for comfortable skin
    (Colorants-free, Paraben-free, Triclosan-free, Mineral oil-free, GMO-free)
    – Contains Spiceberry Extract (Ardisia Crenata), patent ingredient for anti-
    inflammatory and anti-irritation [Patent No. 10-0748851]
    – Dermatologist tested
    – 24 hour moisture sustainability tested
    – Skin adherence tested


    MISA Geum Sul made with the precious oriental medicine enriched and extracted by gold restores your skin condition as everlasting and luxurious as gold.
    With MISA Gem Sul, imagine that you have the best skin condition just like the shining gold sunshine coming down to your skin.


    Secret1, Extraxt & Fermentation by Gold
    A unique product made with wild ginseng, deer antlers and Reishi mushroom fermented and extracted based on gold will boost effectiveness of skincare and remove any toxin from your skin.

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Traditional pottery ripening is good at freshness control and natural detoxification of
the material contained.

MISA Geum Sul uses 24K gold ripening pottery, the first in Korea, for
conditioning and extracting the precious oriental medicine such as wild ginseng, deer antler and wild reishi mushrooms using gold.

Made with such noble ingredients, MISA Geum Sul rejuvenates your skin andremoves any impurities from your face. With MISA Geum Sul, you will feel the innovative anti-aging functions and skin purification.

Secret2. The Right Oriental Medicine Collected at the Right Time to Erase the traces of aging

97 kinds of oriental medicine will decrease wrinkles and traces of aging as well as
other skin troubles.

<The right oriental medicine collected at the tight time >

25~30 year old Wild Ginseng, collected in early autumn when the medicine
effectiveness reaches its highest
Wild Ginseng, collected in autumn when all living creatures bear their fruit and
the medicine effectiveness of ginseng runs down to the roots, tells you the secret
of skin revitalization.

Powdered deer antlers from New Zealand where the vitality of deer horn is vividly
The most upper parts of horn from deer as young as 50~55 days old and raised
in the
prairie of New Zealand composed of lots of growing points restore your dry
and loosened skin conditions

Wild Reishi Mushrooms from Jirisan Mountian, Korea, collected in the late summer
when their growth reaches its highest
Reishi Mushrooms which Emperor Qin Shi Huang of China desperately looked for an elixir of lifean elixir of lifeas an elixir of life, reach their zenith in late summer before they die. Reishi
mushrooms remove poisonous substances from your skin, promising clean and revitalized new skin.

In addition, Pure 24K gold, the symbol of unchangeable beauty brightens your skin
tone along with the more than 97 kinds of well-harmonized oriental medicine.

Secret3. Cheongeumcho prescription from Dongui Bogam, Korean medical book, for your perfect skin rejuvenation

According to Dongui Bogam listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registration, Cheongeumcho prescription helps anyone to recover physical vitalization and strength without eating any food for 100 days. Even powdered Cheongeumcho is said not to go bad for a long time.

The 7 kinds of golden oriental medicine including Licorice root, Wheat flour, Ginger root, Poria cocos, Honey, Ginger and Sesame seed oil recover skin strength and vitalization.

Other features for safe and comfortable skin care

Contains 100% Ginseng Water instead of plain water, made with ginseng collected in Geumsan, Korea which is famous for the best quality of ginseng around the world. The Ginseng Water provides enough moisture deep into your skin.

The graceful and dignified flower, Snow lotus herb which grows only between rocks located 4,000m above sea level and takes 6~8 years to bloom relaxes your body and soul.

– 5 free formula for comfortable skin
  Colorants-free, Paraben-free, Triclosan-free, Mineral oil-free, GMO-free
– Contains Spiceberry Extract (Ardisia Crenata), patent ingredient for anti-
flammatory and anti-irritation [Patent No. 10-0748851]
– Dermatologist tested

Source : official missha website,


5. Hera Preperfection Serum

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Inspired by the success of Sulwhasoo’s First Care Serum, Hera. from the same company that produces Sulwhasoo also decided to introduce this step in Hera’s Aquabolic line. This is the first ‘western-inspired’ brand that adopted this as the first-step serum are usually used mostly in ‘traditional asian’ skincare brands.


6. Mamonde Flower First Serum




Another Amore Pacific brand like Hera & Sulwhasoo aiming at a younger audience, Mamonde, also has their own boosting serum called the Mamonde Flower First Serum.

Skin revitalizing and nourishing serum with pure flower extracts.

After cleansing, skin is susceptible to dryness. This serum replenishes essential nutrients and revitalizes skin, giving it a healthy glow and moisture. Formulated with a bouquet of pure flower extracts.

7. Dr Jart+ AGE-X The First Serum


Anti-wrinkle booster that restores our skin and makes the next-step more effective.

– First-step serum after cleansing
It is the most effective repair treatment for skin
Apply the serum as a first step of the basic skin care instead of using toner.

– Booster that maximizes the efficacy of next-step
This essence-type booster helps to absorb the next step of skin care to be maximized effect.
No-Fragrance & No-Colorant

– Wrinkle decline function with increasing elasticity
Dr. Jart+’s berry cocktail which has patent for its anti-oxidant features, adenosine, and peptide, prevent the skin from aging internally and externally . Delivers the firming effects.

– Freshness and good penetration.
It’s penetration is so great that all of active ingredients will be deliver down to
the horny layer of skin. It’s absorption is quick with fresh feels.

– Giving moisture and vitality
To prevent dryness and evaporation of moisture. Keeps skin moist delivering vitality to your skin.
Main Ingredients:
Berry cocktail : patented anti-oxidant material by Dr. Jart+
Adenosine : announced ingredient for wrinkle decline
Peptide : increase elasticity of the skin
Arginine : give vitality to the skin

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7. AllVit First Rejuvenating Serum




This first-step serum comes in a generous 70ml bottle, and is to be applied directly after cleansing ( best applied 3-5 seconds after cleansing ). It helps optimize the skin’s function and moisture balance, and helps the absorption of the following products deep into the skin. The Allvit demonstrates a unique manufacturing method. A secret distillation method is used in order to secure dewdrop extract from a variety of oriental medicinal ingredients. The extract dewdrop has been known for an excellent dru
g because it boasts abundant nutritional and healing benefits and superior absorbing power to skin.

Oriental medicinal ingredients, fermented pearls and gold peptide components eliminate dead skin cells and excrete skin waste first, and then, additional oriental medicinal ingredients such as deer antlers, Chinese matrimony vines and EGF vitalize skins. This two-step medical process maximizes the effectiveness of oriental medicine.

It is free from parabens, animal ingredients, mineral oil, and GMO ingredients – therefore perfect for those even with sensitive skin.



8. Sooryehan Oxalis Essence




Before full fledged skin aging starts, the skin sends out the signals that is is changing during the initial stage in the form of subtle skin change. Subtle changes such as feeling the dryness on the skin, etc. Sooryehan Choyun is an Asian oriental herb cosmetic product in which Asian medicinal herb’s vitalizing substances protect skin’s initial signals, and addressing changes in the skin to keep it elastic and healthy.

This line is also oil-free and contains oriental herbs to cater for women around their late 20s and early 30s when women-like phenomena indicating skin change is the time when the skin’s balance gets disrupted due to internal and external factor. The Sooryehan Choyun completes the shiny and healthy skin of the young looking color by actively coping with the signals indicating skin imbalance by leveraging Asian medicinal herb’s vitalizing substances.



9. Hanyul Optimizing Serum




This serum which is produced by the same company that invented the 1st First Care Serum in the world – the Sulwhasoo First Care Serum – comes in 70ml content and will be sold for 65,000 wons. This serum will be completely free from harmful chemicals and will contain pure 83% of natural herbal content. This boosting essence helps strengthens the skin’s defences to give u clear and healthy skin. It also enhances the efficiency of the following products – so this is like a first care serum. It also inhibits collagen degradation and prevents the formation of wrinkles. It also helps cellular DNA damage from UV rays.

It will have a very light refreshing texture that will absorb instantly into the skin.



10. Donginbi Red Ginseng Moisturizing Firming Keeping Starter




Most of the oriental herbal skincare lines have their own first care serum – and the same goes for new comer, Donginbi. However unlike most of the first care serums that usually come in 80ml – this one comes in only 50ml !




11. Re:NK First Treatment Serum




Now first care serums are not restricted to oriental medicine based skincare! Even the high-tech skincare brands are introducing first care serum such as Re:Nk, produced by Woongjin Coway, an air purifier company in South Korea that also produces the oriental medicine skincare brand called Allvit ( which also has their own first care serum).


This serum or booster helps promotes regeneration of skin cells and strengthens the skin’s cellular energy source. With a rich sense of moisture, the active ingredients penetrates deep into the skin through ionized particles and fills the cells with moisture. It also helps remove the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface to give you clear transparent skin.

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  1. The Secret Key First Care Serum is actually half price at Gmarket , is it good enough to worth the money ?

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