Abib Hypoderma SP1-2GF Serum Cell Repair Review

April 27, 2018

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I'll be sharing all about my review of Abib's Hypoderma SP1-2GF Serum Cell Repair!

Abib is a K-beauty brand whose mission is to bring the skin back to its immaculate state with hypoallergenic ingredients. I first heard of Abib on Instagram because of their Gummy Sheet Mask stickers.

They have very minimalist packaging and most of their products are actually hand cremes & brick soaps. They have very limited skincare products (only 2 moisturizers + 1 serum + 4 masks), but that said they still managed to get into my radar because a few bloggers I follow on Instagram used/posted about them hahaha.

Stylekorean approached me and asked if I would like to try Abib's serum out, and after finding out that it's for hydration I said yes! As always, I was not paid to give a positive review, and this post contains my 100% honest views and opinions.

Without further ado, let's get on with the review!

Abib's Hypoderma SP1-2GF Serum Cell Repair is a cell repair serum that not only focuses on hydration but also emphasizes on absorption. Abib believes that providing moisture is not enough and that the skin should also be conditioned to absorb the hydration effectively.

The codes in the serum's name are actually referring to the ingredients in the serum and the technology used to help the skin absorb better. This serum contains 10ppm of EGF which is currently the highest amount of EGF in any EGF-related product right now in Korea. EGF is a protein factor that helps to stimulate the skin growth at a cellular level, as well as increase collagen production and heal the skin. (Fun fact: did you know that the scientists that discovered EGF actually won a Nobel Prize for EGF's discovery?)

This serum also contains 5ppm of FGF, which protects the skin from damage, controls wrinkles and is involved in increasing the skin's elasticity. The SP1 part of the name refers to SP1 technology, which is actually protein transfer technology. This technology helps FGF and EGF absorb better in the skin, making the ingredients' fucntions more effective.

You can get Abib's Hypoderma serum on Stylekorean for $92, and omg I almost died when I saw the price tag. That's like RM360!

When they asked me if I wanted to review it and I saw the price, I was even more intrigued as to why it was so expensive. Is it worth the money? Keep reading to find out!

As I mentioned, most of Abib's products are minimalist and have very simple packaging. The Hypoderma serum comes in a sealed white box, and the product itself comes packaging in black 30ml serum bottle.

I think I'm seeing a pattern with Korean brands lately where brands prefer minimalist packaging (like Huxley, Abib, Althea, Krave, Tamburins, etc.). It looks great and when you do flatlays/store them all together you can't deny that they all look very aesthetic haha.

This product has a total of 33 ingredients and all of them have an EGW rating of 1-3, meaning they're safe and very unlikely to irritate the skin. After analyzing the ingredients in SkinCarisma, I found that aside from repairing and healing the skin, this serum is supposed to help brighten the skin as well with help of Niacinamide & Adenoside. People with dry skin might love it as well as it contains powerfully moisturizing ingredients like Panthenol & Sodium Hyaluronate.

To see the full list of ingredients + more info on each of them, click here!

The serum is clear in colour and has a thin gel-like texture. It's not quite watery but it's not super viscous as well. There is no scent at all too.

When I first applied it I was like "Where is the fast absorption that they were talking about lol this is totally like a normal serum", but after a few seconds, the serum/shine was literally gone and it was already fully absorbed into my skin. I was so surprised! Upon immediate application it will look watery/shiny, but after a few seconds, you can literally watch your skin go from shiny to non-shiny, it's crazy!

I use this serum after toning my face before moisturizing. Usually for serums I advice waiting 2 minutes after application before moving onto your next product to ensure maximim absorption, but this product literally absorbs so fast that I don't usually wait very long haha.

I use this for both morning and for night as I find that its quite soothing and cooling on the face. In the morning I'll pair it with a light moisturzer because it honestly feels like I don't need that much more moisture after using the serum.

I've come to like this serum and it's been a part of my skincare routine for a while now. What I like about it is that I don't feel like I need to apply so many things after it, kinda like an "all-in-one" feel. Its very moistuzing but not thick, so it was very...confusing at first. I was so used to layering lots of serums and essences to get to my preferred level of hydration that when I started only using this one I was like...am I sure I don't want to use more hahaha. More isn't always better, and I really feel like my skin is hydrated enough with just this serum alone (followed by a moisturizer to lock it of course).

For healing the skin, I think the effects are so-so. I had a few acne scars that didn't really fade/have any visible after 2 week of spot treatment with this serum, so I switched back to my usual acne scar products. It might have helped on the inside but it didn't really show any visible results in the acne scar category.

For brighetning, I do feel like it helped make my skin look fresh and even, but I didn't see any dramatic brightening.

It does what it says it's supposed to do: hydrate and increase absorption. However, for $92 is it worth it? After using it for a while, I'd say I really like this product and I would like to have more once I finish it, but I don't see myself spending $92 on one product alone. It's such a shame because I really do love this serum and I'd like to recommend it to you guys as well, but unless you're a rich skincare lover with some cash to spare or if you see it on sale, I don't recommend splurging on it. But bottom line is: if you have cash go for it because it's an amazing product!

(Hopefully Stylekorean has a sale soon with this product hohoho)

And that was it for this post! As always, thank you guys so much for dropping by my blog. I hope you guys liked this blog post and found it informative & helpful. I'll see y'all in the next one!

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