Hit or Miss? iS Clinical by Innovative Skincare Active Serum

Featured in pretty much every great publication – from Oprah’s O Magazine to Elle, and named a top serum in “the best of the best” by Harper’s Bazaar UK, you can be sure I expected a lot from iS Clinical’s Active Serum.

I was lucky enough to be given a sample of Active Serum by Dr. Karen Soh at my recent trip to her office after experiencing my first laser treatment. She recommended this product and said it’s amazing, and as an anti-aging expert, I had to believe her.

Said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and acne, this serum also smoothes and softens the skin texture, as well as provide both long-term results. I also became really excited to try it out after doing research and looking at their their amazing before and after images.

I’ve been using this (almost) every night for the past few weeks, and I am really impressed. I never really thought too much about serum – to me, my beloved moisturizer is enough. However, I really do like the idea of a serum as an extra skin care step.

Though I can’t really vouch their long term results (unless you’d like a review years later!), but from the last few weeks my skin has felt ridiculously soft, and it gives an instant ‘glow’ and ‘lift’ to the skin. No breakouts at all, and I’m extremely happy with this product – I will definitely check out Active Serum once this vial is done and have already recommended it to my Mom. I’m a little scared that this will cost a lot though, but during the past few weeks I’ve hardly used the vial – though 2 drops every night is recommended, one drop for me is enough to rub over my whole face, so it may just be worth the price; you’re hardly using any product!

To put it simply, I would recommend this product. It gives such a youthful ‘lift’. I can’t really explain it; it just seems to ‘wake’ my skin up. I’m really glad Dr. Soh recommended this to me and gave me a sample (thank you!), because I wouldn’t have tried this product any other day, since I have no clue on what’s good in the anti-aging world. If you’re on the lookout for a great anti-aging serum (or a serum that improves your skin and it’s ‘youth’), do try Active Serum out. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

You can find iS Clinical’s Active Serum online at Amazon.com

Do you use serums? Do you feel they are necessary to your skin care regimen?

You may also like...


  1. I’m not a fan of serums myself but I like the fact that it can be use for multiple reasons. I’m currently using anti-aging products but I like the option of this one when you say that it prevents breakouts. 🙂 I don’t see to have any SPF, which is another option I’m very found of 🙂
    .-= Tavia´s last blog … Preview: La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion =-.

    1. Hey Tavia!

      Yup, no SPF – but I believe this is a night time serum? I’m not sure, but I assumed it was so I’ve been only using it at night. I think a serum once a day is fine, no?

      What anti-aging products are you using? 🙂

  2. I adore serums. I began using them in the last year or so as I started to see the first signs of aging (little lines around my eyes). I stick to the ones with antioxidants for the free radical protection.

    Regarding Tavia’s comment, I not aware of any serums with SPF. That would be pretty pointless, because serums are meant to be used as a first step. You’d likely rub away the SPF protection if you applied something else on top.
    .-= Sonja´s last blog … Yummy alternatives to sugary drinks =-.

  3. I recently discovered your site and I love it! I find all of your reviews very helpful. I’ve been meaning to try serums for a while now. Do you know where I am able to get iS Clinical products in Singapore? I’m only 21, do you think its necessary for me?

    1. Hey Kel! Thanks so much, I’m glad to have you here! 🙂

      I know iS Clinical is available at the Pacific Wellness Center, at Paragon Orchard. However if you already see someone for your skin, you could ask them too; I think there are quite a bit of dermatologists who sell it at their office.

      I’m 21 too! We may be a little early (I was told anti aging should start at 23-25), but I always feel the earlier, the better, 😛 Just make sure that whatever anti aging products you do start with are the “beginner” ones, as advanced formulas might irritate your young skin! I am loving the serum so far, I def recommend you try it out and see how you like it. 🙂

  4. Hey, sisters!!
    I discovered this site by doing research on IS Clinical product… I have heard good things from a 40dish woman.
    Anyway, I am 27… dont have wrinkle problems yet… but always had a few millia/syringoma ard my upper eyelid and under my eyes, also I have very sensitive/thin skin.
    Will IS clinical active serum worsen/improve the problem? Also I have heard about IS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum. What you guys think about that? Which one should I pick? Thanks a lot!!

    1. Hey Fifi!

      the milia seeds are due to too much moisture I believe, perhaps what you’ve been using had too much oil content for your skin to take? You may want to switch to something that is less hydrating, especially with anti anging products. Though the logic is that if you use something made for someone with serious wrinkles in, say, their 50s, hoping it will work even better on you, most cases it won’t. The ingredients for products made for those older than us usually causes reactions and milia seeds. For example, I used an eye cream made for serious aging around the eyes, those for 45+ of age. It stung like crazy, made my eyes water and felt like it was burning my skin. I gave the product to my Mom, and she adores it.

      So what I’m trying to say is that when using anti aging products, use those suited for your age group. I really like this iS Clinical’s Active Serum, so I would def recommend it. From what I can tell, you use so little product each time I don’t think it will cause milia seeds – but you never know. You may want to try out a sample vial? As far as the hydra cool serum, I’m afraid I have no recs on that as I haven’t tried it myself. Perhaps you can go to the sales clerk and be very firm in saying that you want something suited for your age group and that you have a problem with milia seeds.

      Fifi, I hope I helped a little! Let me know how it goes 😀

  5. Hi! Can someone pls recommend a good dermatologist in Singapore. I am relatively new & have been having major issues with my skin of late( huge open pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines on forehead & around my eyes). Am 36 & have a 9 month old to run after so really haven’t had much time for myself at all. I generally use dermalogica as I have very sensitive skin. Recently started using Lancome Genefique for eyes & face – it seems to help my eyes but no effect on my face 🙁 please help either suggesting a good dermatologist or a really good serum & sun block. Many thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.