Product *Sample* Review: OHUI The First Cell Redesigning Treatment

OHUI The First Cell Redesigning Treatment
OHUI The First Cell Redesigning Treatment, 50ml, 270,000 won

This is the second product in OHUI’s The First series that I have tried. I have this in a deluxe 10ml sample jar, which lasted me 3 weeks when used nightly.

Info on OHUI The First and Cell Redesigning Cream:

  • OHUI The First is a premium skin care line sold exclusively at department stores. It turns aged skin like that of a baby by stimulating the skin’s mother cells. It consists of five products in total.
  • It contains key ingredients that rejuvenate the skin, including stemSP, which is structured similarly to human growth hormones, and Pycnogenol.
  • A key ingredient of OHUI The First is stemSP, which is a protein that stimulates the skin’s mother cells. Although the skin has only 3% stemSP, it is important in stimulating the skin’s stem cells, which form 90% of the skin. StemSP plays a critical role in maintaining the skin’s homeostasis and metabolism and helps the skin restore its health and youth on its own.
  • In addition, OHUI The First contains Pycnogenol, one of the world’s top three natural antioxidants. Extracted from pine bark indigenous to the pristine French coastal region, it is an antioxidant known to be ten times more effective than vitamin E.
  • The First Redesigning Treatment Cream is formulated to effectively improve all signs of aging, including fine lines around the eyes, dull skin, blemishes and imperfect complexion. Through the intensive application of OHUI’s bio-engineering technology, it creates an immediate difference in the skin. A cream enriched with the most refined nutrients – as the gel is rapidly absorbed, it gives a firm tightness to skin as soon as it is applied.
  • The product containers are also designed luxuriously and elegantly in a silver and gold theme. Rose absolute fragrance is added to relax the stressed body and mind.

When I bothered to put all this information here in my review, you can assume that it’s either very good, or completely bogus. This cream is very impressive, and I must admit, when I used it up, I went into some kind of withdrawal!

First off, the texture of this cream is gel like, which defied my expectation. I had used the Cell Revolution Cream and found it to be very thick and emollient, and this gel-like texture of the Cell Redesigning Cream caught me off guard – in a good way. It spreads very easily and felt thin, but moisturizing. It didn’t feel as greasy as the Cell Revolution Cream either. As far as the ‘immediate difference’ goes, they didn’t lie, because I did notice my fine lines plumped, and not from silicone either, it’s from the hydration. It’s one of the very very few products that plumped my fine lines right away (the other one being SKII Facial Treatment Mask).

The scent is strong, but at least it’s a fragrance that I don’t mind (Rose Absolute). I used this product at night for 3 weeks and my skin looked visibly rejuvenated in the morning, but not greasy. My skin could still breathe under this light gel-film.

Even though I think I will need the full size to see dramatic, more long term results, I am quite convinced that this will work, even if it’s just the hydration itself. Somehow, I am not able to find anything that hydrates my skin enough to plump my forehead fine lines (and not from some optical cheap tricks like mica or silicones). As steep as the price is, if I ever have it in my budget, I will not mind investing in the full size product.

Bottom line: my favorite OHUI product so far!

21 comments on Product *Sample* Review: OHUI The First Cell Redesigning Treatment

  1. hopeinablog
    April 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm (6 years ago)

    does the cream exist anymore? if im not mistaken this cream was the first generation of The First, don’t know if they are still producing this

    • Joseibi
      May 3, 2011 at 10:03 am (6 years ago)

      usacosmetics still sells this product and it is still listed under OHUI’s english site, so I guess it is still around, but not 100% sure…

  2. hopeinablog
    May 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Ohui’s english website is wayyyy outdated! the current line of The First doesn’t look like that anymore! i find it such a pity that LG doesn’t invest in their websites in english unlike Amore!

  3. Anonymous
    June 2, 2011 at 11:19 am (6 years ago)

    Hi! After reading your review I get samples of this from ebay and I’m using it for 3 days now, I don’t know what to say yet,
    Do you have ingredients list of this cream? it feels like something with polymers film and not moisturising enough.

    • Joseibi
      June 3, 2011 at 11:02 am (6 years ago)

      I don’t have ingredient list, unfortunately! It can feel greasy at this time of the year though. Also, from my experience, most Korean creams tend to be a barrier to seal in the moisture, so they tend to sit on the surface of the skin and not feel absorbed. At least that’s how I feel…whereas the Japanese creams absorb better.

  4. Anna
    June 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm (6 years ago)

    The previous comment was mine 🙂 Actually I’m starting to like this cream, and it isn’t greasy at all. I think it does the job.
    I want to try their eye cream too and maybe the night serum 🙂
    I’m interested too in su:m37 Losec line, is this similar to famous renovage ? I don’t read korean and there is very little information on english:( Korean cosmetic became popular here – I live in middle east.
    Anyway thank you for your very informative blog !

    • Joseibi
      June 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm (6 years ago)

      That’s great to hear, Anna! I don’t fall in love with some products either, but after awhile they kind of grow on me! 😛

      Su:m37 Losec line – I can’t compare to renovage because I have tried neither. But I found a blog with a detailed review on the entire Losec line: It is written in simplified Chinese but I could understand most of it (not all, sorry). It seems that the user really liked Losec – it’s not greasy and she particularly liked the essence and cream. The eye cream took longer to absorb than the 1102 time control eye cream. She reported refined skin – smoother, better texture, younger looking. Losec is fragrance and additive free so it is also a good selling point.

      My biggest complaint against OHUI is the fragrance – it is just way too strong. After reading the Losec review I want to try it too! It’s really expensive!!

      Good to hear Korean skincare is becoming popular in the middle east – that is some amazing news! 🙂

  5. Anna
    June 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm (6 years ago)

    O, thank you! I’ve tried with google translator but it didn’t help too much:)))) OHUI fragrance is OK as to me, and I purchased eye cream OHUI The First so I’l let you know how it goes. Losec (and OHUI and other famous korean brands) are not so expensive if you buy samples on ebay.They are even cheaper on GMarket. So Losec will be my next trial 🙂

    • Joseibi
      June 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm (6 years ago)

      @Anna – from the Chinese review I gave you the gist of it, it seems to be very ‘mild’ and works for fine lines and the reviewer remarked that she looked like she had a face lift and friends noticed it. She said she didn’t lose weight but her friends thought she did, which attested to the lifting properties of the Losec line. Very very enticing I agree!!! 🙂

  6. Kev Jang
    June 8, 2011 at 9:40 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Anna, I think that Su:m 37’s Losec line is for aging skin and has anti-wrinkle properties. What kind of stuff are you looking for?

  7. Anna
    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Kev Jang – I’m 42 so anti-wrinkle treatment is exactly my issue 🙂
    Hi Joseibi and thank you again – I’l definitely try the Losec line after this review. I use retinoids for years and they work wonderful but I need something mild and effective to add to my rutine.

    • Joseibi
      June 9, 2011 at 9:18 am (6 years ago)

      @Anna – I am 35 going on 36, so I can relate to the need for anti-wrinkle products too! I just find that those anti-aging products take a long time to see even a little bit of improvements – if any at all. One good thing about su:m37 is the absence of fragrance – I appreciate that. Sometimes I get the sense overload from using a variety of Korean products (esp. LG brands – very very pungent and sometimes not pleasant), it’s nice to use a whole line without the smell. 🙂 I am using retinol too, but it peels my skin without undoing the lines…I still use it though, religiously, but I am starting to use products with peptides so hopefully I will have something good to report in a month or two.

  8. Anna
    June 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm (6 years ago)

    In my opinion from experience – if I don’t see any improvement after a month I can quit and try something else. As we age we have less time to waste 🙂
    What products with peptides do you use?
    I’ve seen big improvement on wrinkles on my chest – the most sun damaged part of my body – with matrixyl 3000 – it was cheap homemade cream from ebay and I keep using it alternating with retin.Unfortunately it was not very helpful for my eyes so I still looking for something good. I’ve tried copper peptides too -with no results at all.
    OHUI The first cell redesigning treatment I’ve started before 10 days – and I see some refreshing, brightening and moisturising effect, I’l keep using it!

    • Joseibi
      June 14, 2011 at 11:30 am (6 years ago)

      @Anna – I am using Philosophy’s When Hope Is Not Enough Serum at the moment, it reeks like fish tank!! I don’t see any results yet though I hadn’t used it for long. Will report on it in a couple of weeks.

      @Anonymous – I had used IOPE Retinol TX (not the latest version – mine was from 4+ years ago), while it didn’t irritate my skin or cause peeling like some retinol products do to my sensitive skin, it didn’t do much for me and back then my fine lines were not as prominent. I had used IOPE’s Plant Stem line with no visible improvements either – used the essence and the eye cream. I feel for you, 5am, my daughter is almost 4 and suddenly she’s sleeping less, waking up earlier and I get less sleep than when she was a baby!!!

  9. Anonymous
    June 11, 2011 at 4:42 am (6 years ago)

    @joseibi Are you testing retinol products by Iope by any chance? I was hoping that someone would review them. I am there with you, my toddler wakes up at 5 am everyday…at the end of my rope. Circles and lines are growing and multiplying…

  10. Kev Jang
    June 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I find that Sulwhasoo’s Firming cream does quite a good job at minimizing the appearance of fine lines(I have a few on the forehead), but for combination to oily skin, it might be too rich. Still, it is a good experience with a sample size jar of 10ml or so, and I definitely can see myself getting one jar of it at Yongdeungpo station area when I am next in Seoul(I think it retails around 77,000 won, which is a hefty bit of discount considering the retail price elsewhere).

  11. Kiki
    July 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)


    I actually have tried and purchased sulwhasoo, whoo, and Ohui the first cell revolution. To me the best from the first cell revolution line are the lotion (not cream), night serum and ampoule. The ampoule works like magic on troubled skin. The lotion’s texture is hm.. jelly-like. It might be too light for you, but it is perfect for southern california’s summer. Stem cell or not, I find the first to be the most calming, lease irritating of all three lines. I have very sensitive skin. I still use whoo and sulwhasoo at night time. But whenever my skin acts up, whether it be blemish or blotchiness, I always reach for the first and the ampoule, serum plus lotion usually fixes everything within a few days. 🙂

    • Joseibi
      July 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing, Kiki! 🙂

  12. Kally1992
    October 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I just purchased OHUI the first eye cream. It was very expensive but after seeing all the positive reviews I figure it will be worth it. I really wanted to like it but I just can’t. the next day after using in my eyes felt itchy, then within days the skin around my eyes turned red and started peeling. I was really surprised because I do not have sensitive skin. I am 40 years old and have tried many, many creams and never had any allergies or bad reaction to anything….I can’t use it but I can’t tossed it out because I spent too much on it…so it is just sadly sitting on my nightstand right now. Really disappointed.

    • Joseibi
      October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm (5 years ago)

      Sorry to hear that Kally…eye creams are always hit or miss for me too. 🙁

  13. Kally1992
    October 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm (5 years ago)

    I meant using IT, not IN my eye… sorry for the typo


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