Review of Heimish Refresh Water Clean Up Peeling Toner on my combination and sensitive skin. A product that surprised me at first, but then made me feel a lot more cautious.
Right away, let me tell you my skin type and main concerns. I’m in my late 20s and my skin type is combination. My T-zone is normal to oily and my cheeks and chin are normal to dry. As a rule, the oiliness of my T-zone is aggravated by certain foundations, skincare products, and in the summer, but even then it’s just a bit of shine, so I wouldn’t call it oily. The cheeks and chin are usually normal to dry (sometimes very dry, especially during the colder months). I am allergic to some artifical colorants and fragrance in skincare products – usually my skin gets itchy and flare up, more rarely I can get rash. I also stay away from glycerin-based skincare, because it generally dries my skin out and causes dullness and flaking over time.
My skin is very slow at recovering from acne and irritation. I rarely get pimples (usually due to my cycle) and the post-acne pigmentation persists for weeks, despite various brightening treatements. So around a year ago I decided to try this toner, which is described as follows:
This product clears all remaining dirt and old keratin from the skin, and boosts the effectiveness of other skin care products applied subsequently. The natural ingredient Orange Extract works with AHA and BHA for maximum skin exfoliation and moisturization.
Price: $6.25 for 85ml. I ordered two 85ml bottles from iHerb around a year ago. This size is discontinued, but the toner is available for $17.6 on JOLSE K-beauty shop website (see my post unboxing an order from them) as well as on Amazon for $19+shipping. For the record, I’m not affiliated with these companies and add links for your convenience only.
If you ever order from iHerb, make sure you use someone’s reward code for 10% off your first order and then 5% every subsequent order. I totally missed out on this when I placed my several first orders. Every customer has it and basically gets the same amount you get as a discount on their reward account, but if you don’t know anyone using this shop, you can check reviews for products and just click on some user’s profile to see their code, or you can use mine – ACY6633. It’s always pleasant to give some bonus to friends and family though 😊
Used for: a year, from time to time (on average once a week or so)
Packaging: The bottle is plastic and the instructions are on the box in English (click on the image to enlarge it in a new tab):
Texture: it’s just transparent water. If you rub it between your fingers, it feels a bit soapy
Scent: quite strong fresh artificial scent
Effect: As you can see, the producer promises to “boost the effectiveness of other skincare, soothe, and balance” and it’s not the effect I got. The product is claimed to be mild, which is why I took the risk to use it on my face. My cheeks and chin tend to be the most sensitive areas, so they got a bit red quite quickly. When I applied other skincare products on top, my skin felt heavy. If I left the product itself on the skin, it felt a bit like a film.
However! This toner helped me speed the healing process of post-acne, making the dead skin cells peel off gently, within a few days. There were no persisting pigmentation either, so I kept using this toner on problem areas exclusively. I’ve also used this toner on body acne and it helped very well.
Efficiency: Since it’s basically water, the efficiency isn’t that high if I’d use it on a daily basis. For me, it lasts quite a long time because I use it only from time to time.
Value-to-price: definitely worth it
Repurchase: probably, although I wish there would be same size – 250ml is too much for my humble needs
Would I recommend it? Yes and no. Be very cautious if you have sensitive skin like me. At the same time, I can’t deny the fact that the product is actually effective. Only your decision to make.
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