by Rosy Day Blog
Wishtrend Mandelic Acid Prep Water: An Exfoliating Toner for Sensitive SkinDisclosure:
I received this product from Cupidrop in exchange for my honest review. I was not given any money to do this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for Wishtrend or Cupidrop.
Wishtrend is South-Korea-based online store well-known for carrying “obscure”, niche-type brands that are not only affordable but high in quality. In addition to brands that have earned a cult following such as Klairs, Benton, and Cosrx to name a few, Wishtrend themselves have a few products under their By Wishtrend brand.
How You Can Exfoliate Daily With Sensitive Skin Using Mandelic AcidProduct Description:
As quoted from Cupidrop, “By Wishtrend’s Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a daily exfoliating toner formulated with 5% Mandelic Acid, which is safe for sensitive skin. This acid is a form of AHA, extracted from bitter almonds.”
Instead of harsh, peeling exfoliants, this claims to gently lift dead skin cells off your face - thus making a perfect base for other skincare products as well as makeup application. Skin will look & feel smoother plus brighter over time.
How To Use:
Official instructions are “After cleansing, apply an adequate amount of product to the skin and pat lightly to absorb. If more effective exfoliating is desired, saturate a cotton pad with product and use it to wipe the skin”. As this is an AHA product, always follow up with a moisturizer and use sunscreen if going outside. Don’t use this product with other facial scrubs or products with AHA/BHA/Vitamin C as it will increase irritation.
The Benefits of Mandelic AcidNotable Ingredients:
Water, Mandelic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Carbomer
Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Prep Water Product ReviewPackaging:
The vanity in me doesn’t like the brown alcohol/medicine bottle, LOL. I’m not against the brown/dark packaging, I just felt like it could have been done a tad better. Though I will say the packaging does look a bit better in person than as photos may depict it. I am very well aware that the dark packaging is to keep the product from sunlight exposure. Maybe they could have done something like the Pyunkang Yul bottles where they are a beautiful blue hue (that kind of looks like glass) but is actually a very sturdy plastic. Other than that, there’s no actual issues with the packaging (ignore my graphic designer babble).
Scent & Texture:
Surprisingly this basically has no scent. I had to put my nose really close to the opening of the bottle, and even then I might get a very faint typical chemical smell associated with exofliating products - but never anything that I just thought was an offensive smell. For comparison purposes, this definitely smells a lot better than the Cosrx AHA. That one you wouldn’t have to necessarily sniff - the scent is just there, hah. As far as texture goes, the product is watery like most toners.
It brightened, calmed down redness/acne, etc. In fact, just the second day after I first used this, when I went to go apply my CC cream, throughout the day my face produced less oil than usual…Mid-day when I looked at myself in the mirror, I seemed to have a bit more of an inner glow, and this product was the only new thing that I’ve introduced into my routine.
This did come with some cotton though I didn’t really use them as I find they absorb too much product and I’m not using this product as a cleansing type of toner anyway. Though as the instructions suggest, if you wanted to focus on a specific part of your face (like your nose for example), you can soak a cotton pad to concentrate the product on that part of your face.
What You Need to Know About the Wishtrend Mandelic AcidFinal Impressions:
This really helps with redness and acne, and I also feel like it helps balance the oil levels on my skin as well. If you don’t have oily/acne-prone skin, even dry skin users can still take advantage as well. I will sometimes flake from my Curology Prescription (mostly around my nose and mouth area). Using this from time to time, in concentration of those areas definitely helped. Though, I always make sure not to use this toner the same time as my Curology. In fact, because I always fear of over-exfoliation, I tend to not use this toner the day before and day after my Curology as well. Again except for those that are already hitting it hard with actives, I can’t really imagine anyone not being too impressed with this product, especially at this price point.
4.5/5 = I really enjoyed this product, however, I’m still open to trying out other products that are similar to this.
Any questions about the product and/or my experience? Just let me know!
Other Exfoliating TonersSimilar Products: If for some reason this product still just doesn’t quite float your boat, I offer you some suggestions for similar products if you are still interested in general for a (mostly) gentle exfoliating toner.
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