Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Review: It's Skin Clear Skin Daily Peeling Toner

Lately I decided to review the cosmetics I'm using right now rather than try to churn out review after review of bygone products. Today's review is about It's Skin Clear Skin Daily Peeling Toner. It is a BHA chemical toner similar to Clinique's Clarifying Lotion (review of Type 1 and Type 2 here) and Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. Is it a cheaper dupe for Clinique's Clarifying Lotion? Let's see!

 It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner product info 
Brand: It's Skin
Name: Clear Skin Peeling Toner
Price: $5.76 on Koreadepart
Where to buy: Koreadepart, Tester KoreaeBay

The cheapest I've found this product is on Koreadepart, but unfortunately their shipping prices don't make it worthwhile to place small orders so the past few times I've ordered from Tester Korea. Now you've heard that I've ordered it a few times, I guess there should be spoiler warnings haha.

The toner is a 'peeling toner', which may sound scary but simply means it removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to reveal fresher, newer skin. BHA can penetrate oils and get down into the pores so it's effective against preventing and calming breakouts.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner contains salicylic acid (BHA), witch hazel and willow bark extract. Salicylic acid is the aforementioned breakout preventing beta hydroxy acid, witch hazel is an astringent that reduces inflammation and decreases oil in the skin which is great for acne-prone skin (although my dry skin hasn't suffered using this) and willow bark also contains salicylic acid, is an anti-inflammatory and astringent. So really, willow bark is like if salicylic acid and witch hazel had a skincare baby.
<It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging info
It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging
The packaging of Clear Skin Peeling Toner is a large dark green plastic bottle with a lighter green lid. It has a small opening in the bottle to pour out the toner. The packaging has a cosmeceutical look to it, it's not pretty or cute like other Korean skincare brands or products. The bottle contains 140ml of product and is pretty weighty.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging
Product info on the bottle

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging
The bottle has the instructions and ingredients in English which is useful.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner application info
It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner on a cotton pad
As with any BHA toner, I apply this with a cotton pad. When you first open a new bottle, it can be quite hard to shake out the product but once you've used about a third of it, it becomes a lot easier. I find this happens with many toner or runny products, is there a reason why? Something to do with the pressure or air in the bottle? (/r/shittyscience)

I use this product in my morning and evening skincare routine. I have never had a problem using this product and even when my skin is acting up, it doesn't irritate it. In fact a few weeks ago my skin threw a fit at something so I literally used just this and coconut oil for a few days to calm it.

Because I've used BHA toners before this one, I can contest that it continues to prevent spots, and on the odd chance I do get a spot, it disappears within a day or so of continually using this product. It keeps my skin clear and soft, and because of the great price I can say it has made its way into my staple skincare wardrobe. I have just had three more bottles arrive from Tester Korea, and before that I ordered two bottles so I must have gone through at least 6 bottles of this so far! As far as BHA toners go, this is definitely holy grail status for me! I've seen a couple of reviews say it's not effective enough for them but as far as results go, it's just right for me. It doesn't smell of strong paint stripper like the Clinique one, and seems more effective than the Mizon one.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner review
Seeing as I've gone through at least 6 bottles of It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner, it's no surprise I will continue to purchase this and recommend it to anyone and their skin type, unless it's super sensitive, then I suggest trying it sparingly at first. It keeps my skin clear and although I don't get many spots anyway, has visibly reduced breakouts. The only thing I can possibly think of as a negative is that it's a little hard to get hold of as you have to order it online, but almost every Korean beauty website sells it and it's so cheap that this almost negates the wait, especially if you order multiples at a time like me! I give this product 5 stars out of 5! *fanfare*

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