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Title gentle exfoliation
Posted by NOELLE (ip:) Date : 2019-09-02 Recommend : 추천하기 View : 8 Rate : 4점

I was selected by Benton to receive their new product for review purposes. This was the first product from the Benton Cosmetic brand that I have tried. Reading up on Benton's philosophies, I'm thankful that Benton recognizes harmful ingredients that "give temporary effects" therefore use healthy ingredients. In recent years I have been more conscience of the ingredients I put on my skin. They focus on small batches of fresh products which is great. Korean skincare/brands are very new to me, and I appreciate this opportunity.

This toner claims to gently exfoliate the skin, as well as hydrate. The star ingredient PHA - polyhydroxy acid, 3% third generation Lactobionic Acid is similar to Alpha Hydroxy Acids in that they remove dead skin cells by chemical exfoliation. However PHA is more gentle, which i definitely felt with this toner. It also has antioxidant benefits and is more hydrating. PHA also creates a moisture barrier to strengthen the skin surface which then decreases the possibility of sun damage (less photosensitivity). To soothe and hydrate the skin, this toner also includes Centaurea Cyanus Flower water, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower extract, sodium PCA, sodium hyaluronate, and ceramide NP. All ingredients I love. This was my first experience with PHA (used more in Korean skincare than Western).

This toner is a liquid water-y consistency. This has no added fragrance, which i love. This also has no added color, always a plus. This comes in a plastic 5 oz. bottle with a pump. Which is new to me, the toners i ususally use come with a "top - stopper" so product drips out steadily. I would say the pump is the only thing that bothered me, but not a deal-breaker. The pH of this toner is around 4. I've used products with a lower pH and high concentration, so this isn't too harsh on the skin.

I use this toner after cleansing. I dispense the product onto a cotton pad and swipe over my skin. I don't go over the same area of my face more than once. I normally exfoliate a few times a week, depending on my skin. I typically don't use an exfoliating toner, I tend to reach for a hydrating toner. The other exfoliating toner that I have tried is the Tarte knockout tingling treatment which is a 10% blend of salicylic, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, and phytic acid. I specifically focus the Tarte toner on the milia under my eyes however it does cause sensitivity (burning) and redness.

My first use: I was pleasantly surprised that there was no tingling, no stinging, no burning. My skin did not flush red. I think sometimes we get into the ideology that if my skin isn't burning, the product is not working, which is not the case. My skin did not feel dry after using this. This toner absorbs well into the skin and does not leave a sticky residue. My skin overtime definitely felt softer and smoother. This toner gently exfoliates, I love that my skin never felt overprocessed or dried out. This kept my skin clear of texture and bumps. Using this my skin was radiant and had no rough patches. I sometimes would take another cotton pad with toner and concentrate this under my eyes for milia treatment. This did not cause irriation in this sensitive area suprisingly. And although this did not help the milia spots disapperar completely, the fact that my under eye area was not irritated after using this, tells me I can continue to treat the delicate under eye area.

This exfoliating toner is great for all skin types in my opinion. Exfoliation is necessary to remove the dead skin cells, so the rest of your products can better penetrate the skin. Dry skin and senstive skin will love this toner because this does not dry out the skin and its not harsh. I personally love using an exfoliating product to remove the dead skin cells, then use a salicylic acid (BHA) to help clear out my pores of gunk.

My final thoughts: i like this toner, good ingredients and easy to use, and i will continue to use the product regularly until i run out. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to try this new product. I wouldn't purchase this anytime soon because I am looking for different products to add into my routine. But I would definitely put it on my "wish list". This is an amazing gentle exfoliator, and that is key in good skincare. Although i wouldn't purchase this product at this time, this opportunity did open my eyes to other Benton products. I would love to try their Aloe BHA toner, to keep my pores gunk free. I do think its important to clear the dead skin cells first (AHAs/PHAs), then treat your pores with a BHA. So i wouldn't mind implementing this PHA toner into my routine further down the line.

Lastly, I can not tell you the price of this toner. There is no price and it is not featured on their ebay page. I'm not completely sure they even sell it in the U.S. yet. This is the tricky situation with korean skincare i find, like where would i purchase this if they didn't send it to me..? Their other toners are around $18-19, so not expensive (I'm assuming). This is a really great price point for a good toner, compared to the Fresh rose toner ($25/3oz, $45/8oz). I took away one star for this. But overall a great product.

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