Review: By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water ★★★★☆
A hydrating and non-irritating exfoliant that can be used daily, this skin prep water provides low-irritation exfoliation (to boost the efficacy of subsequent skincare products), skin tone & texture improvement, and is antibacterial (effective against acne). It helps with pigmentation to improve the skin tone and texture. As a mild exfoliator, it is safe to use even on sensitive skin that finds chemical exfoliation too harsh. Sounds perfect for my b-word of a skin.
I appreciate the dark-colored 120ml bottle. The size is also perfect for my shelve, not too tall nor too thick. The pinhole dispenser also releases the perfect amount of product without spilling.
Mandelic acid As one of the AHA ingredients, it has a large molecular size which causes very little irritation to the skin. It helps to improve pigmentation as well as to restore aged skin. It also has antibacterial properties that are effective for inflammatory acne.
Beta-Glucan Moisturizing, redness reduction, anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.
Panthenol Also known as vitamin B5, it acts as a humectant and moisturizer, improving the skin’s abilities to regenerate and to maintain hydration. It is also used to prevent inflammation and to prevent itching.
It is recommended to use this with a cotton pad right after cleansing, before toner. Since I have sensitive skin, I use this on alternate nights and avoid vitamin C products and other chemical exfoliants. I also pile on more sun screen than usual if I used this the night before. In the first week, it stung really badly, but went away really quickly without leaving my skin reddened. In the second week of use, my skin seemed to have built up tolerance, it still stung but not as badly anymore. However, I noticed some purging occurring around my outer cheeks and jaw line. They appeared as tiny CCs and disappeared in 2 days. I think this is mighty awesome for de-congesting my skin as BHAs are too harsh on me.
It’s only been 2 weeks and I am in love with this product! I hope to see PIE and PIH fading with long-term use!