If you are anything like me, you spent your formative teen years blasting your face with astringent, drying toners, desperately trying to keep the pimples at bay. Oil was the enemy and I was on a quest to conquer it completely. The fact that skin has an important lipid barrier for protection was not even on my radar, and thus I continued with my skin stripping practices well into high school. I know, horrifying. If you had told me that there was such a thing as a hydrating toner, my teenage mind would have been blown. And quite frankly, I probably wouldn’t have thought that I needed such a thing. “My skin is oily enough, I don’t need it to be oilier,” would be my reply. But oh, how wrong I would have been.
Currently I use a mix of hydrating and acid toners, but I especially lean into the hydrating toners in the winter. I got the I’m From Rice Toner in a set from Wishtrend curated by Renée (aka Gothamista) for Black Friday. It has become a staple in my routine as I’ve battled cold winter air and the drying effects of retinol!
The ingredients list: Rice extract, Methylpropanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated poly (C6-14 olefin), Niacinamide, Pentylene glycol, Common Purslane extract, Rice bran extract, Japanese elm bark extract,Amaranthus caudatus seed extract, Hydrogenated lecithin, Distilled water, Polyglyceryl-10-myristate, Butylene glycol, Adenosine, Cellulose gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol
Rice extract is first and foremost on the list, and according to Wishtrend’s website it makes up precisely 77.78% of the product. Methylpropanediol helps other products absorb and penetrate into the skin more efficiently. Triethylhexanoin is an emollient ingredient that is derived from glycerin and fatty acids. Common Purslane extract is actually known for its anti-aging benefits. It can reduce inflammation and encourage cell repair, creating a healthier complexion. It is also suitable for sensitive skin! Rice bran extract helps brighten the skin, and it is also an antioxidant that can slow the progress of melanin pigmentation. This formula is free of alcohol, so you don’t have to worry about your skin being stripped or dried out.
This toner has a milky appearance from the rice, but it doesn’t leave any sort of film on your face. I always shake it a bit before using it, because there is separation that occurs after it sits. There is not scent to it, which I actually like. Sometimes essences or toners have extremely strong, perfume-y scents that can distract from the product, and I’m glad this one does not. It soaks into the skin right away, and almost immediately you can see the effects of the toner.
I can see the brightening happening after application, and my skin feels happy and hydrated. If I have time I’ll apply a couple layers of this, and it leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft! It is extremely gentle, and I find that it soothes redness nicely. Instead of simply stripping my face of oil, this toner gently exfoliates my skin.
This toner comes in a 150 ml bottle, which will last quite a while! It is priced at $28, which is perhaps a little above average compared to other K-beauty toners. (You can find it here at Wishtrend!) If you have the room in your budget for it, I would say it is a worthwhile product.
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