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Price: £ 18.32
What is it?: A Toner that aims to Hydrate, Soothe and reinforce the skin’s barrier. (I would simply say this is a relatively hydrating toner).
Desctiption: ”Formulated with CICA-7 Complex and Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract to calm the skin and strengthen weakened skin. to relieve sensitive skin. Contains one of the highest concentrations of Cica.” (From the COSRX website)
Cosrx also state that this preps just-cleansed skin to allow for better absorption of following products – I also agree, as this is good to prep the skin since it’s so lightweight, it also shouldn’t interfere with the above skincare layers.
The Cica-7 Complex: Centella Asiatica Extract, Centella Asiatica leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Root Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Madecassoside)
Good for: Cosrx state that this is great for all skin types and highly sensitive skins can use for daily use. I agree – I think all skin types can use this. I just wonder if dry skins want a toner that is so watery/lightweight. But I think those in hot and humid weathers would enjoy.
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Plastic bottle with a screw-top lid. The Ingredients are listed on the label too. This has an easy drip top, but it doesn’t mean that I have to hang around waiting for product to come out, as soon as I tip this, the water starts pouring out (that’s how thin this product is).
Youtube Video: Cosrx Pure Fit Cica Line – Swatching + First Impressions + Ingredient Breakdown
Directions: ”1. After cleansing, soak a cotton pad with the toner and gently swipe across the face avoiding the eyes and the mouth. 2. Gently pat the entire face for better absorption.” (From the COSRX website)
How I use it: I pour this on a cotton pad and swipe my face. this works really well as a toner to swipe ones face with, because it’s so watery and lightweight. I don’t think it’s easy to pour onto one’s fingers and tap (not thick like the Hada Labo HA premium toner). I use this in the AM and PM.
Key Ingredients: The 7 Cica ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract (apparently an antioxidant), Centella Asiatica leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Root Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Madecassoside. And Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (also an antioxidant)
Full Ingredients: Centella AsiaticaExtract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Centella AsiaticaRoot Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Panthenol, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl TaurateCopolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, MadecassicAcid, Madecassoside
NOTE: The InciDecoder have a full ingredient list breakdown HERE
As you can see, this is loaded with soothing ingredients to help calm the skin but there are also moisturising and humectant ingredients in here to try and keep the skin hydrated.
Texture: Note COSRX state that this has a mild, watery texture – I agree! As you can see from the pictures, this looks just like water, if you pour it on your hand, it runs down and does not hold its shape. Very similar in texture to the Muji Light toning water. Just feels like water on the skin. Not sticky, not tacky and not viscous. Transparent. Very fast to absorb (but not drying like water). This simply disappears into the skin, hydrating / saturating it. So you can put more layers of this if you want, or simply be able to quickly move on to the next step in skincare. This could easily be used like an essence. I definitely think oily skins or those in hot humid weathers like this kind of texture. Dry skins – this is a good first step, but definitely there would need to be more layers (like adding the Cosrx Cica Serum) on top, as this provides hydration (to a certain degree) but not moisture/oils.
WHEN APPLYING THIS – this definitely has a cooling sensation, so it should help bring hot and reddened skin down or at least calm the skin a bit.
As you can see, not streaky, watery and this absorbs fast.
This is not viscous, but watery.
Fragrance?: None! It doesn’t smell bad either.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes this is so lightweight and watery that it works fine under makeup (layerable)
How long have I been using this?: For about a month
The Effect?: Hydrated skin, and also this doesn’t irritate my skin. When my skin was irritated, I tried this and it didn’t sting/irritate or make my skin burn/itchy – so I guess this product does help soothe irritated skin!
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What I like:
- No Essential Oils / added Fragrance
- It helped calm my skin when irritated
- Didn’t irritate my skin (i.e. it didn’t cause irritation either)
- relatively Hydrating (although it disappears into the skin, it doesn’t feel like it makes my skin feel drier after applying – but it doesn’t make it feel unbelievably hydrated either.
- Lightweight (it’s like water)
- Fast-absorbing (can easily move on to the next step of my routine)
- Layerable (no chance of this balling or pilling up)
- A good type of texture to apply into a cotton pad and swipe my face with
- I like the addition of the cica-7 complex and I like the other hydrating ingredients added in here.
- Feels cooling when applied onto the skin (I can imagine this would feel cooling especially on skin that feels a bit hot)
What I don’t like:
- It’s not a thick toner (which may be an issue for people wanting something like the Hada Labo Premium Lotion of Dear Klairs Supple Preparation toner – so don’t think that this is going to be super hydrating or moisturising. It really is just a decent first step/prepping the skin toner.
- Would have been nice to add some niacinamide or Collagen-inducing peptides. But I understand that COSRX wanted this product to be usable for even the most sensitive skins.
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – Great for those who want a lightweight formula and good for those in hot/humid weather. I do think that this is less a hydrating toner and more a calming/soothing toner (i.e. the main goal is to soothe and not to hydrate). I like this to swipe the dirt from my face and it is layerable so I can apply a second layer to hydrate the skin. This definitely can’t be used as the only hydrating ingredient in a routine and I do think a serum is needed. These days I am enjoying a more thicker toner so I can double up and use it as a serum as well, but this hasn’t been a bad product. I just think it’s not the most hydrating, but at least it calms down the skin and is lightweight.
Would I repurchase?: Yes as I think it works for me when I swipe my face with a cotton pad – it with its lightweight texture. And there isn’t any fragrance or essential oils and this product doesn’t interrupt my routine/ball up/pill up so it’s not a difficult product to use.
Dupe?: A product similar in texture is the Muji Light Toning water (extremely watery) – however this product contains more skin beneficial ingredients (i.e. like the Cica 7 Complex and the Pinus Pinaster Bark extract)
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.