Made in: South Korea
What is it?: A 40% Lotus Flower Extract containing, water light toner (non sticky) meant to soothe and calm the skin. Using Hyaluronic Acid and Xylitol, this is meant to trap hydration in the skin.
What does it do?: Calm, Hydrate + Relieve Irritated Skin.
Aims to: Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin, Fine Lines, Wrinkles + Pore Care.
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types – I would say Combo + Oily + Sensitive (not Sensitised) would prefer this over Dry or severely dehydrated Skins.
Do I agree with the above?: I would say this is good at mildly hydrating the skin, doesn’t aggravate it and the only wrinkle or fine line care is due to hydrating the skin (short-term relief). And I didn’t notice any pore care changes.
Cruelty Free?: Yes
How long does it last after opening?: Lasts 12 months after opening
pH: 4.7 ± 1.0
Packaging: Recyclable packaging i.e. if you rip off the label, this is recyclable. Also, this has that plastic nib at the top which prevents you from over-applying. It’s a lightweight bottle. Screw-top cap.
Directions: For Daily, AM / PM Use. Apply after cleansing; swipe with a cotton pad to remove excess dirt.
How I use it: I use this in the AM/PM to swipe the skin of any excess dirt/oil (using a cotton pad) as it has that lightweight, watery texture meaning that this works nicely with pads. I apply a second layer to the skin (for added hydration as I don’t think 1 layer is enough). I use it before any exfoliating solutions and/or serums.
Key Ingredients: Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water (Lotus Water) Is what you get when you steam and distill lotus flower. It works as a tonic, so it helps ”tone” the skin i.e. neutralise and balance the skin’s mantle and it works to prep the skin for the next step of skincare! (Like a better/less-drying version of Witch Hazel).
Betaine (Moisturising), Xylitol/Xylitylglucoside/Anhydroxylitol/Glucose (all Hydrating Sugars that are Humectants = ”Aquaxyl” – this is meant to form a hydrating barrier on the skin).
Speaking of Humectants, the multiple weights of The Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) HA Included (Just like the Hada Labo Gokujun Toner, which means this should hydrate both the inner, middle and outer layer of the skin): 1. Sodium Hyaluronate, 2. Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, 3. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, 4. Hyaluronic Acid, 5. Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer. Allantoin (Soothing).
- Other Notable Ingredients: Cyanchum Atratum Extact; Anti-inflammatory. Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract (Soothing). Juniperus Mexicana oil (Emollient).
Full Ingredients: Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water(392,000ppm), Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Nelumbonucifera Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Glyceryl Glucoside, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Allantoin, Juniperus Mexicana oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Hyaluronate, Cynanchum Atratumextract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hyaluronate, C12-14 pareth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: As you can see from the pictures – this is an extremely lightweight and watery toner that simply runs down the hand. It doesn’t ball up, it doesn’t have a sticky or greasy finish as this just feels like water.
You can see this just slides down the hand (lightweight)
Hopefully you can see how watery and lightweight this is.
Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Due to the HA inclusion, yes.
Summer or Winter?: Summer (Very lightweight, watery, fast-absorbing and the skin can breath).
Layerable?: Yes! No balling up issues here.
Fragrance?: No added Fragrance and/or EO (This smells of nothing either)
Good Under Makeup?: Yes!
Will I use until Completion?: Yes, I have just finished it as I type this!
How long have I been using this?: It took me 1 and a half months to finish this (daily use with a cotton pad).
The Effect?: Subtly Hydrated and Skin that is prepped and ready for the next step of skincare!
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What I like:
- Fragrance + EO Free
- Cruelty Free
- I like the inclusion of HAs to try and hydrate the skin (Didn’t just depend on Lotus Water)
- Doesn’t ball up
- Didn’t irritate my skin (unless already sensitised)
What I don’t like:
- Not intensely Hydrating (Not thicker like the Isntree HA Toner Plus)
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (almost a 3.9) /5 – A Very decent, basic toner! I’m glad that Rovectin didn’t just put Lotus Water in (Not much Scientific proof it does much to the skin), and made sure to add a few HAs in there, Allantoin and Betaine (as well as other hydrating ingredients) to add some skin benefits! It’s lightweight (great for summer), it’s layerable and it does help remove dirt and debris while prepping the skin for the next step in a routine! Is this intensely hydrating like a thicker toner would be? No. I wouldn’t even say this is feels as hydrating as the Hada Labo Toner/Lotion, so that’s why I wouldn’t recommend it to Dry skins, but I think oily/combo sensitive skins would enjoy this! And I use this for the sole purpose due to its lightweight texture, to swipe dirt and debris off the skin without aggrevating the skin – and I think it fulfils that job quite well!
Would I repurchase?: I would repurchase this for the summer as a nice, gentle toner. If I wanted a toner that exfoliates the skin and is still lightweight, I’d go for the Geek & Gorgeous Cheer Up (Review HERE / LINK) or Calm Down Solution (Link).
Would I recommend this or the Cream?: I think you get more out of the cream in terms of skin-beneficial ingredients and a texture that provides more hydration and moisture to the skin (review coming soon / LINK).
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.
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