Kbeauty Step 3 – Toning : Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water by Wishtrend Review!

Let’s start with the importance of toners by taking up simple questions which I asked my dermatologists 🙂

  • Is a toner really necessary? What is the function of a toner?

Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen. So basically all of us need a toner! Just to point out a few benefits or functions of a toner —

  1. It shrinks pores.
  2. It stores your skin’s pH balance.
  3. It adds a layer of protection.
  4. It moisturizes.
  5. It refreshes the skin.
  6. It prevents in-growth of hairs

So with all these benefits, skin toner can be that one pocket friendly and magic product in your skin care routine.

  • When should be use toner?

It’s the first thing to use after cleansing you face, so that it prepares your skin for the rest of the products you are going to put after that.

  • How to choose the right toner for your skin.

Honestly I go by the easy method. I have a normal to combination skin and my skin is also prone to allergies. So I prefer picking up toners that are water based and alcohol free. It was only recently that a fellow blogger suggested I use Mandelic acid toner(which I am reviewing) that I shifted from my very basic and super effective and pocket friendly toners.

Just to make your work easy here is a list of ingredients you can look while you are buying a toner :-

Good Ingredients for a Toner

  • antioxidants
  • soothing ingredients
  • skin-replenishing ingredients
  • hyaluronic acid
  • ceramides
  • glycerin
  • panthenol
  • sea whip
  • willow-herb

Ingredients to Avoid

  • SD or denatured alcohol
  • menthol
  • witch hazel
  • fragrance
  • skin-aggravating ingredients

My Kbeauty routine

Like most of you out there, even I underestimated the use of toners for a clear beautiful skin. I never took the use of toners seriously because I did not know they played such an important part for the health of our skin. It was only when I started researching about Korean beauty regime that I found out how much importance Korean women put on their toners. 

Step 3 : Toners

A few kbeauty experts even suggested applying your toner in a pat massage manner for seven times! I have however stuck to applying once after my two-step cleansing and my go to toners have been ‘Himalaya clarifying toner‘ and ‘Gulab jal(Rose water)‘.

But only recently when I went for a haul of Korean products I bought a different toner that was highly recommended by a fellow blogger. A little out of my budget but so far the results have been amazing.


Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water by Wishtrend

What is it? – By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a hydrating and nonirritating defoliant with pH4 that can be used daily. It’s an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone and texture while boosting the effectiveness of other products. It helps with pigmentation to improve the skin tone and texture. And as a mild exfoliator that works on the surface of the skin, safe to use even for sensitive skin to avoid the use of harsh chemical exfoliation. It’s also effective for acne due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties.

What does it say? – A hydrating and nonirritating exfoliant that can be used daily. Low-irritation exfoliation. Skin tone & texture improvement.  Antibacterial. Don’t peel but prep with Mandelic Acid. Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a hydrating and nonirritating exfoliant that can be used daily. Formulated with Mandelic Acid, which can be used without any irritation even on sensitive skin,  the Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone and texture while boosting the effectiveness of other products.

Priced at – 1399INR for 120ml

Appearance –  By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is packaged in a UV-sensitive bottle. Whenever I see a product packaged in a brown bottle like a beer, I know immediately that I should store it in a cool dry place away from the sunlight. And yes, this product should be stored like that. It may not win the best packaging award compared to other Korean Beauty brands, but it doesn’t look nor feel cheap. It’s really sturdy, plus I like that they put a little effort in the box.

Ingredients – Water, Mandelic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Carbomer, Panthonol, Beta Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate,  Centella Asiatica Extracta, Licorice extract.

Fragrance – Other products that are labeled “fragrance-free” doesn’t always mean “free of fragrance” but this product is effectively scentless!


My Verdict

I discovered that this mild exfoliator doesn’t irritate the skin at all, but yet it makes the skin feel softer and smooth. It was gentle, no scent and no sting …  But I was doubtful if it will really improve anything in the long run. However it’s been a while and I have found the results impressive on the skin. It did lighten a few dark spots and a few tiny pimples disappeared after I started using this.

At the moment this is the only toner I am using.

– Pros –

It’s a gentle yet an effective exfoliator that also enhances the effectiveness of the products in your skin care routine. It also has a moisturizing effect so your skin will not end up dry, and it also has an anti-bacterial effect to combat the acne.

– Cons –

I haven’t come across any yet. But the price for me doesn’t look pocket friendly.

Will I rebuy?

May be I would if it works amazingly well. However, if I find any mandelic acid toner for a little cheaper price I might even shift to that.

But definitely recommended!!

That’s all for today guys! 🙂 You can also go through the previous blogs for a better idea on Kbeauty…

The Huge Kbeauty Haul – 2018

The Kbeauty Routine I Finally Settled For.

Kbeauty Step 1 – Oil Cleansing : Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Cleanser Review

Kbeauty Step 2 – Water Based Cleansing : Palson’s RidAcne Foaming Face-wash Review

Also let me know if you have used Mandelic acid by wishtrend before and how you found the product. 🙂

Till next time! Keep Glowing! <3


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