Etude House SOON JUNG pH5.5 Relief Toner was purchased by Cosmeperks for review purposes.
Etude House recently launched the SOON JUNG collection, allegedly from the best year ever (I might have been born in) 1988! It focuses on what is currently the biggest trend in Korean skin care – damage healing and care. This collection came just in time for the fine dust pollution season, as for the past couple of weeks the pollution has been quite severe. And this collection’s purpose is exactly to help you restore your skin to its whole greatness while at the same time protecting it in the long term. So, of course we start at the beginning and use the Etude House SOON JUNG pH5.5 Relief Toner first!
Most skin problems start with an unbalanced skin pH. Whereas your body has an internal pH as high as 11, your skin’s external pH should be no more than 6 for it to be healthy! This collection uses that as a focus on the treatment.
The toner in this collection has a pH of 5.5, ideal to regulate your skin pH balance. It relieves your skin, it is pure and mild, and cares for any harm your skin may have. It protects your skin from external aggressive factors.
Purified Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Betaine, Panthenol, Madecassoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Polyglycerin-3, Disodium Edta
Volume: 180ml or 80ml
How to use:
- After washing the face, dispense the product onto the palm of your hands and apply to the face with a gentle tapping motion so promote absorption onto the skin.
- Usually if you have combination or oily skin you shouldn’t apply toners (or any other first steps) with your hands, however since this one focuses specifically on pH balancing you should be fine applying it as they say.
My Skin Type: Oily T, dry U, blemished, sensitive, and allergic.
Etude House SOON JUNG pH5.5 Relief Toner Review:
To better review this product I stopped using any repair skin care lines, and balms, or anything that would cure the damage from the heavy pollution. For 2 days before I started using this toner, and for the whole duration of using it I thought it would be better not to use products that might affect their function (by helping them) since I wanted to know exactly how effective they were! The only products I have used were water based skin care, pollution blockers and sun blocks since they are basic care, and in this case are unrelated to the effect of this product’s healing abilities.
Since there is barely any information on this product, I hope you find the review helpful!
The product comes in a big size of 180 and also it comes in a smaller version (mine) – I believe in my case I can not use the same skin care for more than 6 months in a row because if the skin products work then after 6 months it’s guaranteed that my skin has changed and needs new attention. By coming in a smaller size you can choose when to insert this specific care without worrying about wasting the product with time!
There is a small protective cap after you open the lid, which I decided to keep using afterwards, since I am very clumsy and tend to drop stuff–so it gives me extra security.
The toner is like water. Literally. It’s transparent and liquid!
However water dries your skin if you let it absorb, but this toner doesn’t, it literally leaves your skin in the same state. So, we already know we won’t have any dry patches on our skin. After absorption it feels exactly as it was before (texture wise).
The smell is also like water, meaning it has no smell. No matter how hard I tried to sniff it, there was no smell at all! At least we know we won’t get any irritation by perfuming our skin.
The above picture shows the amount of product I ended up figuring out I need for each use.
In the above picture you can see the starting point of this journey. There are blemishes, irritation patches, all sorts of things that I get after I spend a few days without repairing balms.
The next two pictures will show the exact same skin parts in the exact same order, for better comparison!
This is after one day of usage. In my case, that means 3 usages, since I wash my face in the morning, in the afternoon when I get home and remove my makeup, and right before going to sleep. You can see that my skin is incredibly less red, and I can also say that it is way less sensitive when I touch the damage. I will admit, although the toner doesn’t feel like it does anything when you are applying it, it does actually soothe the skin after using it, like… a medicine that needs to be digested before it starts taking effect!
This is after 4 days of usage. You can see all the damage is still there, but you can also see that it isn’t red, and you have to take my word when I tell you they don’t hurt at all! They might not have been healed, but they also did not aggravate, and I personally think that is due to the toner, since the pollution has been bad and the toner is the only thing that changed on my routine.
The reason I am showing you this is for you to see my skin. This was taken after I woke up, I should have a nose so shiny with oil that I could fry potatoes with it, but my skin combination has become a little leveled after using this toner! Yes, it is still greasy, but it is hardly as bad as it was before. Can this be my conversion to pH focused skin care?
Because of its gentle but effective care you can also pour this toner on a dry face sheet mask (you can buy them on eBay and amazon) and apply it as damage care when your skin makes a cry for help.
I ended up enjoying this toner more than I thought I would. I admit, I was skeptical in the beginning, right after I first tried it. It is not meant to be used as a sole tool to heal your skin damage, but since it helps to not aggravate the damage I think it can be useful for us fighters!
And the most surprising part is that since it helps level your skin pH, your skin will become more… normal! My combination skin isn’t as extreme, so my dry patches aren’t as dry and my oily ones aren’t as oily. This is the reason why I think I might continue using this toner in the future.
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