Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner | Review

Looking for a mild toner to use post-cleansing to ensure minimal residue (from makeup, sunscreen, etc) is left, I was recommended Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner by a friend. And upon finding out how gentle and mild the ingredients were, while also being free of my usual skincare triggers, I decided to take a leap of faith. So, how did it fair for my sensitive, redness-prone skin?

Claims:

  • Mild cleansing toner with a pH of 5.5 purifies skin while balancing its pH levels.
  • Improves skin texture and trims dead skin.
  • Protects the skin by maintaining the skin’s natural moisture balance.
  • Controls excess sebum production.
  • Water-type feeling which leaves skin refreshed.

Ingredients:

Licorice 10%, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Dipropyl Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, Rhubarb Root Extract, Guava Leaf Extract, Purified Water, Rose Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract, Perilla Extract, Poncirus Fructus Extract, Bergamia Fruit Oil, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Licorice Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Cimicifuga Dahurica Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract

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Star Ingredients:

  • Licorice: Anti-inflammatory, brightening, and soothing.
  • Rhubarb Root Extract: Stimulates growth of skin cells and the production of barrier lipids; antibacterial and antifungal.
  • Guava Leaf Extract: Antibacterial, helps treat acne and/or fades hyperpigmentation, anti-ageing.
  • Rose Flower Extract: Moisturizing, soothing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
  • Green Tea Extract: Anti-aging and full of antioxidants.

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner Review

 

Volume: 150mL

How to use:

This toner is advertised as both a cleansing water to remove makeup and also as a gentle, pH-balanced toner after cleansing. Thus, the toner can be used in various ways.

As a makeup remover:
Face makeup: Wet cotton with toner, and gently wipe out from center of face outwards.
Point makeup: Wet cotton with toner, and place on lips and eye area for 10 seconds before wiping out gently.

As a toner:
• After cleansing face, pour an appropriate amount of toner onto a cotton pad. Gently wipe all over face and neck. Optional: Pat gently with clean hands to aid absorption.

As a facial mist:
• Pour toner into a spray bottle and spray onto face to refresh skin throughout the day.

My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner Review:

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner Review
Housed in a brown-tinted plastic cylindrical bottle, the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner is light yet sturdy in my grip. It has a flip-top cap and is able to easily dispense the liquid with a downwards tilt of the bottle.

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner Review

As shown in the small spray bottle, the toner has a slight golden tint and a watery consistency. It has a medium herbal scent which I find to be very soothing and relaxing, especially after a stressful day. However, depending on scent preferences, some may find it irksome.

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner Review

I’ve tried to use the toner in various ways, and here are my short takes on each method. Bear in mind that my skin is sensitive and prone to dehydration, so what works for me may not work for me and vice versa (YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary).

As a makeup remover: I don’t find this to be effective at all. I feel that the toner is far too mild to be of any use for heavy duty makeup. However, for those with extremely sensitive skin which prefer to avoid oil cleansing and/or those who wear extremely light makeup, this may be useful.

As a clarifying (wiping toner): It does help to remove any residue left post-cleansing. However, I find that if I use the toner for this purpose over a long-ish period of time, twice daily, my skin tends to err on the dryer side and ends up looking dull instead of brightened. My facial redness did decrease, though.

As a facial mist: Nope. I unconsciously have the (bad?) habit of wasting so much of the toner because I always think that it isn’t enough and end up drenching my face with the liquid mist in the end. So this is definitely not a cost-effective method…

However, worry not, folks! There is a light at the end of the (disappointing) tunnel. After mulling it over, I decided to test the toner using the Chizu Saeki method, which is basically drenching a cotton pad with toner and peeling thin layers of it before placing the cotton pads all over my face. And wow, did that make my opinion of the Acwell Toner take a 180 degree turn for the better!

By religiously “cotton pad sheet masking” using this toner, I found my skin slowly but surely plumping up with hydration and the facial redness decreasing. My skin also looked brighter and clearer than on days where I did not use the toner in my routine. So, a definite yay for skincare experimentation!

Conclusion:

4/5. Overall, I really do enjoy using the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner. While it may not have worked for me initially, I definitely am reconsidering purchasing it, which is a pretty big deal for me who is very picky with skincare products.

However, as it does come with a pretty high price tag for a student like me, I will try to find cheaper alternatives that fit the soothing toner bill. But definitely do give this a go if you’re able to, and are prone to skin sensitivities. It’ll work wonders for you too, hopefully!

Where to buy:

eBay for $20


Have you tried Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner?

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