Albion Skin Conditioner Essential Review:
I must admit, I’m not as well versed in Japanese skincare as I am in Korean. I follow a Taiwanese Youtuber who swears by Albion products, so when I was in Taipei I went to an Albion counter and did some damage. It’s by no means a cheap product, at around $100USD/$126CAD for the 330ml bottle, but I justify it in my mind that it’s still cheaper than SK-II.
I love the service at department stores in Asia, they treat you like royalty even if you’re buying a piece of lint from them. Combine the good service plus the things I’ve heard about it, I decided to buy 2 bottles and a box of the sheet masks. They were having an event where when you buy the big bottle (330ml), you get a tester kit. The tester kit is very generous, with a bottle of the lotion, two 27ml bottles of the skin conditioner, and a nozzle spray so you can use it on the go.
The sales associate at Albion told me that Albion recommends that you either use a serum/essence or just a moisturizer and nothing else after the milk lotion and skin conditioner, although I can’t give up all my lotions and potions so I’ve just been incorporating this into my usual routine. She also said that you’re supposed to use one of their milk lotions after cleansing to put the moisture back into your skin, and then either wipe your face with the skin conditioner, or you can soak a cotton pad in it and peel off layers to use as a 5 minute face mask. I’ve been doing the swiping method in the morning and using it as a mask at night.
- Combats roughness:
Firms and moisturizes skin prone to dryness.
Refines the skin for greater brightness.
- Soothes the skin after sun or snow exposure:
Cools down flushed skin.
- Tightens the skin:
Improves the staying power of makeup.
- Prevents breakouts:
Removes excess sebum and stickiness.
- Promotes dewy skin:
Hydrates the skin with a refreshing, pleasant feel of use.
Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Coix Lacryma-jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glurathione, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Menthol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum)
How to use: Wipe with cotton pad or soak cotton pad and use as a mask pack after milk lotion
My Skin Type: combo acne prone skin
Albion Skin Conditioner Essential Review:
The skin conditioner is housed in a rather plain, old fashion plastic bottle, so not much to write home about. There’s nothing wrong with a plain packaging to me as long as the product inside is good and it doesn’t detract from its effectiveness. Besides, I think that’s the look they’re going for since they boast that they’ve been making this product since 1974.
The first thing I noticed was the heavy presence of alcohol. It irritates my eyes but not my skin so I tend to avoid it all together if I can, but this product seems like such a miracle product that I decided to take a gamble.
Whenever I use it as a mask near my eyes they do get red so if you’re extremely sensitive to alcohol I wouldn’t bother since it’s the second ingredient. I recommend that you use pure cotton pads that aren’t stitched together and the layers can be easily separated so you’re not using more product and cotton pads than you really need.
The skin conditioner is very watery and absorbs quickly into the skin so it was hard for me to take a picture where you can see the texture and colour of the toner. It works best after using their milk lotion and as a mask. I know the bottle looks brand new, but it’s because I’ve been using up all the tester bottles before I opened the full size one.
The star ingredient in this product is Job’s tear seed extract. It’s used in foods and as medicine. Albion boasts that it will regulate your skin’s metabolism. When your skin’s metabolism is too fast, you’ll get pimples more easily due to the higher chance of dead skin cells blocking your pores.
On the other hand, when your skin’s metabolism is too slow, your skin dries out easily and fine lines form due to its inability to retain moisture.
It claims to moisturize and it does! My skin feels soft and smooth after I use it. I can’t say it prevents breakouts, but whenever I have a breakout it makes it heal faster. I don’t think it makes my makeup last longer either, but it does help to make it go on smoother.
I’m not sure about the claims skin after sun or snow exposure because I’m usually indoors and it’s not winter yet, but I wouldn’t hold my breath just because of the alcohol content, imagine what putting alcohol on broken/sensitive skin feels like… I’m cringing just thinking about it.
I know what you are thinking when you look at the ingredients list. “Oh my god why are they still using parabens?” “Paraben is bad for you!” but really, there have been multiple studies since that first article came out that shows there is no harm in using parabens. When skincare companies say their products are “made without paraben” as if giving themselves pats on the back are frankly just tapping into the mass hysteria surrounding parabens.
If I were you I would be more concerned about their liberal alcohol use. There’s a good and bad side to alcohol. Yes, it has been shown to promote premature aging, but it also as the ability to help active ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin. It’s like my prescription retinoid my doctor gave me. Even though there’s alcohol in it, I know it’s going more good than harm.
I had my doubts about it because I’ve been brainwashed to avoid alcohol in my skincare like the plague, but this really changed my view on beauty products with alcohol in them. Granted it does irritate my eyes when it gets near them, but it works well, especially on top of the milk lotion.
It’s been helping me deal with a recent breakout that I had. This is a game changer in my skincare routine is that it helps my breakouts heal faster and just does something special to the skin that I can’t quite put my finger on. I highly recommend using the milk lotion from Albion to get the maximum effect.
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