Chica Y Chico Skin Texture Toner Review:
Interestingly, I would never have come across this toner if it weren’t for my friend who graciously decided to pass this on as she was looking to de-stash her products. And for that, I thank her because spoiler alert: I ended up really liking this toner. Also just a quick note that you can really see how the YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary: whatever works for me may not work for you, and vice versa) rule really comes into play here as we had different opinions on the same product.
Other (longer) claims:
- First Treatment Toner: This fresh toner is different than other general toners. Based on daily usage as the very first step of the skin care routine, it aids in smoothening the skin texture.
- Mild and Moisturizing Dead Cell Care: Sliding water complex, consists of pure ingredients from plants, helps the old dead cells on the skin surface to be removed by themselves. This is very different from other exfoliating toners which work by acid or alcohol ingredients.
- Intensive Absorption by Atomization: The nutritive ingredients are naturally fermented from 5 grains and atomized in ultra-fine particles without losing their active ingredients, so that they absorb faster and are rich in nutrition.
- Non-Irritating Care for All Skin Types: Flaky skin surface due to dehydration will be moisturized and soothed, and dead old skin cells due to excess sebum and skin waste will be fall down by themselves. This smart skin texture toner works for all skin types from dry to oily skin.
- Recommended for those concerned about rough, dry skin and dull skin tone.
- Good for basic hydration for the skin.
- Ideal for those with sensitive, easily irritated skin.
- Also recommended for those who want soft, moisturizing exfoliation and those aiming for vitalized and firm skin.
*information extracted and edited from Althea.kr
Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus/Soybean Extract Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Filtrate/ Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Olearacea Extract, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Bacopa Monniera Extract, PEG-8, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ascorbic Acid, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract.
Lik to Cosdna
- Betaine: An amino acid which is also known as trimethylglycine or glycine betaine. Functions primarily as a humectant and anti-irritant. Able to temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance.
- Beta-Glucan: A polysaccharide sugar derived from yeast or oats. It is an excellent ingredient in preventing facial redness or skin irritation, and also consists of beneficial antioxidant properties and skin soothing abilities.
- Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3. Helps to boost collagen production and in turn strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Over time, may also assist in brightening, anti-aging and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
- Germinated Soybean: Anti-aging; nutritive.
- Germinated Mung Beans: Soothes and firms the skin.
- Germinating Brown Rice: Brightening; enhances skin’s natural glow.
- Germinating Adlay: Skin texturizing; whitening.
- Germinated Barley: Controls sebum production.
- 6 kinds of natural ECOCERT plant complexes (Oregano, Spearmint, Melissa, Bergamot, Basil, Sage: Soothes the skin without irritating it, and helps to strengthen the skin so that it can naturally stabilise its condition in the long run.
- Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract: Tannin makes up about 8% of the plant’s leaves, which is responsible for its astringent properties. Also rich in antioxidants and functions as a skin conditioning agent.
- Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. Used primarily as a humectant as it has the ability to attract and retain moisture.
- Allantoin: A gentle, non-irritating moisturizing ingredient ideal for sensitive skin. Also known as a keratolytic which means it aids in increasing the water content of cells while also helping in the process of desquamation (ie. to stimulate cell proliferation, encouraging new tissue growth) of the outer layers of the skin.
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Hydrating; a humectant which (ideally) draws H2O from the surroundings into the skin.
- Adenosine: Beneficial in combating wrinkles, especially crow’s feet and frown lines. Also aids in smoothening out the texture of the skin.
How to use:
Use a cotton pad and apply toner from the centre to the outer part of the face, with wiping motion. Recommended to use a cotton pad to apply this toner for better effectiveness.
To firm the elasticity-losing skin by outside circumstances including air conditioner and heater, it is recommended to keep the toner in the refrigerator and to soak cotton pads with the toner and then apply them to the concerned areas. After a few minutes, pat the excess toner gently into the skin to aid in faster skin soothing and to tighten the pores.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Chica Y Chico Skin Texture Toner Review:
Housed in an opaque white bottle with a minimalist design, the Chica Y Chico Skin Texture Toner looks fairly unassuming – if it weren’t for its extensive product claims and largely beneficial ingredients list. With that in mind, I became even more intrigued and as I was lacking a good hydrating product as I eased into chemical exfoliation, this certainly became one of my first products to test out.
As I’ve mentioned before in my review of the A’Pieu Madecassoside Fluid, while that toner/fluid is good for its soothing properties, it definitely lacks the hydrating boost my skincare routine needs. Hence, I decided to bust open the Chica y Chico toner due to its hefty hydrating claims and experimented with application methods before settling with the recommended technique, ie. applying the toner with a cotton pad.
Dispensing the product itself by pressing on the cap, a colourless, watery and (more or less) scentless liquid greets me. As I do have sensitive skin, I was pretty impressed already, especially due to the lack of fragrance.
Applying the toner by patting it onto my skin using a cotton pad with a more “spongey” material (eg. Silcot cotton pads), it works incredibly well to fight my dehydration issues.
Now, it wasn’t an instant change, but after just a few days, I noticed my skin becoming more hydrated and as I did not use any other new products at the time, it was definitely due to this toner.
I also found that the toner works incredibly well as a follow up product after my acid wait time as I think it works better on dry skin instead of, say, damp skin which products such as the A’Pieu Madecassoside Fluid work better with.
All in all, I’m quite impressed with this unassuming product from Chica Y Chico and would probably rate it a 4.5/5 (half a point off as it can be pricey depending on where you purchase it and whether or not it’s on sale).
It’s the first product I’ve had the pleasure of using from the brand, but I’m sure to look into more of their products when I succeed in clearing up most of my skincare stash. For now, its decently sized product quantity of 200mL will probably last me awhile, thankfully.
Where to buy:
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