Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin Review:
Skin, toner, softener….I take them to mean essentially the same thing. “Skin” is commonly used in Korea, “Toner” in the western hemisphere and “Softener” a term coined in Japan.
I am a big fan of toners because it preps my skin by getting it all soft and ready for the serums (the important stuff!) in my skincare regimen. In this drying winter weather especially, my face starts losing moisture rapidly after I finish my cleansing. Problem is I like to faff around once I come out of the bathroom e.g. respond to Whatsapp messages, surf Facebook, check out that cute puppy post on Instagram. So a toner is essential in order to inject the much needed moisture into my skin again before applying my serum.
Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin is from their anti-aging range and aims to target the symptoms of aging. It claims to contain 9 active ingredients which combats the 9 signs of aging. One thing which irks me is they only list 7 so-called signs of aging….I have counted these signs listed in the second claim below and I am definitely not getting 9!
– Wrinkle care and whitening effect: This anti-aging repair toner, containing 9 active ingredients from the Jeju elixir complex™, tightens and brightens skin.
– Solution for 9 signs of aging skin: Perfect repair for dryness, wrinkles, flakiness, darkening, blemishes, enlarged pores, and reduced skin elasticity.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Arbutin, Dimethicone, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum Extract, Calanthe Discolor Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Prunella Vulgaris Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Lonicera caprifolium, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Taraxacum officinale extract, Rubus idaeus, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Adenosine, β-Glucans, Hydrogenated c6-14 olefin polymers, Glyceryl polymethacrylate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Propanediol, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Theobroma Cacao Extract, Dextrin, Propylene Glycol, Gamma-polyglutamic acid, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
How to Use:
After washing your face, gently massage the toner into your face and neck.
My Skin type: Oily / Combination: Oily T-zone, Dry U-zone; sensitive skin
Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin Review:
I read somewhere that most Western toners are mainly designed to clean the skin and pores from residue and makeup. However, with the double cleansing routine, as many K-skincare aficionados will be familiar with, there is really no need for yet another cleansing step. Instead, Korean and Japanese toners are usually infused with ingredients that are designed to benefit and further enhance your routine.
Western branded toners I find are harsh and too stripping for my skin. I will always remember a Loreal toner I used back in my university days which smelt faintly of what I now recognize as vodka. That was how strong the alcohol content was in that toner. To be fair, I was flat broke then so my skincare products would mainly comprise of items that had been on sale.
Innisfree features quite prominently in my routine currently. Probably because when I was last in Seoul, I may have been the “Customer of the Week” of the Innisfree shop located outside my hotel. Not only do I use their face wash, essence, masks and serum, I have recently added toner to the list. In my humble opinion, Innisfree does not really garner a cult or Holy Grail status.
However, what it is, is reliable. It never lets me down. Anytime my skin gets a little stressed and starts acting up, either from testing a new product or if I ate a ton of unhealthy food on holiday or even when its’ that time of the month, my skin will calm itself down if I keep my skincare stripped to the basic comprising entirely of their products. It is also affordable and so if you find that your wallet might not be able to stretch, dollar-wise, to the stratospheric heights of Sulwhasoo or SK-II, Innisfree is not a bad compromise.
We all age, that is a fact of life. Currently, I am on the lookout of products that can delay this process. I have always been intrigued by this anti-aging range from Innisfree but have always hesitated as it is on the slightly pricier side compared to their other ranges. I thought the toner would be a good introduction into the range as price wise, it is comparatively affordable.
As per Innisfree’s signature colour coding, each range is assigned a different colour. The bottle comes with a screw cap top and is made of sturdy good quality plastic and has a nice purple ombre effect to it.
It is quite difficult to see how much product is left but if you hold it up to the sunlight you can just about make it out. The branding and a brief description of the product is printed on the side in clear, gold lettering.
I am used to toners being of a watery consistency and with a clear color. So, I was rather surprised as this opaque toner was a bit more viscous than expected. It took a few firm shakes of the bottle to get some product out onto my palm.
This has a nice pleasant, floral scent which fades quickly once you have applied it. It spreads easily and absorbs well after a few pats.
In terms of effects, this toner nicely dampens / moisturizes the face in preparation for my serum. The scent is lovely and every time I use it, I feel like I am at some high-end spa getting a facial. As for its claimed anti-aging benefits, well…I am always skeptical as to how amazing toners can be.
This does its job well of providing ample moisture to the skin after your cleansing routine and smelling good while at it. However, that is about it. I cannot claim that it has made my fine lines disappear or improved skin elasticity…maybe the cream and serum from that range may do that. Do not except to be wow-ed by this product. It’s a good toner and that is all.
Will I repurchase? Probably yes if there is a sale. Otherwise it will set you back around £20 a bottle. I am, however, keen to try toners / skin from other brands as more often then not, I feel that toners are a good entry point into a different brand that you have always been curious to try.
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Have you tried Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin?
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