As some of you may know, I have big issues with my skin. It can be dry, oily or fairly normal depending on the day. Plus, I’ve had moderate acne for over a decade. So, I’m always on the lookout for something that actually works to improve the condition of my skin and bring a bit of balance.
About the brand
Admittedly, I’d never heard of Wishtrend when they contacted me to ask if I’d like to try some of their products. They’re an online beauty and skincare store offering Korean skincare products globally. They also have their own range called by Wishtrend. They tell me their products only contain ingredients which are gentle on the skin i.e. no colourants, alcohol, parabens or fragrance. Their website sparked my interest when I saw they stocked Cosrx, because I love their pimple patches (find out why here).
They suggested I try the by Wishtrend Mandelic 5% Skin Prep Water and they sent over a full-size sample.
What does it claim to do?
A hydrating and non-irritating daily exfoliant used to improve skin tone and texture. Boosts the effectiveness of other products. Mandelic acid is thought to help with pigmentation and is recommended for acne-prone skin as it is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Mandelic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which helps to improve pigmentation and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Beta-glucan is moisturising, reduces redness, soothes and has anti-inflammatory properties (oats are rich in beta-glucan, FYI)
Panthenol (vitamin B5) is moisturising, prevents irritation and inflammation, and improves skin’s ability to hold on to hydration.
Sodium hyaluronate attracts moisture and helps the skin retain that to prevent dryness.
See full ingredients list here.
What’s not in it?
Alcohol, parabens, silicon, steroids, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance.
How do you use it?
Soak a cotton pad and wipe or pat across the face
Who is it for?
The packaging states all skin types but it is particularly recommended for sensitive, dry and acne-prone skins.
Where in routine?
This is essentially a toner, so I would use after cleansing and before any serums or moisturisers.
How long did I test it?
Every day for two months.
22USD because it’s international, but don’t let that put you off – that’s currently around £16.63 for 120ml. It lasts for ages. I’ve used every day for two months and I’m not even half way through the bottle yet.
What’s good about it?
It is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly which is something I’m looking for in any new cosmetics I use. It is incredibly gentle and non-irritating. I received this a couple of months into travelling New Zealand and I had really cut back on all of my skincare. I did need an exfoliant because I was starting to get really uneven and dry patchy skin.
It did work as a gentle exfoliant and I found it really pleasant to use. It didn’t cause any adverse effect to my skin at all. No redness, no dryness, no reaction.
The packaging is a pretty rose gold box (very ‘grammable) and the actual product comes in a simple, clean bottle, which I quite like. I like it when skincare looks a little bit clinical, ya know?
I wouldn’t say it improved the condition of my skin in terms of acne. As in, it didn’t bring about any reduction in breakouts or redness. However, not everything I use has to do that! I can have skincare just because it’s nice to use!
Would I recommend?
I would recommend this for anyone who wants a gentle addition to their regime. Anyone looking for a mild exfoliant should consider this. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as a product for reducing or managing acne; especially persistent or severe acne. There are very few skincare-only regimes that are effective at treating persistent or severe acne, unfortunately! However, that is not to say that this wouldn’t be effective at managing smaller or less frequent breakouts – I just can’t attest to that!
This was obviously a review of a product I was sent by the brand to test and review. The product was kindly sent to me for free, but I did not receive any financial compensation or coercion for my review. All opinions and words are my own.
On a side note, Wishtrend are really lovely to work with. The real people I’ve been chatting to are polite and understanding and come across as genuine and not at all sales-y or pushy. The feedback they get from these kinds of tests and reviews goes back to their lab team with a view to adjust products where necessary. Well worth checking out!