I have decided to do a little experiment and write my first ever English K-Beauty review! And since the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is of great interest to many non-Germans, I felt it would be the perfect product to take the plunge towards a more globally focused blogging approach…
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Germans do not seem to be very interested in K-Beauty reviews. Ok, ok, maybe not “universally” acknowledged – more like something that I have sadly noticed these past weeks. And so I have decided to start blogging about some of my Korean skincare topics in English from now on. To those who prefer my German blog posts, do not fret – there will still be plenty of those too!
Alright, back to the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water, our main focus for today. After being stuck in customs for far too long, I finally received this rather exciting new product launch from Wishtrend’s in-house label! This is a exfoliating water with mandelic acid, which is an active that seems to be rather hot in the beauty industry right now. I must admit that I am still somewhat new to actives, especially chemical peeling agents such as AHAs and BHAs, so I was both excited and a little bit nervous to test this out.
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water – the Basics
The By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water comes with quite a few grand promises written on its stylishly metallic-orange packaging: it is supposed to remove dead skin cells, improve skin texture, and refine dull, rough skin. Wishtrend also promises that it is suitable for all skin types.
Maybe this is a good place to chat a little bit about mandelic acid. Mandelic Acid is a chemical exfoliator, a type of AHA, named after the German word for almond, “Mandel”, since it is derived from bitter almonds. It was first discovered by a German pharmacist and has a long history of being used as a disinfectant.
Like most AHAs – alpha hydroxy acids – it is used mostly to reduce lines and wrinkles. However, unlike its better-known AHA sisters glycolic or lactic acid, mandelic acid has lipophilic properties, meaning it can actually cut through the skin’s sebum and thus penetrate much deeper than other AHAs (though not as well as BHAs, which can really get “in there” when it comes to cleaning out your pores!).
One vastly popular product that contains mandelic acid is the Taiwanese Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid.* It contains 18% mandelic acid and is said to be a super effective anti wrinkle and anti dullness serum, which furthermore helps to eliminate blackheads and minimise enlarged pores. Pretty neat, huh?
The reason mandelic acid is currently creating a bit of a buzz in the Asian beauty community (with mainstream Western skincare slowly following behind), is the fact that due to its relatively high molecular size it is gentler than other AHAs. Thus, it is ideal for people with sensitive skin, who may find the often used glycolic acid too harsh and abrasive.
Given the low percentage of acid, the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water won’t be able to fully transform your face the way a high dosage chemical peel can. It should be seen more as an exfoliating toner similar to the Pixi Glow Tonic.* Apart from its main ingredient, it also contains a number of skin-friendly goodies.
Here is the full list of ingredients for the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water:
The list shows notable acne-fighting ingredients such as licorice root, centella asiatica, and chameleon leaf extract, while arginine is said to help smooth out wrinkles. The By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is alcohol-free and contains no perfume, which will please those of you with sensitive skin. You may want to watch out for the butylene glycol and the sorbitan sesquioleate if you tend to get contact allergies, since these two ingredients are known to cause rashes in highly sensitive skin types. I have sensitive skin prone to rashes, however, and haven’t experienced any problems with the ingredients.
The By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is colourless and pretty much odourless. There is a very faint chemical smell, but it dissipates quickly.
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water – How to and Results
I started using the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water about 10 days ago, and even after such a short time span I have already seen vast improvements in my skin texture! You can use the Skin Prep Water in two different ways: either put some of it in the palm of your hands and then pat it on your face directly, or use a cotton pad soaked with product and wipe it over your skin. I’ve tried both versions and find the cotton pad method a little too wasteful – it also feels nicer to directly apply the water with my hands. The instructions on the package say that using a cotton pad will enhance the peeling properties of the mandelic acid.
I’ve been using the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water as part of my nighttime routine and would generally advise it as a nighttime only product, since it does tend to make my face a bit red and ever so slightly sensitised after use. I’m not going to lie – the mandelic acid stings! Interestingly enough, it only seems to sting in those areas of my face where it is most needed: on my left cheek, where some extra stubborn pimples have been annoying me for ages (thanks to sleeping on my left side, hmpf), and on my chin, where I have some rough and slightly flaky patches. The stinging goes away after a minute or so, and it isn’t too strong, so definitely not something that would turn me off this toner.
In fact, the results are very much worth a little discomfort! Even after my first use I could already see vast improvements in my skin texture: my face felt baby soft and looked much smoother the next morning. Furthermore, the Skin Prep Water seems to noticeably even out my skin tone and has an overall brightening effect, which makes my skin look more youthful. I am also starting to see a positive effect on my enlarged pores around my nose area. I can’t say that it has helped fade my acne breakout on my cheek so far, but it’s only been roughly 2 weeks since I’ve started using it, after all.
In any case, I felt that given the instantaneous results it would be fine to review the Skin Prep Water this quickly – I can definitely already tell how great this product is, and I will very happily continue using it. I am curious to see how my skin will continue to improve with time, and will of course keep you updated on my Instagram. So far, I am impressed by its brightening, smoothing and texture-improving properties. Despite the slight stinging, I haven’t noticed any issues with sensitivities or intolerances – it’s a strong toner with quick results, but it also seems to be gentle enough to use every day if your skin can handle actives.
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water – the Bottom Line
All in all, I am – you probably guessed it already – really, really impressed by this product! Wishtrend has created something rather wonderful here: a gentle, yet effective exfoliating toning solution that most people should find helpful in a variety of ways. If you have dull, flaky or rough skin texture, this may just become your new best friend! As someone who is nearly 40 I also felt that it makes my skin appear more youthful, which really surprised (and delighted) me.
There is some stinging and redness involved when I use the Skin Prep Water, so if you have sensitive skin you should patch test this product and best only use it every other day at first, or maybe even only 1-2 times a week. In general, I would advise this as a nighttime only product. I use this instead of my regular toner right after cleansing at night and feel it is moisturising enough so that another toner isn’t needed.
If you are interested in trying out the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water you can find it online at Wishtrend for 22$.
If you would like me to do more K-Beauty reviews in English, please comment below! Have you tried any mandelic acid products before?
Take care guys!
°PR Sample, kindly provided by Wishtrend