5 Apr 2016

Review: The Face Shop Chia Seed Soothing Mist Toner


This is technically my first mist-toner. I was so intrigued when I first encountered one. I was like: what? a toner and a mist hybrid? Isn't toner something you use on a cotton pad to wipe off dead skin cells and debris, how can you achieve that with a mist?


Of course, that was long time ago (actually, a year ago) when I had minimal understanding of toner, lotion, essences and mist. Nowadays, as I gain more understanding of different categories in skincare, I realize that there is a lot of greys in skincare categories. It exists along a continuum instead of between clear cut lines. And this mist toner is definitely one of these "greys".


This product is, in my opinion, a soothing and hydrating mist with the properties and ingredients of a toner. Normally, you can use this to replace a toner if you do the double cleanse. You can also carry this around with you (although I think this is quite bulky in a hand bag) to retouch up your skin during the day.


I like to use this in my office whenever I am feeling dry or oily-dehydrated. It's quite simple actually. Just spritz a few pumps into the air on top of your skin and let the mist falls all over. Or if you don't wear makeup a lot, you can also spray this directly on your face for added refreshment. It will calm, soothe and hydrate skin within a few seconds -- very convenient and effective. It also smells really refreshing - very breezy and oceany like its other chia seed siblings.

CLAIM

The Face Shop Chia Seed Soothing Mist Toner is a mist type hydrating toner for quick soothing and moisturizing effects. Designed to soothe sensitive, dry and irritated skin, this mist toner is formulated with fine moisture drops for immediate soothing effects once it touches the skin. Use this after cleanser and treatment essence. Slightly tilt face upward and spray onto face evenly at an appropriate distance. Pat lightly with hands for better absorption. Can be used as a mist thorough the day as needed.



INGREDIENTS
(CosDNA analysis)

Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Betaine, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Phaseolus Radiatus Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Bark Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, NattoGum, Chlorphenesin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance


INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

Waterless skincare is a huge trend in Korea. Most essences I know are made without water, for instance Primera Miracle Seed Essence, Whamisa Deep Rich Toner, Secretkey Starting Treatment Essence and so on. You don't want to pay somewhere between US$ 30-40 knowing that your skincare goodies are diluted with water. The same goes for waterless mist.

Waterless mist is mist packed with only the potent ingredients to immediately deliver its claimed benefits. This Chia Seed Soothing Mist Toner, for example, is packed with high concentrated of pure chia seed juice with the ability to absorb 9 times their weight in water for boosted hydration. 

In addition to chia seed, there is also a good deal of potent antioxidants, humectants, and anti-inflammatory agents here. Betaine is a safe humectant and anti-irritant to give the skin superior hydration without any stickiness often associated with glycerin based products. Lecithin is a cell-communicating agent as well as an emollient to smooth and repair the skin for improved skin elasticity and moisture level. Plant extracts such as mung bean (wrinkles-care, radiance), carrageenan algae (antioxidant, moisturizing), natto gum (antioxidant, skin repairing), and chamomile extract (soothing, anti-bacteria) are also added to compliment the soothing and hydrating effects of the chia seed extract.

In short, this looks like an very good formula given the price (~US$ 14.90).


Packaging ★★★
Texture 
Ingredients 
Scent ★★★★

Performance 


CONCLUSION

Now I can safely say that this is definitely more towards mist than toner. It is a very good soothing and hydrating mist treatment thorough the day especially when you are away from everything. Whenever I am feeling dry or oily-dehydrated, I'll spritz this all over my face for a few aromatherapeutical seconds, and then wiped off with a cotton pad to remove all dirts and sebums sticked to the watery layer. Only then I will follow it up with a few sprays and lightly pat for absorption. Don't ever spritz a mist over dirty face as it will actually bring or channel those dust and dirts into your pores. It will also leave a silky soft layer of emollient on my face that gets absorbed pretty quickly into my skin. Most of the time, one bottle of this is enough for any re-touchup after a busy morning.

Ingredients-wise, this is also a very good and actually quite worth-it for the money you are paying. I used to spend about US$ 30 (RM 100) on three huge bottles of BioEssence Bio Miracle Water Mist and get absolutely no effect from it at all. Even the more reputable Avene Thermal Spring Water Mist doesn't soothe my skin better than this. Those feel like plain water. But this, feels like it has more than just water in it. It will trap dust for easier removal, can hydrate and soothe skin really well and is also much more portable and moisturizing than those "water mist" in local drugstore that feels nothing other than just water.

In conclusion, a really good mist, although not my favourite, for anyone looking for a good and budgetary hydrating and soothing mist-toner.


You can get this from:  The Face Shop Malaysia / RoseRoseShop / TesterKorea
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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