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Mizon is a skincare brand from Korea with products at a mid to low price tier. Their famous products are actually their snail slime creams and serum. However the product which I’m going to talk about today is quite different. Today I’m going to introduce you guys to my go-to pH adjusting toner – Mizon’s AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. It claims to be a gentle everyday exfoliator which dissolves dead surface cells due to the inclusion of glycolic acid and papaya enzymes, while salicylic acid (BHA) helps to unclog pores by removing embedded impurities and excess oil. As usual, before I get into the review proper, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Glycolic Acid, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

How does the Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner fare?

The main reason why I bought this product was because I wanted to use it as a pH-adjusting toner before I use my Vitamin C serum in the morning (click here to read my actives routine). The thing is, although this product claims to exfoliate, it can’t actually do so as its pH is a little too high for any exfoliating to take place. AHAs and BHAs require a pH of around 3 ~ 4 in order to exfoliate properly but this product’s pH is around 4 ~ 4.5. That means that even though it is acidic (neutral pH is at 7), it won’t exfoliate or at least provide any sort of meaningful exfoliation. In addition, just by looking at its ingredients list, the amount of AHA and BHA present in this product seems quite low. But it doesn’t matter to me anyway since I have other proper acid exfoliaters which work at the correct pH levels and percentage.

Anyway I’ve been using this product for more than a month and I do like it. After cleansing in the mornings, I pour this product on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face to lower down my skin’s pH level. Our skin’s pH gets disrupted while cleansing and because Vitamin C serum works best if your skin’s pH is low, this step is crucial to making sure that I reap the maximum benefits of my Vitamin C serum.   It acts as an extension of my cleansing routine in the mornings – thus the name daily clean toner I guess. I also like that this product has a refreshing lime scent which wakes me up in the morning. The only  “con”, which is not really a “con” in my case, is that this toner is definitely not like your average hydrating Korean toners so do not expect it to provide any hydrating benefits to your skin. It is more of an “astringent” type of toner. You would definitely need other hydrating serums or essence or moisturisers to provide adequate hydration to your skin.

In short, this product is good for my intended purpose and I’ll likely repurchase since it’s relatively cheap and works well for me.

Where can you find it?

I bough this product from Qoo10.sg. Its price ranges from S$16 to S$18 (150 ml sized). Please note that the price is not inclusive of shipping fees.

Thank you for reading!

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