Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review: Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX

Product Benefits
A highly functional toner that regulates the skin's renewal rate and allows moisture and vital nutrients to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin. Skin is clearer with a brighter and more even tone. Contains Himalayan Rhododendron, Alpine Epilobium, Himalaya Snow Water and willow bark extract to fight free radicals, sealing in moisture and gently exfoliate and soothe skin.
Formulated with Bio-Dusali™ for optimum skin renewal and hydration

My review:
I like this Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX as it combines both a toner (second step of Clinique three step system) and a lotion (the kind you find in Japanese skincare routines).

This Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX acts as a toner because it has properties to gently exfoliate skin ( you can also enhance exfoliation by the using cotton pads) and hence regulate skin's renewal rate. According to the BA, the willow bark extract acts as a mild BHA to exfoliate the skin. I also liked that it didn't smell strongly of alcohol.

The Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX also left my skin sufficiently hydrated. After using this Skin Refiner, I didn't immediately follow with a serum or moisturiser but just sat there testing whether my skin was hydrated enough not to feel tight or dry, and it didn't.

The Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX has a texture of a very light serum. It is almost similar to Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Lotion, except that the Laneige one has a stronger fragrance.

The fragrance is the only thing I didn't like about this product. The smell is pleasant enough but I wished it wasn't that strong.

All in all, I like that this Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX provides the exfoliating benefits of a toner and the hydrating effects of a lotion. It would have been better if the smell wasn't so strong.

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