When Ellie Choi introduced “glass skin” to the beauty world, it was all anyone could talk about—ourselves included. We’ve been on the hunt for products to help us achieve it ever since! And if you’ve been doing the same thing, well, you’re in luck. We may have just found a game-changer.

This gorgeous amber-toned bottle is the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water. Considered a Holy Grail by many, it’s made serious waves since its mid-2017 launch—lauded by rave-reviewers as one of the best chemical exfoliants out there. But how true could this be? First, let’s take a look at the formula.

WHY IT WORKS


Like most of the best in skincare, the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water owes its performance to a few hard-hitting ingredients, namely mandelic acid, beta-glucan, panthenol, centella asiatica, and sodium hyaluronate. Each one serves its own purpose: beta-glucan soothes redness, panthenol acts as a humectant, centella asiatica fights acne, and sodium hyaluranate locks in moisture to prevent dryness post-exfoliation.

But out of all the product’s star ingredients, none are more important than its 5% mandelic acid content. This special alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) is a potent exfoliant that whisks away dead skin cells and boosts renewal. And the best part? It’s less likely to cause irritation on sensitive skin due to its large molecular size. According to the website, this stuff is gentle enough to be used daily—so you can more rapidly achieve luminous skin that’s free of pimples, scars, and texture. All you have to do is pat on the product with your bare hands or sweep it over your skin with a cotton pad for more thorough exfoliation. Trust us—the results will speak for themselves. We have proof! See the chronicles of our 10-day test, below.

OUR 10-DAY TEST


THE VERDICT


KIM: “Before I started using this product, my skin was in the worst state it had been in a while due to successive hormonal breakouts. My biggest issue was texture and post-acne spots. I’m glad to say this definitely helped. I’ve tried many, many chemical exfoliants over the years and it’s my favorite so far! You can really see the difference on my cheeks. The dark spots look lighter and smaller in size, the texture is smoother, my pores look cleaner, the redness has subsided, and my skin tone looks more even overall.

As for my forehead, the difference isn’t as drastic, but it definitely looks better than the first day! The post-breakout bumps are much flatter. There is still some texture, but considering the visible results after only 10 days (technically only 5 days of use, since I applied it every other day), it’s pretty impressive! I’m excited to see how much more it can do with long-term use. My only complaint is the alcohol-like smell, but it does dissipate once the product is applied. I’m definitely buying another bottle before my sample runs out.”

The By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is available on BeautyMNL for P1,250. Shop it right here!

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Credits: Photos by Kat Echon

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