Just like meeting your soulmate, finding the right skincare solution can be a long, arduous journey with a lot of trial-and-errors in between. You might have found a product that pressed pause on your pimples, but won’t do much about the scars they left behind. Or, maybe it clashed with the rest of the products in your routine. You might be asking yourself: is it really possible to achieve poreless, perfect skin? Maybe it took a bit of time, but the long wait is over.
Your match-made-in-heaven: the ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Toner. It might sound familiar, and for good reason—this highly-coveted potion has gained a massive cult-following among K-beauty specialists and enthusiasts alike. In fact, this little amber bottle locked down Soko Glam’s 2018 Best of Beauty Award and their People’s Choice Award. If you’re wondering why, the answer lies in the same thing that powers all good skincare products: a squad of stellar ingredients.
WHY IT WORKS
As its name proclaims, this potion is chockfull of a little known miracle-worker called licorice root. At the molecular level, this natural extract contains a compound called glabridin—a brightening agent known to lighten dark spots, under-eye circles, and age spots. It also contains licochalcone, another active that controls sebum production and protects the skin from toxins and stressors. While this dynamic duo works wonders for the oily and acne-prone, they’re simultaneously gentle and nurturing to dry, sensitive skin types.
When creating this blend, ACWELL clearly sought to cover all ground. With a dash of green tea and a flurry of flower extracts, this toner fights inflammation, improves skin elasticity, and produces a visible, yet subtle radiance. Sounds too good to be true? Well, we decided to see for ourselves! See the results of our 3-week test, below:
THE 3-WEEK TEST
Mara, 23, Acne-Prone Skin: “I’ve only discovered this toner a few months ago when I saw someone on Instagram using it. At first, I wasn’t considering this toner at all since it stated that it was for sensitive skin, and I didn’t think it would have any effect on me (I have oily and acne-prone skin).
To be honest, I’ve never been adventurous when it came to trying new skincare products. I only stuck with those that I already had and didn’t break me out as much, but weren’t really helping in addressing the skin concerns I had (oiliness and acne scarring, to name a few). However, this toner did the trick, well, with my scarring at least!
The first time I used it, I found that it smelled faintly of citrus. I didn’t hate it, but I also wasn’t a big fan of it. It’s something you’d get used to after using the product a few weeks. But with the effects it had on me, I can get by with its smell.
In just 3 days, I noticed that the acne scars I’ve had for months were already starting to lighten. And with continuous use for 2 weeks, the scars I had on my right cheek had almost disappeared. Even my workmates noticed that my whole face was starting to brighten.
It also helped with the texture of my face. Before using the toner, I’d accepted that my face would forever feel the way it did. But with this toner, it was able to reveal the softness of my face, which is something I never expected to get or even have.
Truth be told, I was one of those girls who didn’t care for their skincare much. But after trying this toner and seeing the results it delivered, I’m convinced that I just have to find the right products for me in order to get the best and clearest skin I ever had.”
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