I am a huge fan of natural skincare products and hence, when I first came across Innis Free, I was hooked. The brand is a huge advocate using up to 70% natural ingredients in their beauty products, and researches the products out of a Green Lab located in a green tea farm at the centre of Jeju, which is famous for its gorgeous natural landscapes and unpolluted environment. How cool is that?!
Always on the lookout for effective pore-minimising products, I decided to try the Innis Free Green Persimmon Pore Toner, simply because it smelled so good! While Jeju is first famous for its sweet tangerines, Innis free has decided to switch this up with the refreshing Jeju green persimmon instead. Combining this with clove flower extracts, this ethanol-free toner works to control and regulate sebum production while delivering moisture to the skin. Salicylic acid, derived from willow tree bark, also helps prevent skin infections and remove dead skin cells.
The toner itself is very watery and lightweight, giving off a strong citrus scent similar to but much sweeter than that of lemons when you squeeze them. Upon application, the face feels instantly refreshed and leaves a tingling feel in your pores. It dries off almost instantly to a smooth matt finish prepping your skin for the next step.
At the start, it was a pleasure to use due to the refreshing citrusy scent! Also, I love how smooth and matt it leaves my skin. However, there was not much pore tightening effects to be seen even after a few weeks, and the oil control effect was sadly, unconvincing. My T-zone was still an oil field 2 hours into it, and a prolonged 3-month usage seemed to have created little milia seeds on my skin. According to my beautician, oil control toners were not suitable for dehydrated combination skin like mine, as your sebaceous glands are tricked into producing more oil the more you try to “control” it, very likely leaving you with double the amount of clogged pores. It is almost like disciplining a teenager in their puberty phase if I might say so- you are better off leaving it on its own!
I have since discontinued the usage of this, but nevertheless, felt that this might be a good option for oily skin types. The citrus scent is without a doubt -heavenly-and I would definitely repurchase at once if it was made into a perfume!
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