If one were to ask me what is the one thing I regret the most about my morning skincare routine I wouldn’t hesitate to answer back “more time to pile on skincare products”. As many of you have read in previous posts, I am the complete opposite of a morning person – for me the perfect morning would be to wake up without an alarm, find a cup of warm coffee waiting for me on my bedside table, hearty breakfast and then …. starting my long and pampering skincare routine knowing that I would have enough time to finish it.
Following that tiny rant about whatever that was, I have regretful news – I have reached the bottom of one of my most beloved skincare products – the ‘Beauty Water’.
The Son & Park Beauty Water was created by Son & Park a few years back and has since then been the winner of numerous beauty awards as it is a favourite of many skincare addicts and beauty bloggers.
The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser but it mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya extract to help sweep away dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin tone and smoother texture. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so your skin can be prepped to absorb the next skin care steps, while adding in a bit of moisture. Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect canvas for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to whisk away remaining impurities. For normal, oily, dry, and combination skin types. Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.
How to Use:
Moisten a cotton pad and gently sweep across the face. Beauty Water is ideal:
– As a toner before application of the rest of your skin care products
– To remove remaining impurities after cleansing
– As a way to freshen up your face during the day
Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol,Propanediol, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Laveder)Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita(Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, OriganumVulgare Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Octanediol, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Protease, Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol
Since the above is a long list of ingredients, I am firstly going to talk about the beneficial ones:
- Rosa Damascena Flower Water or Damask Rose or Rose of Castile is a potent antibacterial which is up there on the list next to cinnamon and thyme with the added benefit that it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture. Moreover, it is anti-inflammatory, improves the skin’s appearance and refreshes it.
- Witch Hazel water conditions the skin such that when used it enhances its appearance as it improves the suppleness of skin. Moreover, it is an astringent with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Orange Fruit extract stabilises the emulsion, adds fragrance to a product and aids with its absorption which is extremely important in a product full of beneficial ingredients. Moreover, it is found to condition the skin, stimulate collagen production which will reduct the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plus it has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Xylitol is a humectant which helps skin retain its natural moisture, thereby increasing the skin’s barrier function.
- Pentylene Glycol is also a humectant but it is also used as a solvent and preservative.
- Bergamot Fruit Oil balances oil production whilst cleansing skin. Moreover it is an antiseptic and soothes irritation whilst aiding melanin production.
- Olive oil – although this may trigger acne – is an antioxidant which moisturises the skin.
- Orange Peel oil exfoliates the skin apart from aiding with the minimisation of photo damaged skin. It is also a moisturiser and renowned for its anti-aging properties.
- Grapefruit oil is beneficial for acne prone skin since it’s an astringent and it also aids in the increase of circulation.
- Lavender oil is antibacterial and aids in the healing of damaged skin. Apart from it’s soothing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, this ingredient also lightens the skin and repels insects.
- Cedarwood oil soothes irritation, has anti-inflammatory properties and eliminates bacteria by acting as an astringent. Moreover, it’s one of the fragrant oils and acts as an anti-oxidant whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Geranium oil balances the production of sebum, thereby boosting skin’s elasticity. Apart from its soothing properties, this oil is also anti-bacterial and an antiseptic.
- Papaya Fruit Extract is an antioxidant which makes skin look rejuvenated, plus it’s a natural AHA which exfoliates and brightens the skin.
- Jasmine Oil is antiseptic and promotes the healing of wounds – which is a plus for those with acne-prone skin.
- Anise seed oil is antibacterial and also helps in the healing of skin.
- Artemisia extract from which mugwort is derived is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and protects the skin whilst producing collagen.
- Galbanum essential oil rejuvenates aging skin and has anti-inflammation properties.
- Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract is antiseptic and antibacterial. Moreover, it is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and studies have shown that it defends the skin from damage from UV rays.
- Tea Tree extract – Need I say more?
- Lemon Balm leaf extract soothes the skin and is an antioxidant and bug repellent
- Peppermint leaf extract leaves a cooling sensation to skin whilst also serving as an antiseptic and antioxidant
- Spearmint Oil’s anti-inflammatory qualities soothe the skin. Moreover, it is effective in cleansing pores and tightening the skin.
- Sweet Marjoram Leaf Oil strengthens and repairs the skin’s barrier, is an antioxidant thus protecting the skin from external damaging factors and soothes the skin.
- Oregano Leaf extract has anti-fungal, antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
- Rosemary extract increases circulation, reduces oil production, is an anti-oxidant and provides anti-bacterial benefits.
- Thyme extract protects the skin from harmful bacteria and fungal infections and is an anti-oxidant.
- Brazilian Balsam Copaiba essential oil reduces rashes, itchiness, and inflammation, whilst also providing antifungal, cooling, and skin healing benefits.
Now that that is ready, it is noted that this beauty water has around five ingredients which are not safe to utilise in the long term, two of which are alcohol denant and PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides.
I mainly use this in the morning because, as I said, I’m not a morning person so I am not in the habit of using a cleanser in the morning. Since this beauty water has the actual consistency of water, I use it on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face to remove any dirt and nastiness that would be on the skin after the night. If you can see it from the photo below, this product has a very watery consistency plus it is intended to be used in conjunction with cotton pads.
Once applied to the skin it sinks in and is absorbed very quickly and does not leave the skin feeling sticky at all which makes it an excellent toner in my opinion. It doesn’t make the skin feel tight like many of the other toners I have in my arsenal.
Bonus : The ph of this beauty water is actually 4.5 which perhaps explains why it’s also marketed as a toner.
This botanical product smells so good. Its scent hits you when you open up the bottle, I can only compare it to a field with some flowers after it has rained. It smells so so good and the scent is natural due to all the sweet smelling ingredients it has! I cannot imagine anyone hating the smell of this, however I stand to be corrected.
My skin loved this water, it did not make me break out, it actually seemed to soothe my red bumps and I felt that it made my skin brighter – sort of a ‘clean’ brighter rather than a glowy sheen.
And now the cherry on the cake – is it truly an effective cleanser? Can it possibly be a replacement for your cleanser and toner? Does it remove makeup? I swiped some waterproof eyeliner and lip scream on my arm, both of which are pretty hard to remove with normal cleansers without resorting to a cleansing oil first.
I was a bit impatient so I rubbed at my arm a bit to get the product off (not too much though) and I was even more impressed than I already had been with the product. It managed to remove products which usually require an oil first thereby beating cleansers which have failed to do so.
Of course I would repurchase this baby … soon. I am in the process of trying out a new toner/micellar water and I am curious to see how it would compare to this gem.
Have you tried this miracle water?
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