By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water | Exfoliating Toner for Sensitive Skin that Works

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water | Exfoliating Toner for Sensitive Skin that Works

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water AKA Exfoliating Toner is a fairly new (launched in July’17) product in the market. It was a suspense for me to try something with 5% Mandelic Acid. I’m a user of AHA, BHA, and Glycolic acid toners but never used Mandelic Acid before. I read about Mandelic Acid earlier which is known for its kind nature, anti-aging benefits, and effectiveness of removing dead skin cells, etc. With the use of Wishtrend Mandelic Acid Water/toner, I was actually getting to know the behavior of this ingredient.


What is Mandelic Acid & How it works on skin:

Mandelic Acid, a different form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that is extracted from of bitter almonds. It has larger molecular bond than regular AHA, thus, it is less harsh on the skin. However, it delivers the same benefits like AHA/BHA.It is very much popular for its anti-bacterial characteristic.

It is very much popular for its anti-bacterial and anti-aging characteristics. Mandelic Acid accelerates cellular regeneration rate and increases collagen production. Therefore the ingredient helps to balance melanin production. For is antibacterial properties, Mandelic Acid works effectively as an acne treatment as well.


Ingredients of Wishtrend Mandelic Acid

Water, Mandelic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Carbomer.


How I use By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid

According to the brand, the toner is recommended for sensitive skin, dry skin and acne prone skin.
I’ve combination skin type with no acne issue (that I could monitor) and I’m pretty much use to with hardcore AHA/BHA stuff. I started using it in my morning skincare routine. After cleansing, I wipe my face with the Wishtrend Mandelic Acid soaked cotton pad. On the bottle, it was instructed to use directly by patting onto the skin. I feel my skin need a bit more exfoliating work thus the use of the cotton pad. Then I follow up with rest of the skincare, moisturizer and all and especially a high SPF sunscreen. Careful sun protection is when using an exfoliating toner for daytime even if you’re just sitting at home.

It’s been around two months I’ve been using Wishtrend Mandelic Acid SKin Prep Water. I’ve given it a go for night time skin care as well just the same way by using it after cleanser. Did took a break from it in between to see how my skin does without it.

I use exfoliating toners every day. If I’m using a mild one like this Wishtrend Mandelic Acid toner, I’m more likely to physically exfoliate my skin once in a week as well. Additionally,  I’ve been using retinol serums regularly in my night time skincare routine. Now that might sound a bit too much to you. But I’ve noticed my skin is quite tough and does completely okay with all this. Obviously, I won’t suggest you follow me because I don’t know how much your skin can tolerate.


My Experience with Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

Simply, this exfoliating toner By Wishtrend with 5% Mandelic Acid is indeed very gentle to the skin comparing AHA, BHA or Glycolic toners. It actually gave me no irritation or redness ever but leaves my skin smooth and fuss-free after every use. Due to its added hydrating ingredient, it is hydrating on the skin. The other BHA toners I tried earlier (e.g. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Toner) would leave my skin kinda squeaky clean but after using Wishtrend Mandelic Acid my skin feels a tad tacky. I assume it is because of the hydrating properties. It is not anything bothersome though!

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid toner has been able to keep my skin fresh from the dead skin fuss. It’s was also effective in keeping up the skin brightness. My skin texture felt maintained as well. During these two months, I was waiting for a day when my skin would feel unusually sensitive so I could monitor how the mandelic acid works then. But, fortunately, my skin been doing perfect and I haven’t got that chance.

If I talk about the improvement of skin tone, then yes the toner was doing the job of maintaining my even skin tone as well. However, I haven’t noticed any fading on my sun spots (this is what I only have) so far.


Overall, I’ve no complaints about Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water. I actually like how gentle it is. This exfoliating toner is indeed a perfect option for those who faced sensitivity problem with AHA/BHA. Moreover, I would highly suggest it for those who are just starting with exfoliating toner. The kind and & gentle character it this one will surely help a new user to understand how their skin acts with such product.


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  • Reply
    farah tasnim
    September 24, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Currently i am using this toner. At day 1 i did cleansing>toning>mendalic acid> klairs blue drop> cosrx snail cream and after waking up the result was just amazing. after that day I put toner after mendalic acid but it stops showing magic. what’s wrong should I put toner first. and how long should I wait after mendalic acid

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      September 25, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Hi Tasnim,
      An exfoliating toner just exfoliates your face. And you’ll see a fuss free glow of clean skin with time. Morning glow actually depends on your entire skin care.
      In my case, I don’t use any other toner when I’m using an exfoliating toner cause it works the same eventually. I use any exfoliating tone, including this Mandelic Acid one, right after Cleansing so it removes any dirt/residue left after cleansing along with the dead skin. Then I simply follow up with serum and other skincare stuff. Mandelic Acid or any other exfoliating toner you must use before any other skincare products because it will do its exfoliating job and remove anything you have on your face.

      However, I’m not really sure what result you’re actually referring to and expecting. Would tell me in a bit details so I can suggest you better?

      XOXO 😘

  • Reply
    September 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    This is my first time learning about mandelic acid. It definitely sounds interesting and like it has some really great uses. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Apart from the tacky-ness it left it sounds like a really great product, I have not used a face product with mandelic acid in it but its very interesting

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      September 25, 2017 at 1:39 am

      The tackiness actually doesn’t bothering at all cause of the serum and other skincare stuff I follow up with. It goes away. I believe that is because of its hydrating properties.
      As I mentioned, it’s my first product as well with this concentration of Mandelic Acid and I’m quite impressed of its kind character.

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    Karyn Locke
    September 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Okay, I can see this being a “thing”. I use Micellar Water to clean my skin, so why not use a product for skin prep?

  • Reply
    Aine Mulloy
    September 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Currently have zero skincare routine but have been very lucky with my skin so far, definitely thinking of making one now coming into winter so this looks like it might fit the bill

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    Courtney Andrews
    September 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I had not heard of this before but it sounds great! My skin just isn’t what it was when I was 16 so I’m always looking for new products :)

  • Reply
    September 21, 2017 at 4:52 am

    I will not argue for more anti-aging components but I do like more cleansers for sensitive skin. I’m sure everyone could benefit from this just for better facial maintenance if nothing else.

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      September 25, 2017 at 1:35 am

      I totally agree with you Rose. Cleansing is definitely the first key point of skincare regardless of any other step. If we don’t maintain a good cleaning ritual then nothing else will benefit us.

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    Helene Choo
    September 21, 2017 at 4:23 am

    I never got into toners for some reason! My skin care routine is just exfoliating in the shower and using a face buffer in the evenings before I go to sleep:) This looks really interesting though, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      September 25, 2017 at 1:42 am

      I was into physical exfoliator/scrubs too before getting to know about chemical exfoliator and it’s effectiveness. Since I’m into them I never looked back.
      But I do exfoliate in the shower, body only and that I can’t skip ever 😁

  • Reply
    September 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before. I’d certainly give it a try. I’m always looking for things that can help out my skin.

  • Reply
    September 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I can’t say that I know much, or anything about these products, but great info and detail!

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    Shusmita hossain
    September 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Currently using vit c 21.5 serum mixing with vitamin tree water gel. Working well on my skin.
    If i use this mandelic acid water, should i stop using the serum?

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      September 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Vitamin C is not a skin exfoliator. But that can create sensitivity issue if used right after this toner. Specially for C21.5 I would use any exfoliating toner alternatively – morning to night or in the other day.

      Otherwise I don’t think it is necessary to completely stop using vitamin C.

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