Klairs is a Korean skincare brand that I have been meaning to try ever since it launched in India. The brand’s philosophy which revolves around simple formulations for targeting specific skin concerns has always resonated with me and the key ingredients of some of their products sound simply amazing. I received the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner in a PR box some time back and have been saving it for when I finish some of my other toners ever since then. I finally cracked the bottle open some time back and here is my detailed review of the product for you guys.
The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner comes in a rustic outer cardboard box with a tinted plastic bottle inside. The packaging is very minimalistic and apothecary style, to go with the theme of simple skincare. The screw on lid shuts the bottle very securely but I am personally not a fan of the dispenser and wish that they had added a pump or a spray to the bottle instead. Also, the bottle is a little bulky to travel around with but it does look beautiful on my vanity.
The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is essentially a hydrating toner that you need to pat on to your face after cleansing your skin. I tested it’s pH and found it to lie somewhere between 6 and 7, which is good for maintaing the acidic mantle of the skin. The brand lists all the ingredients on the packaging, which is great, and has also cited the main ingredients separately.
The main ingredients listed are Beta Glucon, Lipidure, Sodium Hyaluronate and Centella Asiatica Extract. The first three are known hydrators that offer oodles of moisture to the skin and make it look supple and plump whereas Centella Asiatica is known to soothe the skin and reduce any redness or inflammation. Out of the key ingredients, Sodium Hyaluronate and Centella Asiatica Extract fall within the first ten ingredients in the complete ingredients list. This means that the formula has a decent concentration of these ingredients but I would have loved it if they were among the top 5 ingredients. The formula has a runny consistency which is slightly thicker than water, and it looks and feels like cold water on the skin and doesn’t have any fragrance either. The ingredients make the product ideal for those with sensitive and dehydrated skin although all skin types can benefit from the formula.
My Experience with the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
My skin has always suffered from slight redness but it seems to have increased lately, which is why all products with Centella Asiatica extracts are calling out my name these days. Also, my oily skin has been leaning towards combination recently, with dryness on my forehead and cheeks. A hydrating toner/essence seems to work wonders for me alongside my moisturizer or face oil because it piles on the moisture without feeling heavy or greasy.
This is why I have been liking the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner as both my daytime and nighttime toner for layering up the moisture before I go in with a cream or oil. It instantly soothes my skin and does feel quite refreshing too, although I will ask you not to expect any overnight miracles when it comes to reduction in redness. I have been using this toner for a few weeks now and I see a slight reduction in my redness, will definitely keep you posted on the progress after a month or so.
I have also been patting this toner into my skin on the days that I apply retinol. I let the toner sink into my skin completely and then go in with the Ordinary 0.2% Retinol in Squalene on top. The toner prevents the slight burning sensation that I otherwise feel sometimes when I apply retinol on my cheeks.
My Final Verdict on the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
Overall, I feel that if you are looking for a no-nonsense hydrating toner then the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner should be on your list. The only downside though is the price, which is a whopping INR 1430 for an 180ml bottle. The price is justified to some extent by the fact that you only need 2-3 drops of this potent toner every day, but it may still be wise to grab it during a sale. That being said, if you have sensitive skin and are scared of harsh ingredients then this toner might be a boon for you!
Do you like hydrating toners? Which one is your fave? Let me know in the comments!