January is when I often concentrate on skincare products. It just seems to fit in with New Year Resolutions to take better care of ourselves. But even though January is just next week, I felt like talking about a skincare product I’ve been meaning to write about for weeks now.
I often get fantastic skincare ideas from Anastasia, the power behind the beauty blog Glamorable. Though she is decades my junior, Anastasia is very knowledgeable about skincare products and how to take care of skin. Several months ago, her review of the Korean skincare product, IUNIK Vitamin Hyaluronic Acid Vitalizing Toner, convinced me that I needed to try it.
First, I think the brand name demands a mention. IUNIK=unique. Their website is unique4u.com. Just in case you wanted to know how to pronounce it. 😉 IUNIK is a natural K-beauty brand.
What interested me most about the product when I read about it on Glamorable is that it’s a hyaluronic acid product. In fact, it is 45% hyaluronic acid! I have quite a collection of HA skincare products. I seem to be the queen of HA serums these days, but none of the other HA products I own come close to having this much HA in the formula.
It also contains 5% sea buckthorn that IUNIK calls Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract. Sea Buckthorn (not sure why it’s called “sea” when it comes from a tree?) is rich in vitamins C, E and K, fruit acids, amino acids, minerals and other goodies. I learned that sea buckthorn, a berry, contains 12 times the vitamin C of oranges.
IUNIK Vitamin Hyaluronic Acid Vitalizing Toner excels in increasing hydration via the HA, the sea buckthorn helps even skin tone, and the three plant extracts brighten. With its high concentration of HA, the toner is recommended for dry skin, though I think it would also be fine for combination skin especially during the winter.
IUNIK calls the product a “toner”. On their website (which must have been translated from Korean into English word for word because it doesn’t always make sense), they list one of the product benefits as “Runny gel type toner” – that made me laugh. It’s what I describe as “heavy water”. In texture, it’s similar to another HA product that I reviewed in November, Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Booster, also a clear heavy water. Though I occasionally use it as a toner applying it with a cotton pad, I primarily use IUNIK Vitamin HA Vitalizing Toner as an essence. I spill a few drops into my hand and press it into my skin. After it soaks in, I apply my other serums and then moisturizer.
As far as I can tell, the toner is unscented.
It comes in a tall, slim heavy plastic bottle. It has a small hole in the top so you can shake out a few drops onto a cotton pad or into your hand. I understand why is has that small hole: because IUNIK sees it as a toner and you often squeeze out toner onto a pad. Nevertheless, I wish it had a pump top like the Vichy Mineral 89 – but that’s a small complaint.
The ingredients in IUNIK Vitamin HA Vitalizing Toner have been rated as “low hazard” by the Environmental Working Group. From a foreign brand, knowing that it has such a good rating from EWG is quite reassuring.
IUNIK Vitamin Hyaluronic Acid Vitalizing Toner is the bargain of the century. On the IUNIK website, it’s priced at $16.49 for 200 ml (they’re offering 10% off now too). It’ll last forever!
I really like this high HA toner/essence. It does seem to make a noticeable difference in the hydration level of my dry skin especially now that the heat is on in the house full time, and the wind outdoors is cold and drying. I have about 5 different HA essences and serums, but because of the 45% HA, this is the one I reach for most often.
Any interest in this hydrating liquid? What’s your favorite HA product?