[REVIEW] Mamonde Rose Water Toner Pad (Before and After)
What you get: 40 pads
Texture: Pads are thin and saturated in the original rose water toner
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Rose Extract, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylic Acid, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Glycerin, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid.
SOME INTERESTING INGREDIENTS:
Rose Extract: (90.97%) Anti-inflammatory + inhibitor against elastase and collagenase (enzymes that degrade elastin and collagen) + anti-aging + antioxidant. Contains Vitamins A, C, D, and E. Gentle antiseptic and astringent that also prevents blemishes, minimize redness and soothe irritation. Ideal for all skin types.
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: is a surfactant: it helps water mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away, leaving skin and hair clean.
Disodium EDTA: ‘‘has been shown to enhance the dermal penetration of other ingredients contained in a product.’’ I’m including this ingredient in this list just to note the fact that most ingredients that I don’t mention serve in either aiding absorption, preserving the product or making the consistency more appealing.
Nelumbo nucifera flower extract (lotus): antioxidant + intense hydrater/moisturizer + balances oily skin
Tocopherol: Vitamin E
Lactic Acid: An AHA, exfoliates the skin, lightens dark spots, and improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Pad fabric: Highly adhesive organic cotton, ultralight mesh pad.
When I bought this product I originally taught that it was an exfoliating pad, but after much research I realize that this is designed to be used as a kind of DIY sheet mask soaked in the Mamonde rose water toner. The pads can be used like the Cosrx toner ones if you’re familiar with them, I used them that way my first time and was quite annoyed to find out that they were so saturated with the toner that the liquid kept on dripping on my neck, but I then realized that the sheets were extremely thin and I had accidentally used like 5 in one go. If you’re careful enough to peal of the pads that are kind of glued together, the sheet you’re left with is actually pretty good at what it does.
I couldn’t find claims for the pads specifically, but since they are advertised as ‘‘Cotton pads soaked in rose water toner that can be used as a toner or a sheet mask’’, I’ll just be using the ones made for the toner. I mean at this point I’m basically reviewing the toner as well anyway.
‘‘Rose water toner contains 90.97% rose water, instead of regular water, for more soothing hydration with each swipe. Damask Rose Water delivers soothing and moisturizing effects for the skin, making it look clearer and more energized. It effectively takes care of dead skin cells and skin texture for clearer, refreshed looking skin.’’
Soothing hydration and moisturizing effects: A lot of people have extremely red skin and look for ways to get rid of it or tune it down and I think this is a very good product for doing that. I don’t feel like I particularly suffer from skin redness because although I get red very easily and my cheeks are almost always red, since the redness limits itself in my cheek area, it just looks like a blush and I don’t really care. But if you’re really red and it bothers you, try using anything with rose water in it, it’s been proven to help, and this product applies to the rule (Look at the before and after pictures). So yes for soothing, an obvious yes for hydration, but although it does have some moisturizing ingredients, I do feel like you still need to apply a moisturizer after using this if you live in a colder dryer area. But if it’s summer and hot, yes, this is moisturizing enough too. The soothing hydration sensation is also extremely refreshing, it’s a shame because it’s winter right now where I live, but I feel like this will become a staple in my skin care routine in summer because of how refreshing my skin feels after each use.
Skin looks clearer and more energized: Well.. Surprisingly, yes. Surprisingly, because if it hadn’t been clear, I really did not expect anything from this product. My skin looks brighter and consequently more energized, It’s not an AMAZINGLY HUGE difference, but it’s nice and I like it.
Clears dead skin cells and improves skin texture: No, I don’t think so. Although the rose water toner pads do contain ingredients like Lactic Acid and Citric Acid which are known to exfoliate the skin, they’re mentioned in the last bit of the ingredient list, which means in smaller concentration and so their efficacy is lowered if present at all (Citric Acid is also used to balance a solution’s PH, and in small concentration won’t even act as an Exfoliator for example). I’ve used this a couple of times and I haven’t noticed any skin texture difference, and this definitely can’t replace a good Exfoliator.
Long-lasting moisture barrier: Yes. As I mentioned you do need to use a moisturizer after this if you live in a dryer area, but otherwise the moisture lasted a solid day with me.
At this point you may be thinking that buying the toner is a safer bet than buying the pads. I originally would have strongly agreed but the people over at Amore Pacific (that own Mamonde) made a study on woman aged between 20 and 39 and found the following results:
So apparently if you want to maximize your moisture, you can either use the 7 skin method (in which you apply a little amount of the toner for a grand total of 7 times), or let the pads on your face for 15 minutes, which sounds less ridiculous in my book. And yes, before you ask, I have tried the 7 skin methods with other toners for a while, and the method is great and it works but your girl ain’t got time for that kind of dedication. Now the next obvious would be the following: Wouldn’t it be smarter to just buy the toner, and soak it in your own cotton pads? No. Why? Because the cotton pads you use are probably pretty thick, and you’ll need a lot of product to saturate them with the toner. Plus, if you want to use organic cotton pads like they did, and also buy the toner, in the long run you’ll be spending more money since the pads are less expensive than the toner itself.
Very Easy to use
Efficient way to hydrate your skin
Refreshing toner with great results
Perfect for sensitive skins
All kinds of skin can use this, specially oily skin because of how light it is.
Smooths down fine lines
Very Runny if squeezed or wiped with
Sheets are very thin and kind of annoying to remove from pot
Score: 4.0/5 or 3.0/5 —— I’m giving this a 4.0 in Summer and a 3.0 in Winter. You don’t need refreshing products in winter, but I already known how amazing this is going to feel in Beirut’s infernal summer.