What’s the Deal with Aloe?
Aloe is great, multifunction ingredient – typical of the sorts of extracts you commonly find in K-Beauty. It has anti-aging benefits, as it protects from UV damage whilst also functioning as an antiseptic so could contribute to an acne-prevention routine.
It’s great for wound healing, improves collagen production and helps lock moisture into your skin.
I personally find it very soothing and hydrating: and if you’ve read any of my other articles, you’ll know I seek out soothing products that also hydrate to keep my skin calm. This is key if you use acids like I do and that’s what makes the Benton Aloe range particularly good!
Benton BHA Aloe Skin toner
Every time I use it, I’m surprised and delighted by the gloopy texture, even though it’s a toner. You’d think I’d remember, given how much I like thicker, spreadable textures for my watery steps!
It’s a little more viscous than the Pyunkang Yul essence toner, which is one of the thickest toners I’ve used. The Benton is still very easy to spread but sinks in well, I haven’t noticed any stickiness. Even when I apply too much, it dries nicely.
Aloe water is hydrating, as is glycerin and hyaluronic acid – all of these ingredients feature in the moisturiser too. The cream also has multiple types of hyaluronic acid, which is a bonus!
If you want to know more about why hyaluronic acid is great for your skin, check out this article.
For exfoliating, it has 0.5% salicylic acid, which is a low amount, ideally for daily maintenance to keep pores clear. It’s great for acne-prone skin, particularly if your skin is dehydrated, as it isn’t drying.
If you need to spot treat or get rid of closed comedones that sprout out out of nowhere – Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power liquid is a quick fix!
The Cosrx has a derivative, betaine salicylate, that is said to be equivalent to 2% salicylic acid, where as the Benton has 0.5% salicylic acid – so it’s a lower amount but it’s not a derivative.
In my usage, the Benton has proven to be a useful preventative daily exfoliant. I could use the Cosrx more often but it’s stronger and I use other products to increase the cell turnover in my skin. I want my skin to be in good condition, not irritated: so it’s well worth having a gentler daily exfoliant in my collection!
When I say “preventative”, I mean that using the Benton helps keep certain skin issues under control for me. It helps stop closed comedones popping up on my neck and chest, reduces the look of larger pores and helps with the sebceous filaments on my nose.
I’ve been testing quite a few products recently, so I’ve kept actives to a minimum to avoid complications. If you haven’t heard the term “active” before or you’d like more details, check out this article and I’ve also written about acids in detail here.
Although the Cosrx BHA isn’t drying for me, the Benton is seriously hydrating and it behaves like a product with no actives at all! I had no issues keeping my skin in check, despite not using the Cosrx BHA at all for a couple of weeks.
I can even use the Benton a few times a week on my neck. My neck often becomes irritated randomly: it needs all my most soothing products and I actually have a separate neck routine. It’s very nice to be able to use an acid more regularly: although the Cosrx BHA is gentle, I only use it on my neck to spot treat closed comedones.
On my face? Twice a day with no issues – I’m not recommending anyone does this, by the way, my face skin is pretty tolerant. I started really slow with acids and built up my usage until my skin became acclimatised.
If you’re new to acids and have sensitive skin, you might be better off starting with one of Cosrx daily acids, as they are very gentle. But I have to say, the Benton is an ideal daily BHA for me!
Benton Aloe Hyaluron cream
I wanted a super lightweight, soothing, lotion-type moisturiser that I could use as a first cream on my neck. The Benton is exactly what I was looking for and ticks all of those boxes!
Aloe is the key ingredient, as you’d expect – hydrating aloe water is supported glycerin and by multiple types of hyaluronic acid – whereas the toner has just one type. All of these ingredients together make this moisturiser very hydrating.
The Benton cream also has some of my favourite emollients: caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate. These moisturise and help improve your skin barrier, so you see in a lot of moisturisers for good reason.
I want a cream like this to deliver moisture to my skin, feel soothing and moisturise more deeply than my cream essences.
It’s a very lightweight cream, so it should be good for all skin types. It might be enough on its own for oily skin, combination skin may need something over the top and dry skin definitely will need something extra.
I have combination, aging skin so I will always need an extra moisturiser on top of this, like my favourite last step, Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Sleeping mask.
And if you have drier skin, including something with oil is a good idea. For me, I use Dr Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha essence daily on my neck, because it delivers oil in a delightful way that’s easy to use, as it absorbs well.
Compared to other K-Beauty moisturisers, the Benton cream has great ingredients but it’s definitely a bit more basic than some moisturisers. I have no issue with this because it’s also well priced.
Something like Mary & May Blackberry cream is higher in price because it’s a more complex formula with a ton of antioxidants and it’s more cosmetically elegant. However, I like to have both in my routine so I can get the benefits of each – I know, I know, my routine is a bit extra but it works for me, especially when the temperature drops!
The Benton Aloe range is good value, effective and easy to use (some of my favourite attributes in a product) – they fill vacant slots in my routine and help my skin function well!