This has such a great texture – thinner products don’t usually feel very comforting and can be a bit messy to apply if they’re very watery.
A toner that’s a thicker than average is great! I really like the Pyunkang Yul essence toner, which I’ve reviewed here. The Pyunkang Yul is a nice product and very soothing but when it’s a bit colder, a slightly more moisturising toner is a real win – it adds light emollients and therefore helps improve the condition of my skin.
It’s more hydrating but it definitely moisturises lightly: exactly the what I want from a moisturising toner. The balance of ingredients is just right.
There’s classic hydrators (glycerin and hyaluronic acid) and light moisturising ingredients (ceramides, rice extract, soy milk and the various ones that have “caprol” and “capric”). If you haven’t already read about this ingredients, you can find details about hyaluronic acid, ceramides and rice extract by clicking on the ingredients.
If you need a product to support your barrier building routine that is an effective hydrator, and a good (non-exfoliating) toner should always hydrate, this is the one!
Now, there’s quite a few moisturising toners stocked at UNBLEMISH that I want to try but haven’t yet, including long-standing staples from Innisfree and Etude House, as well as newer products from Isntree and Mixsoon.
But I couldn’t resist ordering this one as soon as it was available because I’ve been wanting to try it for ages!
The Goodal ingredients look like a winning combination for me: the hydration plus moisturising effects is excellent.
My skin often needs a pick-me-up to counteract the acids I use and a moisturising toner is the perfect way to start replenishing my skin. Otherwise I have to wait until I get to Dr Ceuracle Kombucha tea essence or Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water essence before I can get some key moisturising ingredients onto my skin, which makes me an unhappy camper.
And you want to make sure you’re going from thin to thick and watery to oily, in an ideal world, so it wouldn’t really make sense for me to apply either of those products before, say, my Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence serum.
Whilst a moisturising toner is an essential part of my routine but I don’t want it to either feel or be oily – that will stop my other products from layering correctly. I can’t have a product messing with my snail slime – that would quickly consign it to the Skincare Hall of Fails (the bin)!
But yes, all that is to say the Goodal toner performs in exactly the way you need it to: delivering hydration, a little moisturising to soothe irritable skin and with the cosmetic elegance I’ve come to expect from K-Beauty.
Last but not least, the amazing 250ml size is very refreshing. Even the classic 150ml toner size means I tend to run out quite quickly, so a 250ml bottle is most welcome. I might have a bit of a toner problem!
This is really similar Etude House Soon Jung Hydro Barrier cream but with a little more structure: and that’s something I appreciate.
I really like the Hydro Barrier as a middle moisturiser: I tend to use it with the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion and then an occlusive on top. Goodal is like the Hydro Barrier cream’s older sister: protective but loving, so I don’t actually need the Etude House products with the Goodal and I can skip straight to my occlusive.
Like the toner, you’ve got a balanced blend of hydrating and moisturising ingredients, with the emphasis more on the moisturising side, of course. The toner is, as you’d expect, more hydrating than moisturising, whilst still being soothing and softening.
In addition to the toner ingredients (as both products share key things like soy milk, ceramide and rice extract), there is rice bran oil and silicone to lock that moisture into your skin – which is, as well as softening, the main reason anyone uses a moisturiser.
Of course, there’s more emollients in larger quantities in the Goodal moisturiser, compared to the toner, which is how it should be! I don’t want my toner to stop my other products from absorbing and, as I said, the toner thankfully avoids that through it’s excellent formulation.
This cream is super soothing to apply – cream is absolutely the best word for it. Some moisturisers are more solid with a whipped or even firm texture. However, something the texture of thick cream is wonderful because it has a uniquely soothing feel as you apply it.
And I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, if you’ve read any of my other reviews, that I appreciate products that will deliver an immediate soothing effect as well as longer soothing effects from the ingredients.
I love the Etude House moisturisers but I think the Goodal is more impressive.
The Etude House is great for oily skin, because the ones I’ve tried are so light. They’re also great for very sensitive skin, because they have inoffensive, classic Ingredient lists without too many extracts. Although I think the Goodal
Unless you have very oily skin, the Goodal might well work out for you. Even in summer, I think the Goodal would be suitable as a PM moisturiser.
It’s on the lightweight end of the moisturiser scale but it’s also got some occlusive ingredients too, making it a great nourishing moisturiser for spring, perhaps with something that has some oil if you have drier skin – like the Dr Ceuracle or Isntree essences I mentioned above.
I like to use it with Illiyoon ATO Ceramide Concentrate cream right now because my neck is very dry. I don’t think that level of moisturising is necessary for everyone!
Two winning products from Goodal – definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to get a significant dose of hydration as well as great barrier repair ingredients.