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Pyunkang Yul: Toners

By Kate Limond
16/02/2023 | Read time: 5m

Pyunkang Yul is a great brand for anyone who wants soothing products that will work especially well for sensitive skin.

Why Pyunkang Yul?

I’d read reviews of Pyunkang Yul and I liked the idea that their Essence Toner is thicker than the average toner. If you’ve read some of my reviews, you might have seen that I prefer thicker products to thin, watery ones.

There’s a few reasons for this: I’m a bit clumsy and end up spilling watery products, plus I find a thicker texture is more comforting for my skin.

The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner was my first product from this brand: I have been very happy with it and I’ve ordered replacements a few times, which is unusual for me, as I like to try new toners!

Pyunkang Yul have a great range of products with different lengths of ingredient list there’s a choice of more simple formulations through to more complex, although all of them are designed for sensitive skin. The toners, serum and gel cream have decidedly short ingredient lists, whereas the other creams (moisture, nutrition and intensive) are more nourishing without being over-complicated.

Lots of Korean products are formulated with many beneficial ingredients, which is great for getting multiple benefits from your products – but it’s not so great if you have easily irritated your skin.

Pyunkang Yul is perfect for people with sensitive or irritated skin, as they’re designed to be very gentle. The stripped back formulas of the toners also contain large amounts of one specific extract so you don’t have to lose out on beneficial ingredients.

Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner

Texture

The mist texture is great – it’s light and feels cooling as well as hydrating. The spray leaves something to be desired, compared to the Mary & May Rose Collagen Mist serum, which is finer and less forceful. The Mary & May produces a cloud-like mist, the Pyunkang Yul sprays large droplets.

However, I don’t really mind it’s inelegant spray mechanism, I use this to get moisture on my skin as fast possible and it delivers on this!

Ingredients

I’ve written about hyaluronic acid many times now: it’s super hydrating and this mist includes it.

But the real star here is the coptis japonica extract: “the plant is used traditionally in East Asia for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial abilities.”

It’s suitable for all skin types, but of the two Pyunkang Yul toners I’m discussing here, this might be the better one if you’re acne-prone.

Experience

This will be a relatively short section because what I’m looking for with this is that it delivers a burst of hydration, which is does!

I find it cooling and soothing – this is handy in a mist format because it applies easily and it quickly calms my skin.

It’s useful as a first step to get the hydration process started, if I’m not using a first essence but I’ll happily apply it over a first essence! Because it’s so thin, it’s also great to rehydrate between layers if I’ve been a bit slow with my routine and I’m applying something thicker that might not spread as well on less damp skin.

I’ve purchased a couple of these now because it’s just useful to have to hand. It’s one I like to have around generally but it’s especially nice in summer.

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Texture

Ooh it’s thick – the name “essence toner” is so right! It’s spreadable and applies very easily but it’s definitely a thicker toner.

If you notice that liquidy products tend to run out of your hand (and you find that annoying), you’ll prefer this because it has such a great texture.

Ingredients

Some people find they don’t get on with hyaluronic acid: it is everywhere and in virtually every step, too. If this is your experience, you might struggle to find hydrating products.

However, the essence toner doesn’t have any hyaluronic acid so it’s ideal for anyone with a sensitivity to it. But it’s also ideal for absolutely anyone, in my opinion!

Astragalus membranaceus extract is an antioxidant with anti-aging and hydrating effects so it’s a good thing to have as the main ingredient. Admittedly, I mainly use this because of how hydrating this is but I can’t argue with an extract that had anti-aging benefits.

Experience

I find when I apply some toners I know they’ll hydrate my skin because I’ve checked the ingredient list. They may even feel hydrating as I apply a (generous) layer.

But the Pyunkang Yul is different – it immediately cools and soothes my skin. Sure, it feels instantly hydrating but that initial feeling is replaced by deeper hydration. This aspect is harder to describe – I mean, how does something feel more deeply hydrating?

I think it’s because even as the essence toner dries, it doesn’t seem to merely evaporate. It envelops my skin in a cushiony layer of hydration and comfort.

I use this as my last toner and I find myself impatient to apply it! I want that cushiony feeling right away – but in case you haven’t guessed, I have a big skincare collection and I use a lot of products in each routine. I don’t advocate this as an ideal, it’s just what works for my skin and makes me happy!

Some of my first layers after cleansing are about addressing my skin concerns – like a first treatment essence such as Missha or single extract product like Mixsoon. Those always go first (and need to in my opinion) but I’m always longing for the point where I can get that cushiony cocoon with the Pyunkang Yul essence toner.

With the essence toner, it’s a different soothing feeling to my soothing serums. The Mary & May Centella Asiatica serum and the Axis-Y Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier ampoule, which I’ve written about here and here, are definitely important in keeping my irritable neck happy. But they don’t feel refreshing and immediately soothing like the Pyunkang Yul does.

All in all, this is one of my favourite toners and it’s one of the toners I’ve been using the longest. As I said, I don’t often repurchase toners but I’ve ordered both of these Pyunkang Yul toners several times.

Final Word

These Pyunkang Yul toners are both great products that do an excellent job and have a lovely user experience. I’m keen to try the Pyunkang Yul Moisture serum next!