Swanicoco is known for their natural biotechnology research and using natural and fermented extracts in their products. They have always been an intriguing brand to me that’s why I was so ecstatic when I learned that I got chosen to be part of the Swans2 Project. I’ve first seen them on Althea Korea but it looks like Althea doesn’t carry the brand anymore. You can check out their products on w2beauty.com, now beautytap.com, here.
I was sent some products from the A.C Control Care line which is formulated to control sebum, manage pores, soothe and smooth the skin. I’ll be reviewing the A.C Free A.C Control Care Skintoner on this blog post.
- Description: Tea tree leaf water and various herb extracts (jojoba seed, artemisia annua, calendula, and comfrey leaf) in the AC Control Care Skintoner help to soothe irritation and protect skin from harmful environmental factors. This Swanicoco toner also contains hydrolized algin, a submarine plant, which is chock full of mineral and fatty acids that gently exfoliates for smoother skin. Ceramide, another key ingredient, infuses the skin with long-lasting moisture that strengthens the skin’s elasticity. Living up to its name, this skintoner helps control easily irritated, sensitive skin and effectively controls sebum—it’s particularly recommended for teenagers or young adults with blemished, oily, and acne-prone skin. (from beautytap.com)
- Size: 120 ml
- Price: US$30.00 at beautytap.com.
- Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water – It helps clear pores, tighten skin and remove excess oil while maintaining moisture balance. It’s antibacterial properties also help treat and prevent acne.
- Hydrolyzed Algin – Helps to regulate sebum levels, inhibit acne and reduce irritation.
- Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract – Used in the management of acne and other skin conditions.
Complete List of Ingredients:
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Wate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Zinc Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Erythritol, Azelamide MEA, 4-Terpineol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Beta-Glucan, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Artemisia Annua Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polysorbate 80, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Arginine, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol
HOW TO USE:
After cleansing, pump a moderate amount into the palm of your hands and gently apply evenly over your face. Pat gently to promote full absorption.
Packaging: This used to be in a glass bottle with a pump and pump cap. It is now contained in a sleek and slender matte white plastic bottle with charcoal gray and green prints. The lightweight slim bottle makes it so easy to grip. The bottle cap snaps tightly into place and ensures that the pump is safe from being unintentionally pressed.
Inside is a shiny white pump. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to dispense just a tiny bit per pump, or if what I got is not functioning properly. I had to do multiple pumps to get the amount of skintoner I needed. I’m leaning towards the later, malfunctioning. Other than that, I’m loving this new packaging.
PACKAGING UPDATE: The more I used the product, the more regular (normal) the pump and it’s output became. I also noticed that twisting the pump a bit to one side or the other made a difference. So I guess the pump was not really malfunctioning, it just needed a little more loving.
Let’s not forget the box. On one corner of the box, there’s a mark with a note saying to cut along the line to see more information inside the box. So I had to do something that made me feel bad. I cut up the box. 😦
Scent and Texture: If my memory serves me right, this is the first time I used a product with Tea Tree Leaf Water as the top ingredient. I’m not familiar with the scent of Tea Tree but I guess it’s what I smell from the product. It’s mild, herbal and very soothing.
The fluid has a faint yellow color with a watery consistency. During application, particularly when I rub my fingers together with a drop of skintoner, it seems to have this very thin oil film feel that immediately disappears. It’s light and refreshing to use.
Application: I use this after first serum, and before essence.
During the first 2 weeks, I apply the skintoner with the help of a cotton pad. This is so that the cotton pad would help remove any remaining dirt or residue on my skin after cleansing. This is also to apply just a thin layer of product, because there are times that even after doing a patch test, my skin still reacts to a product when I start using it on my whole face. Which is exactly what happened this time. More on that later.
After wiping, I pat the product onto my skin for better absorption. It feels tacky at first but goes away after a few minutes. I wait for the product to get completely absorbed into the skin before I go the the next step of my skincare.
Results: I’ve been using this product for 3 weeks now. The Swanicoco A.C Control Care line is supposed to be for blemished, oily, acne-prone, but it broke me out on the 2nd night of using this. It was like an allergic reaction. Tiny itchy bumps and small pimples appeared all over my face. I forgot to take a photo though. Actually, I’m not exactly sure which broke me out, this, the emulsion or both. I had a feeling it was the emulsion so I stopped using that one for a couple of days, and continued with the skintoner.
I have not felt any stinging sensation or tightening feeling on the skin while using this. The product is quite moisturizing. It helped maintain oil-moisture balance and generally controls sebum.
I’m just not sure about the part where it treats and prevents acne. Though my skin has mostly recovered from the breakout 2 weeks ago, the ones on my forehead are still mostly there. I’m hoping that my skin just needs to get used to this product a little longer before it really gives me better results.
SKIN UPDATE (18 Dec 2017): Please check out my review of the Swanicoco A.C Free A.C Control Care Emulsion here for my skin’s progress on the initial reaction I’ve had with these 2 products.
OVERALL: It seems to clear my skin but cause new acne to pop up every now and then. If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest to do the patch test a bit longer or introduce the product really slowly into your routine.
I enjoyed using this and still believe that this is a great product. My skin seems to be adjusting slowly and the condition looks like it’s getting better after each week. I’m hopeful and plan to continue using it. I will post a skin update here if anything changes.
Product link – https://beautytap.com/product/a-c-control-care-skintoner/
Swanicoco Instagram page – https://www.instagram.com/swanicoco.en/
NOTE: This product was sent to me by May Kim of Swanicoco Nature Bio Cosmetics for review purposes in participation to Swans2. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by the brand.
Have you tried any Swanicoco products? I plan to review the Swanicoco A.C Free A.C Control Care Emulsion next. Will link it here once it’s posted.
Till next time! 🙂