Long before skincare products were available to buy in shops, the tasty natural oils that add a delicious flavour and aroma to every meal doubled up as nourishing toners, serums and moisturizers for the skin. While the Italians favoured olive oil and Moroccan women turned to argan oil, their Korean counterparts slathered themselves in camellia oil from head to toe to keep their bodies silky smooth, their hair untangled and glowing and their faces free from wrinkles.
The popularity of camellia oil in Eastern skincare is due to its extremely lightweight but intensely moisturizing texture that plumps up wrinkles, smoothens the complexion and softens skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. On top of it, camellia oil has powerful anti-aging properties that fight wrinkles on three different fronts: its high antioxidant content, which includes vitamin E and quercetin, destroys free radicals; its anti-inflammatory action soothes irritations; finally, its ability to boost collagen keeps skin firm.
I am continuing this old Korean skincare tradition with the new Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Essence Toner, a hydrating toner that’s rich in camellia oil and several other botanical extracts, including skin-brightening licorice, soothing aloe vera and sun damage fighter green tea. Like this weren’t enough, the toner contains a generous dose of niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that benefits skin in several different ways: it hydrates skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, soothes irritations and rosacea and even treats acne.
As I pour a few drops onto the palm of my hand, my nose is greeted by the subtle and feminine scent of jasmine – a small touch that makes application more pleasant. The toner itself is so lightweight, it sinks into my skin immediately, replenishing it with the moisture it had lots during the cleansing process. In addition, the oils in the formula create a barrier on the skin that keeps this added moisture in and protects it from environmental damage and any other external agents, such as germs and bacteria, that could irritate it.
Because it is so hydrating, after application my skin feels a little softer to the touch and is plumper than before, which inevitably helps mask my fine lines, making them look smaller. I’ve also noticed this toner helps soothe irritations, which is why I love to use it whenever my skin becomes a little red. When I wake up the next morning, the redness has vanished, replaced with a healthy, dewy glow.
Skincare has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last few years, but I’m a firm believer that traditional oils still deserve a place of pride in your skincare cabinet.
Summary: Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Essence Toner hydrates skin, protects it from pollution and gives it a radiant glow.
Claims: This toner provides 24-hour moisture & an antioxidant protective layer from the harsh stressors of the environment to preserve a constantly hydrated glow.
Ingredients: Camellia Japonica Flower Extract(82.82%), Pentylene Glycol(EcoCert®, Natural Origin), Glycerin, Propanediol(EcoCert®, Natural Origin), Niacinamide, Water, Akebia Quinata Extract, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Xanthan Gum, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Sorbitol, Adenosine, Sorbitan Caprylate, Arginine, Opuntia Ficus-Indica fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Trehalose, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Levulinic Acid, Bioflavonoids, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Fragrance
Where to buy: Cult Beauty