Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner Review
This post contains affiliate links. Product won in a giveaway.
Every so often, a product goes viral and it seems like everyone is talking about it - bloggers, youtubers, and the skincare community in general. I am always skeptical - is it hype and carefully directed marketing efforts, or is the item really that good? One of those products is Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner. I finally got a chance to try it out for myself and see what all the fuss is about.
I won the toner through Picky (highly recommend that app. Sign up here using invitation code 982961C6). It’s also available on YesStyle (save extra with reward code KBHOBBIT), Amazon, eBay, Olive Young, Jolse, and iHerb (save with code CWN6107).
Something called a “miracle” toner definitely sounds promising. Here are some marketing highlights about what it is supposed to do:
Shrink pore size
Sweep away dead skin cells
Work miracles on the skin in just 30 days
Suitable for all skin types
Let’s unpack those claims a bit. Skincare enthusiasts already know that pores don’t shrink (or open / close), but a good product, especially with BHA, can make them appear smaller. For me, appearance matters more than the actual true size of the pore. So, I’m ok with the concept, even if it could have been worded better.
It makes sense that an exfoliator with AHA, BHA and PHA will help get rid of dead skin cells and also control sebum production - no problem with that claim. As far as working a miracle in 30 days - hmm, there are no miracles. And I caution you against jumping into an exfoliator with daily use. Starting slowly and working up the frequency (or stopping at 2-3 times a week like I did) is a gentler way and would help avoid irritation.
Suitable for all skin types? Probably not. I would say that the most sensitive people should patch test, especially since the toner contains peppermint oil, which can be irritating to some. I have an issue with brands marketing products to sensitive folks and then packing them full of essential oils. Sure, an experienced consumer will see right through it. But some people are just getting started and it would be nice to be able to trust the label instead of combing through the ingredients list every time - the ingredients are provided for your review at the end of the post.
How to use:
Apply to cotton pad and wipe over the face after cleansing
Follow with the rest of your routine
It can also be used for a DIY sheet mask - soak cotton pads in the solution and apply to congested areas for 1-3 minutes, then wipe off gently
I simply use my hands to pat in the toner like I would any other one. I find that wiping with cotton pads adds unnecessary friction.
The consistency is thin and watery, not at all sticky. The toner smells like peppermint, which I find pleasant but a bit strong.
This isn’t a bad product, but to me it’s overhyped. I like the texture and even the scent, and my combination skin does well with the toner. I notice smaller looking, more clear pores, and overall softer and smoother skin. I was careful introducing this to my routine, and eventually worked up to using it 2-3 times a week in the evenings. I don’t need it more often than that, but I have seen people who enjoy this daily.
I can’t say the results are miraculous, and I honestly prefer the Glow Recipe Watermelon Toner for my AHA / BHA product. It has a nicer scent and texture and doesn’t have so many people say it ruins their skin.
At the end of the day, Some By Mi may be worth a try if your skin is oily but not super sensitive. And you may fall in love. Just start by slowly “dating” the product first, a few times a week, before you jump into a full daily commitment.
Have you tried the Miracle Toner? What did you think?
Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract (10000ppm), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Flower Extract, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructan, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Xylitol, Salicylic Acid (100ppm), Lactobionic Acid (100ppm), Citric Acid (500ppm), Sodium Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil