As a beauty blogger, I often get product samples to test. And like any first date, spark usually begins and ends within the first five seconds. You know you’ll like a product immediately or not on how it reacts to your skin. If it passes that test, perhaps you’ll go on a week-long date, uhm I mean, trial to see if you’re truly compatible. Sometimes, you realize it leads only to stress, red bumps, and a poor complexion. Then, there are times when it truly does match your expectations and sweeps you off your feet. And I’m referring to the product, not the person you dated. So does this product lead me to stress breakouts or it impressed me? Keep reading By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water review to know.

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What is it?

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a hydrating and nonirritating defoliant with pH4 that can be used daily. It’s an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone and texture while boosting the effectiveness of other products. It helps with pigmentation to improve the skin tone and texture. And as a mild exfoliator that works on the surface of the skin, safe to use even for sensitive skin to avoid the use of harsh chemical exfoliation. It’s also effective for acne due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties.

Key Ingredients

Mandelic Acid – When Wishtrend approached me if I like to review this product, I’m honestly not familiar with Mandelic Acid. So I did a little researched and learned that it’s also an AHA ingredient, but milder than the popular Glycolic Acid. So it’s nice for those with sensitive skin, plus it helps to improve pigmentation as well as to restore aged skin. It also has antibacterial properties that are effective for inflammatory acne.

Beta-Glucan – Moisturizing, redness reduction, anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.

Panthenol – Also known as vitamin B5, it acts as a humectant and moisturizer, improving the skin’s abilities to regenerate and to maintain hydration. It is also used to prevent inflammation and to prevent itching.

Centella Asiatica Extract – Helps regenerate damaged skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate – As a natural moisturizing factor, it attracts moisture and helps retain moisture within the skin, preventing dryness after exfoliation.


APPLICATION: Use this after cleansing your face but before applying a toner. Using a cotton pad, gently wipe and pat it all over your face. Limit the use of this product depending on your skin type. (For sensitive skin, we recommend 2-3 times a week). And it is highly recommended not to use this product with other facial scrubs, AHA/BHA, and Vitamin C products. Lastly, avoid using it around the eyes and don’t forget to use a sunblock in the morning especially when you use this in the morning. As I have mentioned in my blog many times, AHA sheds a layer of your skin, so you’ll be vulnerable to sunlight.

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PACKAGING: By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is packaged in a UV-sensitive bottle. Whenever I see a product packaged in a brown bottle like a beer, I know immediately that I should store it in a cool dry place away from the sunlight. And yes, this product should be stored like that. It may not win the best packaging award compared to other Korean Beauty brands, but it doesn’t look nor feel cheap. It’s really sturdy, plus I like that they put a little effort in the box. Look how minimalist and shiny it is!

SCENT: Before I used this, Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence was the only beauty product I know that is literally scentless. Other products that are labeled “fragrance-free” doesn’t always mean “free of fragrance” but this product is effectively scentless!

DISCLAIMER: This is not my first time using an AHA product, so I don’t feel any sting especially when it’s just a mild AHA. But some people may experience some sting in their first use.

RESULTS: As I mentioned in the intro, you’ll know in the first five seconds if you’ll like the product or not. And I say, I like By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water the moment I gently applied it to my face. It was gentle, no scent and no sting. But even though it was love at first sight, I was still doubtful if it will really improve anything in the long run. But I added it to my skincare routine anyway, between cleansing and serum. I know the instructions say I should use it before a toner, but I skip it whenever I’m using this product. And after 11 days of using this product, I saw some of my dark spots lightened while some small pimples on my right cheek disappeared. The after-photo was actually taken just today!

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PROS: It’s a gentle yet an effective exfoliator that also enhances the effectiveness of the products in your skincare routine. It also has a moisturizing effect so your skin will not end up dry, and it also has an anti-bacterial effect to combat the acne.

CONS: As much as I love that it is scentless and colorless, sometimes it could be a bad thing because you have no idea how much you’ve already been using. Especially that this is an AHA product, you definitely don’t want to overuse it.

Will I buy it? I’ve been only using this for only 11 days, and so far I like the results. But I want to continue using this for a month before I could decide. But I know some people who like the Pixi Glow Tonic but couldn’t really use it because their skin gets irritated, I think this product is a nice alternative.

Where to Buy?

You can buy By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water for $22 exclusively in Wishtrend. But right now you can get it 15% off, so it’s only $18.70. Not sure how long the promo will last but surely, Wishtrend ships worldwide, and you can get free shipping when you order over $69.

PROMO: Use the code WISH3AUG to save $3 on your purchase at without any minimum order!

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**I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the brand or its affiliates.