Dear Klairs Daily Skin Hydrating Water & Softening Water Review + Comparison

February 12, 2020

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I'll be sharing my review of Dear Klairs' Daily Skin Hydrating Water & Softening Water.

I previously got both versions of their Daily Skin Toners, and I've been trying both of them out for the past few weeks. In this post I'll be sharing all about them, what their differences are + how they compare to my fave Supple Preparation toner from Klairs as well.

The Daily Skin Hydrating Water is a water-like toner that contains 45% green tea water, whose calming and antioxidizing effects effectively soothes the skin. It also contains Calendula and coconut palm to ensure in-depth hydration, and it can be used in any season on any skin type because of it's light, watery texture.

The Daily Skin Softening Water, on the other hand, is also water-like toner, but it focuses on exfoliating the skin without irritating it. Containing 45% cucumber water, 0.15% citric acid as well as sugarcane extract (a natural exfoliant), this toner has a dual-action where it exfoliates the skin and deeply hydrates it right after.

The main similarities between these toners are:
  • They both have a watery, non-viscous texture that does not feel sticky, so it can be layered
  • Suitable for daily use
  • Come in a huge bottle
The main differences on the other hand are:
  • Hydrating was made for light, refreshing moisture which soothes the skin, while Softening exfoliates and deeply moisturizes the skin. It boils down to whether or not you want to achieve: either fresh soothing or exfoliation + nourishment.
  • Hydrating has a pH of 6.7 ± 0.5 while Softening has a ph of 4.4 ± 0.5

This product comes in a huge 500ml bottle and costs USD27 (~RM111) on Wishtrend. You can also get both as a set for USD48.60 which is ~RM200.

The price to size ratio is so good that just that alone makes it worth purchasing in my opinion. That's one of the best price to size ratios I've come across in a long time, and I really like how Klairs keeps their prices affordable without compromising on their ingredients + their vegan and cruelty-free status.

When I first got the products, they came in individual boxes:

It's simple, but I like the natural, high-quality feel + all the attention to detail:

There's info on the boxes and bottles in English for convenience:

The bottles come with these cute tags when you first take them out of the box (which can be removed). You see what I mean about attention to detail?

The bottles themselves come with a big twist cap which I've found to be pretty secure:

Here's some more shots of the bottle:

The bottles themselves first come sealed, ensuring freshness:

Aside from the jumbo size of these toners, I like how they're transparent so you can see how much product you have left:

It's pretty easy to dispense, and I've had no problem with the packaging. I've mentioned here on my blog before how I prefer pour-type toners as I feel like they dispense toners the most effectively (compared to pumps).

As I mentioned above, both these toners are vegan and cruelty-free. They're both free from ethanol, silicones, steroids, artificial colouring and artificial fragrances as well.

Here's the Hydrating Water's ingredient list:

And here's the Softening Water's ingredient list:

As far as toners go, I would say both of their ingredient lists are quite minimal and don't contain that many ingredients. As you guys can see, both of them feature only EWG green-level ingredients, meaning they're very unlikely to cause any irritation.

For the Hydrating toner, it contains 45% green tea water (calming, antioxidizing effects, soothing), Calendula and coconut palm to ensure in-depth hydration. It also contains Panthenol to promote wound healing, as well as Butylene GlycolSodium PCA and Glycerin to powerfully moisturize the skin.

For the Softening one, it contains 45% cucumber water for hydration, as well as 0.15% citric acid and sugarcane extracts to exfoliate the skin. The citric acid also helps with anti-ageing, and this toner also contains Panthenol & Glycerin to help powerfully moisturize the skin.

Both of these toners are transparent in colour and have a thin, watery consistency.

Both have a very light (almost non-existent) scent, so I think a lot of people will enjoy the feel of using this toner.

I incorporate the Hydrating Water in my morning routine, while I incorporate the Softening water in my night routine. I do this just because I feel like my skin is better exfoliated at night, but you can totally use both toners for both day and night as well.

As I mentioned above, the price to size ratio will be enough to make anyone want to buy these toners to try. I think Klairs really wanted to create a product that could last in someone's routine for a long time + still cost affordable, and I think they definitely succeeded with these toners. Just a quick note, I think getting a jumbo-sized version of your fave product is a little more environmentally-conscious because you don't end up throwing your bottle and getting a new one every few months.

For the Hydrating Water, I think it's a good daily toner which will be very suitable for those living in hot, temperate countries. The texture is very light and refreshing, and it does hydrate the skin well without having to put on too much/leaving a residue. If you're someone who needs a daily toner which does basic hydrating, I would give this a go.

Is it the most hydrating toner I've tried? Definitely not. There are richer and more hydrating toners in the market. I think the main USP of this product is its' basic-ness and it's size + price point. If you don't want to spend on products that much throughout your year or are only starting out in skincare, I recommend this toner.

As for the Softening Water, you can feel a difference in softness. When I tried using both toners on either sides of my face to see a difference, I did notice that the side where I used this toner was softer and smoother. The thing is, it doesn't feel harsh at all, nor does it feel like it's doing any extreme exfoliation. It's not the softest my skin has felt as well, but compared to when I use the Hydrating Water, I definitely do feel that it does what it says and softens/gently exfoliates the skin.

It's not a bad hydrating toner as well, and it's comfy + light like the Hydrating Water. I didn't notice that big of a difference in terms of moisture, so if you're someone who does not mind the citric acid, definitely go for this one!

Compared to my fave toner from Klairs (the Unscented version of the Supple Preparation Toner), I would say that the Daily Toners are more for light/easy care, while the Supple Preparation is more for deep hydrating.

In terms of texture, the Daily Toners are much much lighter and runnier, and will absorb into your skin much faster:

All 3 toners did not break me out at all, and I think in the end, it just boils down to what you want it to do + your budget. All 3 toners worked great for me, and I would not mind repurchasing all 3.

100% yes!

And that's it for this post! Thanks for dropping by my blog, see ya next time!

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