Beauty, Skin Care

[REVIEW] Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner, The Korean Herbal Skincare


Hi guys, how’s your first week in 2018?  Do you make a real action for your resolution?  As we know precisely, resolution is just a resolution after all 🙂 , that’s why I don’t make any.

But I do have some planning, and one of them is I want to write this blog with English, as many as possible.  While most of my readers come from Indonesia, about 10-20% are abroad; once I ever got a message via Facebook from Philipina asking about what I had written in my post.   So I’m thinking, “Wow, I have to do more than posting in Bahasa!”

Well, for short lets take a look another skincare I adore from Pyunkang Yul!

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner 

From what I had read from their official website, Pyunkang Yul is a gentle skincare brand that was developed by a traditional Korean medicine clinic called Pyunkang Korean Medicine Hospital or Pyunkang Medical Clinic.  So, most of their products contain ingredients from Korean (actually it is similar to Chinese   traditional medicine) herbal medicine.

I don’t know if Pyunkang Yul is cruelty free or not, they aren’t on KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates)’s white list yet.  As I do a little investigation whether Pyunkang Yul is sold in mainland China or not, I didn’t find any trace.  I assume that this product is not sold in China, and may not be testing on animals.


Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Hydroxyethycellulose, Carbomer, Arginine

How To Use

Dampen a cotton ball with toner and wipe with it to face.


What You Should Know About The Ingredients

It is claimed that Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner contains 91.3% Milk Vetch Root Extract (aka Astragalus membranaceus) to re-energize and replenish your skin. I don’t pretend I really understand the journals I’ve found so far, but here are the conclusions I’ve got about Astragalus membranaceus (AS):

  1. Astragalus membranaceus  (AS) contains polysaccharides to help for skin protecting and/or UV-absorbing compounds which may have potential in protecting against solar-induced skin damage.  Initial experiments were conducted using human fetal lung fibroblasts derived from 14 weeks old male’s normal lung tissue.  Its conclusion is while Astragalus may be effective against UVA exposure, the capacity to indunce UVA damage cannot be ignored [1].
  2. Experiment on mice was done and the result is that AS may increase  the content of hyaluronic acid and the cellular expression of telomerase reverse transciptase; for short it contains with antioxidant enzymes [2].
  3.  AS, as a herbal medicine can treat inflammatory diseases, and also merit consideration as leads for anti-inflammatory agents. The research is not done in vitro, only research-related extracts are generated. So far there have been studies that are related to the role of the AS as an antitumor and cardioprotection, it’s just that I have not found evidence related to anti-inflammatory research when using topical AS-containing products [3].
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Short Conclusions

It can act as an anti-inflammatory agents (but still does not clear when it applies in topical) way , contains antioxidant that can help with antiaging.  But when Astragalus membranaceus compared with Althea officinalis or marshmallow plant, UVA’s induced impact is unavoidable, so Astragalus membranaceus has not been shown to be able to resist UVA.

What This Product Tell Us 

One thing i like from this essence toner, its pH corresponds to the pH of the skin, between 4-5! The texture is somewhat thicker than regular toner, but it’s still quite liquid so in seconds, this toner is instantly absorbed into the skin.

Although it does not contain hyaluronic acid or HA, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is good enough to hydrate the skin. At least for seborrheic dermatitis, this product is safe to use. This proved last month, when the weather suddenly very humid in Bandung. Usually my skin will be cracky and problematic immediately, but when using this for a month, my skin is just fine.

Just for your info, this product contains silicon with the name Bis-PEG18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane. This is what causes the skin to be smooth and soft.  1,2-hexanediol is a very useful humectan  when bonding with silicone products; it serves to minimize the possibility of skin irritation, so this essence toner can be used for sensitive skin. I have no problem with silicon, so for me this product could be a substitute for COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence.     It is cheaper, because I got 200 ml Pyunkang Yul for 160k while COSRX Hyaluronic Acid is only 100ml and it cost min 200k!

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While I have not found any evidence that Astragalus membranaceus is well applied topical, my acne scars are fading fast enough. Even the active acne disappears a little faster than normal. Maybe this is also the effect because I also apply  Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream at the end of the layering, thus speeding the healing of acne.


I saw Instagram story Liah Yoo and Beauty Unplugged stating that Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is not suitable for their skin. Pyunkang Yul causes dehydration. Instagram story I see in early January 2018; winter is still ongoing.

This makes me look for information whether there are many who complain with this product. After reading Reddit (I forgot the name of the thread I read), Pyunkang Yul was produced for use in humid environment. So far, no problem at all when I wear it. I have skin disorder, and I think this product is gentle enough to be applied.

The decision to buy depends on you!


The price is quite affordable for a toner. While other products are rather expensive. I purchased this for Rp 165,000 at Onnie Beauty Tokopedia in November 2017. Prices may differ.

Will I Repurchase?

I LOVE IT!  This is gonna be my holy grail toner and I won’t change it at all.




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  • Reply Fitri

    Jadi ini fungsinya sebagai tonner ya? Setelah double cleansing?

    Januari 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Azzahra R Kamila

    Iya, ini toner. Namany memang agak menipu ya, essence toner, mungkin karena teksturnya agak beda sama toner biasa 🙂

    Januari 8, 2018 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Mei Mei

    halo apakah produk ini aman buat ibu hamil?

    Februari 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    • Reply Azzahra R Kamila

      Halo, saya sudah baca Reddit, dan ada ulasan topik terkait ini. Sebagian besar produk Pyunkang Yul dibuat dari tanaman herbal, essence toner termasuk salah satunya. Setelah memeriksa bahan-bahannya, cukup aman kok, dan sebetulnya tidak akan terserap ke pembuluh darah. Aman buat bayi 🙂

      Februari 2, 2018 at 9:29 am
  • Reply kasita ariyanti

    hello ada info ga ya? untuk skincare yg mengandung silicone halal ga? thanks! your review helped alot

    Agustus 1, 2018 at 10:53 am
    • Reply Azzahra R Kamila

      Silicone setahuku diproduksi secara sintetis, jadi insya Allah halal

      Agustus 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

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