MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review + 10% Off

MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review + 10% Off

I was first intro­duced to MUN in 2013, and I wrote my review of the now-renowned skin sav­ior known as MUN No.1 Aknari Bright­en­ing Youth Serum (for­mer­ly labelled Night­time Dream Youth Serum) back in May 2013. My love of MUN has held steady the­se last two years, as its proven itself over and over again as the ulti­mate super­pow­er in face oils.

Even peo­ple who have had the worst expe­ri­ences with face oils will buy MUN Aknari in trep­i­da­tion, then email me two weeks lat­er enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly exclaim­ing how their skin is now clear/plump/brighter/smooth/you name it.

It’s just one of those prod­ucts that if it ever ceased to exist, there would be a lot – and I mean kilo­liters – of tears.

Kristin Wiig Tears

When Mune­mi Imai, the beau­ty and brain behind MUN, told me of her plan last sum­mer to launch a ton­er, I imme­di­ate­ly knew it would be a stun­ner like its big sis­ter. And let’s put it this way: I was sent a bot­tle for review and have since bought two more. Keep read­ing for all the details!

MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review

Years ago, I was not a fan of ton­ers.

I didn’t see the point. They dried out the skin, they were a tremen­dous waste of cot­ton balls, and they seemed like just anoth­er way to extract a few dol­lars from our pock­ets.

I have since changed my mind. A real ton­er is meant to bal­ance the pH of the skin, and work in tandem with your nat­u­ral skin bar­ri­er to keep your skin smooth, hydrat­ed, and free of infec­tion and acne. A prop­er­ly for­mu­lat­ed ton­er is worth its weight in gold.

The basic idea is that our skin is nat­u­ral­ly acidic, and cleans­ing (even though nec­es­sary, espe­cial­ly in pol­lut­ed envi­ron­ments) alka­lizes our skin, giv­ing way to that “stripped” feel­ing every­one talks about and result­ing in some com­bi­na­tion of the fol­low­ing issues: dry patch­es, flakes, tight­ness, post-wash­ing oili­ness, and smat­ter­ings of blem­ish­es. The two biggest “secrets” to pre­vent­ing this fall­out is to use a more acidic face wash (between pH 4.5 and 6, ide­al­ly noth­ing above a neu­tral pH 7.0) and use a prop­er­ly for­mu­lat­ed ton­er post-cleans­ing. That’s where MUN saves the day yet again…

Benefits & Experience

Ton­ers are sup­posed to be on the acidic side (between pH 3 and 5) in order to help bring the skin back to its nat­u­ral, healthy, acidic state (healthy skin is about pH 4 to 5.5). MUN Anarose is per­fect­ly acidic at pH 4.5 but don’t be fooled – there’s no burn­ing at all. In fact, it is instant­ly sooth­ing and encour­ages the skin bar­ri­er to repair and main­tain itself prop­er­ly, which pre­vents dry skin, dry patch­es, rough­ness, red­ness, and blem­ish­es.

MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review

I love the sooth­ing and hydrat­ing abil­i­ties of this con­cen­trat­ed ton­er and I notice a big dif­fer­ence in the hydra­tion lev­el of my skin – dehy­dra­tion lines are nowhere to be found, oil pro­duc­tion slows, and my fol­low-up skin care prod­ucts like face oil or mois­tur­iz­er sink in much faster. The tex­ture is watery, not arti­fi­cial­ly thick­ened with sil­i­cones and poly­mers. It has the del­i­cate flo­ral scent of rose­wa­ter which dis­si­pates a few min­utes after apply­ing.

How I Use It

First I dou­ble cleanse (first with an oil or cream cleanser, fol­lowed by a gel or foam cleanser) and gen­tly pat dry. I then pour a few drops of MUN Anarose (I’m care­ful to pour slow­ly, it’s very watery) in the palm of my hand, press my palms togeth­er, then press my ton­er-soaked palms onto my cheeks, fore­head, nose, and chin to dis­trib­ute the ton­er. I don’t like using cot­ton pads with ton­ers because the cot­ton soaks it up and I would rather my skin do the soak­ing (the only excep­tion I make is a Chizu Saeki lotion mask).

My skin looks and feels instant­ly radi­ant, healthy, soothed, and hydrat­ed. I imme­di­ate­ly apply my serum and mois­tur­iz­er. You don’t have to wait for the ton­er to dry. I like to apply a drop or two of MUN Aknari all over my face while my ton­er is still a bit damp on my face. Try it that way and you’ll notice even more star­tling results.

Full Ingredients List

De-ion­ized Water, Rose Hydrosol* (Rose Water), Aloe Bar­baden­sis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Mal­todex­trin, Opun­tia Ficus-Indi­ca (Prick­ly Pear) Stem Extract, Lyci­um Bar­barum Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Hyaluron­ic Acid, Sal­ix Alba (Wil­low) Bark Extract*, Rosa Cen­tifo­lia Flow­er Extract, Jas­minum Offic­i­nale (Jas­mine) Flow­er Extract, Bel­lis Peren­nis (Daisy) Flow­er Extract, Xan­than Gum, Veg­etable Glyc­er­in, Dehy­droacetic Acid, Ben­zyl Alco­hol.

100% Nat­u­ral. 92.5% organ­i­cal­ly derived. Veg­an. *Cer­ti­fied Organ­ic.

Ingredient Highlights

MUN is known for its qual­i­ty for­mu­la­tions using the exper­tise of a cer­ti­fied lab in con­junc­tion with its supe­ri­or sourcing of high qual­i­ty, organ­ic ingre­di­ents direct­ly from Moroc­co and Bul­gar­ia. Below are some high­lights from the stel­lar ingre­di­ents list.

Rose Hydrosol (Rose Water)

Rose hydrosol as the sec­ond ingre­di­ent, mean­ing it takes up a high per­cent­age of the for­mu­la­tion. In this case, the ingre­di­ent is derived from fresh rose blos­soms hand-har­vest­ed from Val­ley of the Ros­es in Bul­gar­ia, where they are steam dis­tilled to make a con­cen­trat­ed hydrosol. Not all hydrosols are cre­at­ed equal – in order to cut expens­es, many man­u­fac­tur­ers dilute their extracts and dis­til­la­tions with water or syn­thet­ic essen­tial oils (this is bad because they can con­tain harm­ful byprod­ucts and don’t have the ben­e­fits of the orig­i­nal essen­tial oil) to lend a stronger rose-like scent that masks low­er qual­i­ty or heavy dilu­tion. Qual­i­ty rose hydrosol like this con­tains beta carotene and pos­sess­es antibac­te­ri­al activ­i­ty, great for those with acne and rosacea.

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice

This is a clas­sic wound heal­er, most com­mon­ly used for the treat­ment of sun­burns (who hasn’t seen those giant tubs of green-dyed goop in stores?). What is per­haps less com­mon­ly known is that aloe vera increas­es skin hydra­tion, reduces water loss, and helps main­tain the integri­ty of the skin bar­ri­er, which is essen­tial for every­one, espe­cial­ly those with dry skin, dry patch­es, or acne.

Maltodextrin

A safe, non-tox­ic poly­sac­cha­ride (car­bo­hy­drate) derived from starch that helps to sta­bi­lize skin care for­mu­la­tions. In a study in 2000, mal­todex­trin was found to enhance anti-aging activ­i­ty of weak acids and reduce skin irri­ta­tion asso­ci­at­ed with their use.

Prickly Pear Stem Extract (Opuntia Ficus-Indica)

Prick­ly pear is a pow­er­ful anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, and has long been con­sumed for its nutri­tion­al val­ue and anti-aging abil­i­ties.

Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum)

Goji berry has the incred­i­ble abil­i­ty to pro­tect the skin from UV dam­age and increase the skin’s super­ox­ide dis­mu­tase activ­i­ty, reduc­ing free rad­i­cal dam­age and keep­ing the skin youth­ful, firm, and resilient. Fun fact: super­ox­ide dis­mu­tase plays a key antiox­i­dant role in the body, pre­vent­ing oxida­tive stress and even play­ing a role in longevi­ty. Sign me up!

Dehydroacetic Acid & Benzyl Alcohol

The­se two ingre­di­ents might sound scary, but they are not. They are both nat­u­ral­ly derived and syn­the­sized preser­v­a­tives that are safe and non­tox­ic. Don’t be scared of the word syn­the­sized, either – rose hydrosol is syn­the­sized from ros­es and water, tea is syn­the­sized from boil­ing water and the leaves/stems/etc. of a plant. Both have been approved for top­i­cal and inter­nal use by the FDA, ECOCERT, NSF, and Whole Foods. You might have seen that ben­zyl alco­hol is rat­ed 5 from the EWG as a con­tact aller­gen, yet it’s impor­tant to read the details…it is rat­ed a 5 at lev­els near­ly 10 times high­er than is used in cos­met­ic for­mu­la­tions. Keep in mind that some per­son­al care prod­ucts use ben­zyl alco­hol in the 5% range of a for­mu­la­tion and they are still test­ed safe and non-irri­tat­ing. MUN Anarose con­tains less than 0.5%. Sev­er­al years ago, I used to believe that nat­u­ral meant safe and syn­thet­ic equat­ed to bad, but this is not the case at all. Remem­ber that just because some­thing is nat­u­ral does not auto­mat­i­cal­ly make it safe (poi­son ivy, arsenic, potas­si­um-40 any­one?), and just because some­thing is chem­i­cal­ly syn­the­sized or derived does not make it harm­ful (peni­cillin and insulin for exam­ple).

Hyaluronic Acid

This ingre­di­ent occurs nat­u­ral­ly in our bod­ies, and keeps skin plump, firm, and hydrat­ed because of its incred­i­ble mois­ture-bind­ing abil­i­ties. In fact, it’s one of the main rea­sons baby’s have such plump, beau­ti­ful­ly tex­tured skin. I make sure to use at least one or two hyaluron­ic acid-con­tain­ing pro­duct per day in order to increas­es my skin’s hydra­tion (which pro­tects again­st fine lines and blem­ish­es) and also pro­tect again­st free rad­i­cal dam­age (which pre­vents signs of aging).

So does their list of pro­duct claims match up to my expe­ri­ence and results?

* Hydrates skin with an all-day effect. Yes! And it works beau­ti­ful­ly with any facial oil or mois­tur­iz­er.
* Soft­ens and mois­tur­izes skin. Yep, and it makes a big dif­fer­ence in how well my serum(s) and mois­tur­iz­er sink in.
* Refresh­es skin, giv­ing it a nat­u­ral glow. Yes, my skin felt instant­ly calm and cool after apply­ing.
* Soothes, smoothes and com­forts areas prone to dry­ness and fine lines. Def­i­nite­ly.
* Helps enhance per­for­mance of mois­tur­iz­ers and anti-aging treat­ments. Yes (see above).
* De-pol­lutes and pro­tects again­st envi­ron­men­tal dam­age. This is backed by sci­en­tific data on the ingre­di­ents, so yes.
* Achieves opti­mum results when used with No. 1 Aknari Bright­en­ing Youth Serum. Yes (see above).

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MUN No. 11 Anarose is $68 for 3.38 oz./100 ml and lasts me about 3 months of twice dai­ly use. It’s trav­el-friend­ly and I bring it in my car­ry-on lug­gage. MUN has gra­cious­ly given a spe­cial code just for Epic Beau­ty Guide read­ers.  Go to munskin.com and enter code epicbeau­ty­mun at check­out for 10% off and free ship­ping any­where in the USA

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Have you tried MUN Anarose yet? Let me know if you have and your thoughts on it!
~Steph  x

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