NoTS (“Noble Through Skin”) is a luxury Korean skincare brand. I was sent the NoTS 28 Remedy Perfect Solution Set by Q-Depot, a Korean beauty distributor. The set contains a cleanser, toner, serum and cream, and is intended for sensitive and acne-prone skin. I tried out this set on my skin exclusively for two weeks.
NoTS 28 Remedy Acne Pore Cleanser claims to cleanse deeply while leaving the face bright and moisturised, soothe damaged skin and balance skin moisture. It’s advertised as a KFDA (Korean Food certified cleanser with clinical trials to back it up – back up what exactly, I’m not sure. It has a thick texture, and is quite thorough, but it left my face a bit squeaky – I’m not sure if it’s due to it stripping the oils from my skin, or if it’s leaving a squeaky residue (some cleansers do this on purpose since some people like the squeaky sensation). The pH of this cleanser is 7 which is on the higher side, but my skin didn’t feel overly dry or dehydrated after using it for two weeks, so it’s either not stripping, or the other products compensate for it!
Water, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Beeswax, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betula Alba Juice, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
NoTS 28 Remedy Balancing Toner is meant to hydrate, remove excess sebum, improve the complexion, slow the formation of wrinkles and heal pimples and pigmentation. It has niacinamide as one of the top ingredients, which can do all these things, but unfortunately it doesn’t say how much there is, so I’m not sure if there’s enough to be effective (from the ingredients list order, it looks like there is). There’s also adenosine, which is less well-studied, but it seems to have anti-irritant and wrinkle-reducing effects. There are also a whole bunch of botanical extracts in the ingredients which don’t have many/any good studies to back up their benefits, but there are probably some antioxidants in there too. I generally don’t use toners for actives, but it looks like this one could have beneficial effects. The texture is a watery gel which sinks in quickly. Its pH is around 5, so it would likely also help restore skin pH after the high pH cleanser.
Water, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alcohol, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Colloidal Sulfur, Melia Azadirachta Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, Human Oligopeptide-1, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Propylene Glycol