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Trash or Splash: Alya Skin Pore Perfecting Elixir


Collage of Alya Skin Pore Perfecting Elixir, with an image of Sally holding a bottle of the product in the middle.

Does the latest Alya Skin drop live up to the social media hype? We'll be the judge of that.

In November last year, Alya Skin welcomed a brand new Pore Perfecting toner to its already impressive line-up. Always keen to get my hands on the latest skincare drop, I've given it a whirl so you can see if it's worth your hard-earned moolah.

About the brand

Alya Skin is an Australian skincare brand that uses vegan-friendly and native botanical ingredients. With no products over $50, the company prioritises quality products that won't drain your bank account. The brand has 99k followers on Instagram and another 43.7k followers over on TikTok.

You've probably seen every beauty influencer in Australia giving the Pink Perfect Clay Mask a whirl, which is defs how I first stumbled across the brand. Its range also includes a serum, eye cream, moisturiser, exfoliator, cleanser and, most recently, a liquid toner.

The hype

Alya Skin dropped its Pore Perfecting Elixir late last year and since then my TikTok and Instagram feeds have been chockas with rave reviews about it. However, it was the before and after shots Alya Skin shared on its IG that really gave me the push to give it a go.

The review

Alya Skin Pore Perfecting Elixir ($39.99)

The Alya Skin Pore Perfecting Elixir is simple to use and easy to introduce to your skincare routine. After cleansing my skin, I pop a few drops of the toner on a cotton pad and gently pat it over my face and neck. I then follow with serum and moisturiser.

This toner is apparently fabulous for oily and acne-prone peeps, but my skin is defs more on the dry and sensitive side. The mornings after using it, the toner had reduced redness and signs of clogged pores. My skin also looked plumper and more hydrated, which was a relief because I find some toners to be quite drying.

This is because the toner contains a cocktail of salicylic acid (also known as BHA), AHA, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. It also includes Australian botanicals such as acronychia acidula fruit, white willow and native orange pearl extract. With their powers combined, these ingredients unclog pores to fight off breakouts, remove dead skill cells and give your skin a smooch of hydration.

You can use the toner twice a day after cleansing, but I only use it in the evenings as salicylic acid removes excess oil and my skin is already quite dry.

The final verdict

It may be the new kid on the block, but I'm a big fan of the Pore Perfecting Elixir. After using it regularly for the last 3 weeks, I've been really happy with the results. It's unclogged my pores and reduced inflammation without drying out my already parched skin. While I don't experience acne, I do get hormonal breakouts and I noticed that I didn't get my usual cluster of pimples when Aunt Flow visited this month. Halle-fricking-lujah.

I was gifted the Pore Perfecting Elixir to try (but with no obligation to review or post), but I'd definitely buy this bad boy again.

Where to buy

You can shop the Pore Perfecting Elixir on the Alya Skin website and Priceline. You can also pick up the rest of the range at Chemist Warehouse and Oz Hair and Beauty.

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