Battle of the Toners 🥊
💭 I remember when I was in high school, I would use toners as makeup removers. I cringe at that memory, specifically because it was an alcohol heavy toner that would burn my face and eyes every time... This memory made realize how misunderstood toners are and how much they’ve evolved! This post will give you a brief intro to the toners I use and why! ❗️Please do not use alcohol based toners. There is no need to be that silly. We can treat skin concerns without damaging your skin barrier.
Hydrating Toners: My favorite type of toner! I use italmost every morning and night (when I don’t use exfoliants). I like these because they’re gentle and nourish your skin with the moisture it needs. It’s basically the prepping step so your next skincare products can absorb more efficiently into the skin. I have been using my rice toner for a while now and it’s a holy grail. Check out my other post for my review on it! I'm from - Rice Toner
AHA Exfoliation Toners: These are a wonder and comein so many different formulations/percentages that I believe any skin type will be able to find their perfect match! I use these probably 2x/week max depending on if I’m using an AHA serum or not (I never use them together). I like these toners a lot better because I really do see a difference since using them long term. I’ve seen a huge decrease in dullness and breakouts! Be careful if you’re new to exfoliation or have sensitive skin. The YTTP might be a little too strong if you don’t have the tolerance but once you build up to it, it’s a fantastic product. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner
BHA Exfoliation Toners: You got an acne flare up? Milia?Inflammation? Blackheads? This is your stop! BHA products are fat soluble so they dig deep in your pores and get rid of excess oils or dead skin. This in turn makes your pores look smaller, erase black head visibility and calm your acne inflammation! I bought the Paulas Choice BHA toner bc I kept getting blackheads around my nose and my hormonal acne needed to be tamed. The toner did just that and even made me look a little brighter/ glowy the next day! I love this product and even tho it markets that it can be used every day, I kind of just use it the weeks I feel that I need to treat my hormonal acne or if my pores are looking quite large. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
Moisturizers for blackheads
Clogged pores moisturizers
Moisturisers for pores
Clogged pores treatments
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE
Oct. 13, 2020
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updated post for Olehenriksen toner 💙
Olehenriksen toner This toner from Olehenriksen has many benefits when it comes to this toner. When using Olehenriksen toner it's prefer using at night because the formula cause the skin to be vulnerable and very sensitive to sunlight and causing higher risk skin damage. The benefits of using include are dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, even skin tone and texture. The ingredients contain lemon, sugarcane, licorice root, chamomile and sandalwood extract. For me when using this toner you get delicious sent of lemony citrus aroma when applying. To apply to my skin I use a cotton pad to evenly apply to my skin, then after I had a little bit of a tingling sensation but over time it went away. Every time I use this toner at night my skin has a very supple texture and glow. Overall I'm happy using this toner would recommend anyone to try and as someone as my self who suffer from dry skin. OLE HENRIKSEN - Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner don't forget to like and follow for more 😘😘😘 you can also follow my Instagram page at @sweet_citrustea
What do you say about this?
OLE HENRIKSEN - Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner I just want to say I like it although I can only use a couple times a week. But I see the brightening right away . I have to admit it’s too strong for my skin...I love the smell and it’s hydrating too. Thoughts?
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Love it or hate it?
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner Anyone else want to love this, but just can’t with the sticky feeling? I feel like my skin was so smooth and glowing the next day. However my face was so sticky when I put it on I couldn’t get past the feeling.
BEST INGREDIENTS FOR ACNE
My favorite acne fighting/treating ingredients 🙌🏼 PC: Me (IG: @skinbymeegan)
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The perfect toner for dry, sensitive skin!
Did you know this toner is made with 77.78% rice extract? PRODUCT: @imfrom_global Rice Toner is a dual layer toner consisting of a water layer and emulsion layer. This toner is meant to prevent water loss, eliminate dead skin cells and provide hydration to rebalance skin. MY THOUGHTS: I’ve been using this toner on and off for a few months and I find myself reaching for it every time my skin feels dry and/or dull. It has a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly and feels really soft and smooth upon application. I have noticed some brightening effects but not much. This toner is amazing for dry, sensitive skin. It has this fresh, cooling feeling I love! Definitely recommend SIDE NOTE: 🌱🐰This product is vegan and cruelty-free
Current Products I'm Using
I have oil/combo skin and been struggling with hormonal acne for a few years now which is mainly around my chin. I have noticed some positive changes but also some negative ones, for example I have more blackheads in areas besides my nose which I never had before. Here are the products I've been using lately. AM Routine I don't cleanse in the morning just splash water on my face and pat dry, then I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster after I apply moisturizer e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream - Fragrance Free then sunscreen Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract PM Routine During the day I don't wear much makeup just some mascara so I just use GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Water for my first cleanse, then I go in with PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser which I am just about out of so I will be using CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanserwhich I haven't tried before but decided to buy it because of all the hype! Than I apply my toner and depending on my skin at the time I will either use PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner or I'm from - Rice Toner I have just recently purchased and starting using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then I moisturizer with THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator twice a weeks and PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C 3 times a week. My skin is still breaking out so I'm gonna try eliminating certain products to see if I can pin point what is causing the breakouts and blackheads. I recently purchased a cleansing brush and I'm gonna start by eliminating the Paulas choice BHA Exfoliator and start using the brush 2 or 3 times a week instead. If that's not the problem then I'm gonna try taking out the Vitamin C. If anyone has any advice or tips I am all ears!!!
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Hello everybody who has hearted my posts to see my skin care journey (: This is what my skin has been looking like still using all of the same products! The only thing I’ve added is a jade roller just because it’s sooooo relaxing lol. I do have acne scars and rosacea, but I’ve noticed my rosacea is reduced when I treat my skin well. Now remember I’m also 9 months Preggo and haven’t been eating the best 😬 Guilty I know, but my skin is looking so much healthier and glowier! I don’t have perfect skin, but I do see a huge improvement from what I’ve dealt with in the past. First I still use the THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm balm to remove my makeup. Oats are very calming for your skin and reduce redness so I love the way this feels when I double cleanse. Next I rinse that off well and go in with my LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser This stuff hasn’t broken me out once and I have very sensitive skin so I definitely recommend just trying it out for yourself. After I cleanse my skin I go in with my PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator as a toner. (Only use at night) This stuff is strong, but I find using it only at night helps more because I’m not adding so much to my face. This has helped reduce my pores and also clear some mild breakouts and redness on my face. Next I go in with my amazing oil I got of amazon Cos De BAHA - Azelaic Acid 10% Serum with Niacinamide Acne Scar Removal + Redness Relief Face Now this stuff is AMAZING. I apply this with the dropper every morning and night and it is a miracle worker!! I would rate this more than 5 stars. It helps calm your skin and also helps with breakouts, hyperpigmentation and so much more. After this step I use my Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer The reason I give it three stars is because it’s just your average basic moisturizer to me.. it works, but I’m sure there’s better moisturizers out there. For the price though it’s worth it if you want something easy. Next step after is always sunscreen in the morning! Never at night for me and I use GARNIER - Green Labs Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream SPF 30 I only have been using this since December so I won’t give it five stars yet, but this is a good 3-1 face serum with spf! One thing I like is it doesn’t leave a white cast on me. Things I don’t like is how it has a lot of fragrance and it also can burn my eyes sometimes. If anyone has a better spf to try let me know (: That’s all I do for the morning and night time and then of course use my jade roller to feel relaxed. I do use my THE inkey LIST - Caffeine Eye Cream but I don’t see a difference on my under eyes. I’ll keep you all updated again soon ! ❤️
Update: my acne has reduced A LOT
I’ve been a bit MIA since my last post but here is the progress of my acne. If I were to pinpoint the main reasons why, then it’s these reasons: What I did wrong: - experimenting and using alot of different products. I was in a phase where I loved trying new products and my skin did not like that I was switching products all the time. - I did not spot test new products - overloaded my skin with many products. I don’t know who needs to hear this but a 10 step routine is NOT for acne prone skin. - drank little water each day - used harsh products without re-balancing my skin with soothing products - masked almost everyday What I did to improve it: - reduce the number of products going on my skin. I now use only a max of 3 products in the morning and 5 products at night. - drank 2 litres of water every day - used a soothing pH-balanced toner - used a GENTLE chemical exfoliant - used retinol regularly - masked only every 2-3 days Some products I use in my daily routine that really helped my skin: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator as an all-over exfoliant PAULA'S CHOICE - BHA 9 Treatment as a spot treatment The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to fade acne scars Products that I use every 2-3 days that helped my skin: AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion (mixed with Niacinamide) to fade acne scars DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream to bring out new baby skin ANDALOU NATURALS - CannaCell Glow Mask as a gentle exfoliating mask If you are going through something similar just know to take it SLOWLY. The skin is going through trauma and it is not an overnight success. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer.
🔍Worth the Hype? Niacinamide Edition✨
⭐️ Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, a wonderful ingredient that can benefit the majority of people as a result of its gentle nature. This ingredient is found in plenty of skin care and is a gentle topical treatment for acne and eczema It can be combined with nearly any ingredient in a skin care routine. With the exception of Ascorbic Acid/the pure form of Vitamin C 🍊 ⭐️ BENEFITS: 🤍Skin Barrier: can help your skin grow a ceramide lipid barrier, and promote skin protein repair, which in turn, helps retain moisture 🤍Redness & Blotchiness: reduces inflammation which may help ease redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions 🤍Minimizes Pore Appearance: keeps skin smooth and moisturized (May over time naturally reduce the size of pores) 🤍Oil Production: regulates amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce, while also helping with moisture retention ***helping your skin hit that perfect moisture level 🤍Sun Damage Protection: reinforces the skin barrier to better protect healthy skin cells from UV ray damage 🤍Hyperpigmentation : 5% niacinamide concentrations can be helpful in lightening dark spots. Benefits were seen after four weeks - two months 🤍Minimizes Fine Lines/Wrinkles: 5% concentration was helpful in reducing some signs of sun damage that come with aging 🤍Acne: especially with inflammatory forms like papules and pustules, you may see fewer lesions and improved skin texture ⭐️Is it worth it? Considering Niacinamide has good research supporting its claims, thousands of positive reviews, and a nonirritating ingredient, then I would definitely recommend trying it. I loved my results after a few months, I am happy to now try the Ordinary. Especially for 6$ a pop (a highly inclusive price range🖤)! ⭐️What About my Sensitive Skin Rarely do people experience allergic reactions to Niacinamide, however, when trying any new product, (particularly active ingredients) concentrations matter ⚠️If you’ve NEVER used Niacinamide as a topical treatment then hitting your skin with a 10% concentration may cause a sudden reaction ‼️This does NOT automatically mean you’re unable to use Niacinamide ⚠️ If you shave your face or have broken skin/sores, avoid using until your next ⚠️ If prone to sensitivity then be weary of how you combine with high concentrations of irritating ingredient (e.g. BHAs) ⭐️Listen to your Skin: Your skin sends good & bad signals to let you know what works, so pay attention! Acclimate your skin to new products & patch test. Introduce serums at low concentrations (e.g. 5%) & find niacinamide in leave on treatments (e.g. toner & moisturizer) ‼️ burning and severe irritation? wash off immediately Other Products to Explore: Benton - Snail Bee High Content Skin (Toner) THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum SOME BY MI - AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner COSRX - Galactomyces Alcohol-Free Toner PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Please Don’t Mix These!
Acids (actives) and retinol are awesome skincare ingredients. They can do a lot for your skin, such as increasing cell turnover, lightening acne and dark spots, smoothing texture, help acne, and exfoliating dead skin. However, it’s important to know what products you can mix and what you can’t. For example, you don’t want to include retinol in your skincare routine at the same time as an exfoliating toner, overnight exfoliating treatment, or acid spit treatment. What I’m saying is you don’t want to wash your face, tone with the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner , apply a retinol serum such as THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum , and then use GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment or DERMA•E - Acne Blemish Control Treatment Serum . Not a good idea!! Why? Using these products together can cause over-exfoliation. Over-exfoliation goes beyond the typical bit of peeling and sensitivity that introducing retinol or acids can sometimes cause. You could end up with significant peeling, irritated spots, chemical burns, or any other adverse reaction specific to your body. I have over-exfoliated before by using the YTTP toner multiple days in a row. I had irritated, itchy, dry skin and little bumps formed on my forehead. Oops! It happens. But it could have been prevented. That’s why it’s important to read up on what skincare ingredients should and shouldn’t be mixed. Still want to use retinol and acids? Of course you can, but don’t use them at the same time! Apply your exfoliating toner (maybe not as strong as the YTTP one, though) in the AM and retinol or exfoliating serum in the PM. Or try applying 1 one day and another the next. Use your acne spot treatment alone. Most importantly, pay attention to your skin type and how it is reacting. If you have sensitive skin, you probably can’t exfoliate/use retinol even that frequently. I have dry skin, so I exfoliate and/or use retinol (never same day) 1-2x/week.
DERMA•E-Acne Blemish Control Treatment Serum
Textured skin who??
Brb drifting away into my fantasy of perfect skin with no texture. . Okay maybe that’s not realistic, but innbeautyproject’s Down to Tone toner gets me pretty close to a perfect complexion. This is a chemical exfoliating toner that works pretty damn well. After just a few days I noticed a huge difference in my little bumps and dark spots. innbeautyproject has an “Even out complex” in all of their products and from my experience it really works well. I couldn’t find this toner to tag it on here, but here’s my score and some other details about it. InnBeautyProject Down To Tone LIFE CHANGING TONER ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) + helps minimize texture as a chemical exfoliant. + slight itchy/tingly feeling, but the usual that comes with chemical exfoliation. + beautiful packaging and easy to use pump for cotton round. + pretty quick results + brightens and evens out complexion. + 6-acid blend *phytic acid, malic acid, gluconolactone, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and citric acid work together to dissolve the look of rough, dull skin & blackheads, leaving you clear & radiant.* + also includes Niacinimide to help further with texture and pores. No negatives so far! I’ve been using this everyday for almost a month and my skin’s texture is liking so good! iNNBEAUTY PROJECT - Down To Tone Resurfacing Toner Exfoliating Toner
iNNBEAUTY PROJECT-Down To Tone Resurfacing Toner Exfoliating Toner
Acids for Beginners
Review : Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. Skin Type : Combination Skin This is not a sponsored review, I bought the product from my own pocket. 😃 First, I would like to thank @shofon.official because this is where I buy my Korean skincare products. 🔘I have chosen to try this toner because I watched and read many positive reviews from this product and the brand itself. So let’s get to this. 🔘Packaging wise it comes with a spray type bottle which I think so convenient because you can just spray it directly to your face. And the bottle is made from a very nice plastic material which you can bring anywhere, so handy. 🔘I have been using this toner as a part of my morning routine. This is my daily acid exfoliator, the product has ingredients mainly the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) will exfoliate the outer surface of the skin and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) that penetrates the inner layer of the skin unclogging pores it has also antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties which prevent the skin from getting acne, and another benefit of this is it reduces the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads and blemishes. 🔘So far this product works well for me, I never had breakouts the moment i started using this. I noticed that when I apply it to areas that I have pimple it easily dries out. It doesn’t have any smell which is very good for me. It will not make your skin dry at all and it doesn’t have any sting sensation after applying this product. This is a very gentle toner 👍 🔘I also noticed that my skin looks much more brighter, some of the pigmentation is gone. But you need to have alot of patience before you see the results. Please be sure to use SPF when using in the morning! 💵Price point - it’s affordable. Final Verdict : ✔️I am definitely continue using this amazing product and will repurchase it ✔️I am very happy and satisfied with this amazing product and I want to recommend this to all who have the same skin type as mine ✔️Great for beginners because this is mild
COSRX-AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Cheap Glow Must Have!!
I have combination oily skin that occasionally gets dry when the weather changes or just randomly when it decides to. My skin concern is acne scars (why my skin looks dull). I mainly have them along one side of my cheek. I received the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner as part of a giveaway I won on Instagram and another one as part of a PR package from them. . Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (visibly brightens and improves the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness and blemishes), Licorice Root Extract (Soothes inflammation and inhibits excess melanin production), Naturally Derived Arbutin (improves the look oh hyperpigmentation), and Stable Form of Vitamin C (boost’s skin’s ability to defend itself against free radical damage and promotes collagen production). . Scent: None . Consistency/Texture: Liquid . Price: $14 for 120 mL / 4 fl oz . Experience: I have been using this a couple times a week for two months and have noticed an improvement in my acne scars! I use it typically 3-5 times a week (sometimes in the morning, sometimes at night, depending what else I’m using in that routine). After using it for this long and often, I still have about a fourth of the bottle left, so it definitely lasts a while. I’ve used it with both cotton rounds and as suggested using your hands and patting into skin and enjoy it both ways. It doesn’t sting or hurt at all, I love that it’s an alcohol-free toner. I’ve also noticed that even though I’ve still gotten some breakouts, I haven’t gotten as dark of scars afterwards. . Repurchase/Recommend: Definitely, it can be used AM and/or PM. It targets all of my main areas of concerns, like uneven skin tone, dullness, and visible pores, while also strengthening your skin barrier’s function. It also corrects the look of hyperpigmentation and soothes inflammation, while having Vitamin C! My skin seems to love this, plus I love how it’s so budget-friendly, will definitely purchase it!!
GOOD MOLECULES-Niacinamide Brightening Toner
SOME BY MI - AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner This is a toner that is formulated with tea tree extract, witch hazel extract, papaya extract, lentil seed extract, swiftlet bird nest extract, and lotus extract. Moreover, it has niacinamide and adenosine for whitening and anti-wrinkle proprieties. As the product promotes, it has citric acid as a AHA, salicylic acid as a BHA, and lactobionic acid as a PHA. I’m not a big fan as citric acid as a AHA but it hasn’t done harm to my skin as far as I know. Some moisturizing ingredients include hyaluronic acid, glycerin, xylitol, allantoin, butylene glycol, and hydroxyethyl urea. I have been using this every night (except on my weekly exfoliating mask night) since May 29th. Although it’s formulated with AHA & BHA, it is very gentle! I’m over halfway through. I use this after cleansing with a cotton pad; sometimes I splash a good amount on my face with my hands and leave it for a couple of minutes then wipe with a toner-soaked cotton pad. I really like this toner, except for the peppermint essential oil, and I’m thinking about purchasing it again after testing out other stronger exfoliating toners. This toner gives me a healthy glow and has lessen my acne inflammation when I use it with íUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serum (review coming soon—this is such a great serum). The reviews on YesStyle are very promising; skincare youtubers (like Hyram or BeautyWithin) also enjoy this product. I highly recommend you try this if you ever decide to order AB products on there.
SOME BY MI-AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner
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