Ahhh, the acid toner. This is something that those of you who love skincare like I do, will lovingly use and hate to be without. But the rest of you will pull a face is horror at the thought of an ACID toner. Before I go on with my my list of favourites, here is a list of reasons that you should embrace the acid:
Now that we no what we are looking for, here are my Top 3!
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
A liquid balancing exfoliator. Designed to strengthen the epidermis, exfoliate skin, regulate excessive sebum secretion, hydrate the skin, maintain the skin’s pH, and prevent and treat ingrown hairs. For all skin types.
This formula has gluconolactone, a poly-hydroxy acid, which is more gentle than glycolic, that also acts as an anti-inflammatory along with a higher concentration of lactic acid – and malic and phytic acids, both AHA’s used to promote cell turnover and help with hyper pigmentation. The acids in this tackle skin problems from every angle – resurfacing, zapping blemishes, essentially ‘stripping back’ the skin so that what you use after it is more able to penetrate. I try and use P50 in the evenings when I’m following it with retinols/vitamin A serums or pigmentation products.
Available in Dubai from The Cure spa in Media City. 440 AED for the extra large bottle 🙂
Pixi Beauty Pixi Glow Tonic
Glow tonic with ginseng & fructose For normal to dry, dull and aging skin. Oxygenating, exfoliating facial glow tonic. Helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. Removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. Alcohol free and oil free. Use after cleanser on cotton pad. I use this every morning to diminish signs of dun damage and reduce fine lines. Key ingredients: aloe vera and ginseng. For all skin types.
Witchhazel helps to tone, firm and smooth the appearance of the skin and soften the texture. Ginseng is a natural supplier of oxygen to the cells and horse chestnut stimulates the skin circulation. Glycolic loosens the excess accumulation of dead skin cells and exfoliates.
Available from Cult Beauty for 18 GBP
Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner
This is a beautiful, softening, exfoliating, brightening, hydrating toner that should be in everyone’s arsenal. Containing glycolic, salicylic and tartaric acid – in much smaller amounts than P50 and Pixi Glow Tonic – there is only the teeniest sting on open skin so this is a lovely toner that will really gently exfoliate the surface of the skin without really over-working it and thus the danger of thinning it out..however, it isn’t the gentlest with the hindsight of longevity. I would absolutely keep this as one of your go-to exfoliating toners, but it’s not suitable for twice daily. Mix it up. Alternate with another exfoliating toner.
You can grab this at any Clarins counter for around 225 AED
So there you have it, my three ‘I could not possibly live without’ acid toners!
Love, Kel x
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