9 Oct 2013

Toned up.


Continuing with my little skincare series (which by the time I have finished will have completely changed) this month we have toners.

There's a lot of debate around the toner... is it really necessary? does it do anything for my skin?? Well that's all completely between you and your toner. But for me, they're essential. Not seen as something to remove last traces of cleanser anymore (and if they are well you should really go back and wash your face some more...), toners are that little step from cleansing to serum/oil/moisturiser (or all three) whatever floats your boat. They prep skin, treat, hydrate, exfoliate, brighten... any number of things as skincare technology continually advances.

I currently have four toners on rotation for whatever my skin needs, it may seem excessive but they all do very different things and I really do use them all! 

First up is the Lush Tea Tree Water, my go to for whenever my skin is angry and all over the place. This is the cheapest and contains the fewest ingredients out of the four here. It's simple and feels refreshing on my skin, I probably reach for this the least though as I find the others do so much more. The Melvita Narcissus Extraordinary Water is my most recent purchase from the bunch and has jumped to top spot in this little line up. An all natural brightening, moisture boosting lotion, this toner is perfect for my skin right now which is riddled with blemish scars. Formulated with lemon, papaya and of course narcissus to lighten, brighten and all round boost your skins radiance, this is a skincare gem. Oh & it also contains Hyaluronic acid, if you needed another reason to pick this up. Fading scars is a slow process but in the two months I've been using this I have noticed a real difference in a few on my cheeks and especially combined with my next pick, they seem to be working great together.

The now cult Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner is of course next. My only non-natural green beauty pick here that I will have seriously conflicting feelings for when it comes to repurchasing. Yes it is ever so slightly amazing, a god send for milia and keeping my skin ticking over nicely, fading scars, smoothing skin, battling blemishes.. but I am trying to turn my beauty stash into a beautiful, all natural skincare haven. What's a girl to do...

My last pick is the Neals Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist*, I reach for this whenever I have used the Clarins number, to inject some moisture into my skin. Exfoliate and then hydrate! or something... It smells amazing and even though the spray is a little too wet for my tastes, it does a good job of soothing and prepping my skin for the next stage. I always find oils and heavy moisturisers easier to massage into damp skin and they seem to sink in faster too.

How many toners do you have on rotation?? ;)

21 comments

  1. I only have one toner, and it's the sanctuary spa one. I've never really bought into toner benig absolutely necessary but use it anyway, just in case ;) x

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    1. Haha! I think one is fine! I am just an obsessive collecter ;) x

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  2. I have the Clarins Brightening Exfoliator Toner and I really like it.. It's definitely pricey but I will re-purchase if I don't get my hands on the Pixi Glow Tonic first.. x

    overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com

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    1. I would loooove to try the Pixi one too, plus it's a lot better value! x

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  3. Great picks. I've recently started using the Body Shop tea tree toner to help when I have breakouts and it's been great!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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    1. I've never actually tried the bodyshop skincare as their shops are so overwhelming! :( x

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  4. I used to love that lush toner and I had forgotten it until you mentioned it.

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    1. This is my second bottle! such a hidden gem! :) x

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  5. I try to focus on skincare products purchaces lately. Thanks for that!
    xx
    Anastasia
    Natbee'sFashion

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  6. I'm not sure if it's necessary but right now I love to include toner on my skincare and how it feels on my skin. Now I use 2 toners, one is a Esential Water by L'occitane that I use everyday to hydrate (I don't think I'll repurchase this again) and the other is the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator. Love the smell!
    The Melvita water sounds great, but don't know if it's avaliable in Spain...
    xx

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  7. I really want to try one of the Melvita toners, the orange one looks lovely! Love the Clarins toner too. I don't think I coild be without them anymore. Good on you for going natural!

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  8. I'm loving the Pixi Glow Tonic! :) I think when that runs out i'l be trying the clarins exfoliating, it sounds wonderful

    Roshni’s Journey

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  9. The Neal's Yard sounds so nice as do the Melvita! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  10. I love LUSH Tea Tree Water toner! There aren't too many ingredients in it so it's gentle on my sensitive skin, but it still gets the job done :)

    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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  11. The Melvita one sounds very lovely, maybe it will sort my acne scars out too x

    Alissia | Ma Vie en R0se

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  12. I love the LUSH one, it works so well for me! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  13. I really like using a toner & carry the small tea tree one in my bag & use that as a refresher spray on the go too.
    I also like the Botanics Toner too.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  14. The LUSH toner is such a bargain, I completely forgot about it but used to use it religiously last year. I've now moved onto my No7 Soft & Soothed but the Neals Yard mist sounds lovely!

    Rachel x Joy-and.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Hi there! I admit I'm a bit lazy about toners, but I do love the Lush one (and everything else they make). You've revived my interest in them though...I'll have to add some back to my repertoire!

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  16. Beautiful pictures! Newest follower :) I think it's great that you're trying to take a green approach to makeup because a lot of makeup contains so many harmful ingredients to the skin. I am currently learning about Environmental Science, and I see what these toxic chemicals can to the environment so how destructive it must be towards are bodies! I have tried the Tea Tree Water; however, it didn't seem to work to much for skin. Maybe I'll give it a go again the next time I'm at Lush?

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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