10 January 2014

The Two-Step Toning Trick



Toner; probably the most 'Marmite' product of the skincare world - you either like it or hate it, use it or you don't. It was once a step I'd speedily sweep on and be done with, but taking more time in a second stage post-cleanse and turning things up a notch by throwing a hydration hit into the mix to form a two-step exfoliating-hydrating pair has changed my complexion's texture for the better. The duo that's been doing it for me involves slightly stripping the skin, in a good way, followed by a layer of moisture - and they just seem to go together like two peas in a product pod...

For the starter slough-away step I've been reaching for REN's Clarifying Toning Lotion. Refreshing numbers such as this contain acids to exfoliate without the use of scratchy bitty beads - this one has got it going on with glycolic, lactic, citric and tartaric acids. Aimed at oily/combo skins, it generally leaves things feeling balanced, even in tone and a whole lot clearer, whilst the antimicrobial action keeps future breakouts at bay - I'll slosh some onto a cotton pad and apply all over, embrace the slight tingle and leave to settle. 

La Roche Posay's Serozinc is my follow-up hydrating toner of choice - not an easy one to track down in the UK but I've found it right here (we'll just ignore the hefty postage fee). Spritzed straight onto the skin attracts moisture from the air to the top layer of skin, prepping for proceeding skincare products. This one is pretty simples, with three ingredients in total; water, sodium chloride and zinc sulfate - the latter listed item known for it's cleansing, soothing properties, and is an all-round redness reducer. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin would be added bonuses in your hydrating mist as they hold extra moisture and lock it into the skin's layer.

Side note: I do this every evening as part of my routine, then continue with my eye cream/serum/oil/moisuriser (you name it). P.s my go-to cotton pads are the giant oval ones for ease-of-sweep. Okay, I think that's enough of the toner talk for one post...
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5 comments

  1. I haven't heard much about the REN Toner but I'll definitely be doing some research now - anything with the word 'clarifying' in the title would be a godsend right now!

    thunderl0ve

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  2. I haven't tried either, but I'm tempted to try the REN one. I'm making a list of REN products to try out because I've heard positive things about most of them!

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    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  3. You only have to take a read of the reviews on the REN website and you'll be enabled ;-) It's great stuff!

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  4. Start with the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask Celina and you'll be well away ;-)

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  5. Ah that's a shame you didn't get on with the REN one, but the LE tonic is pretty fab too :-)

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