I never used to pay much attention to skincare toners but since blogging I've adapted my skincare routine and added a few to my rota.
Liquid exfoliators seem to have risen in popularity over the last few months. I use one 2/3 times a week as a toner to brighten my complexion. The Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner is a fairly gentle exfoliating toner which helps congested complexions. Its alcohol free and contains 2% glycolic acid (Glycolic acid in skincare helps to stimulate the complexion and improve skin texture). I find the mario bedescu toner helps to keep my complexion clear and smooth though it tingles very slightly when first applied so it might be too harsh for sensitive skins. I've also found its quite drying if used too much. I always follow up with a hydrating toner like the elemis one to prevent my skin from drying out. A recent addition to my toner collection is Pixi Glow Tonic. Again, this is an alcohol free exfoliating toner with glycolic acid, aloe vera and witch hazel. For me, this has much more of a brightening effect than mario bedescu as I noticed a difference straight away in terms of radiance. Glow tonic is so blummin difficult to get hold of (its currently out of stock online) but its worth the hype.
Another hyped toner in the beauty world is La Roche Posay Serozinc. I'm currently on the fence with this one. I like to use either in the morning or after glow tonic to refresh my skin. On one hand, its very soothing, especially on blemishes and redness and I love the spray can. On the other, part of me thinks that this is just a can of water with a bit of zinc and sodium chloride thrown in. If it was easier to get hold of and cheaper in the UK then I might consider repurchasing but for now I probably wont when this can runs out.
Finally, after a bad breakout last month, I bought the Lush Tea Tree Water. I do love a bit of tea tree, especially on blemishes. I really like spritzing bottle (it alway seems so much nicer from a spray) and it really helped to clear up my skin without irritating or drying it out. It does contain methylparaben so its not 100% natural - not that I consider Lush to be a 'natural' brand. I'm still likely to repurchase unless I come across an alternative tea tree toner that works as well as this one.
Have you tried any of these toners?