I think it's been well established at this stage that I am a huge fan of Emma Hardie skincare so when they released a new product, I couldn't wait to try it. The Exfoliating Brightening Tonic is a great addition to their lineup as their other exfoliating product is a physical type but I, like many others, prefer a chemical exfoliator that I can use on a daily basis. I had very high hopes for this product so did it live up to expectations?
Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic is described as a natural and gentle daily exfoliator. Given that I have sensitive skin, even if something is described as gentle, I proceed with caution so I started using it every second day, then daily and I now use this twice daily - it really is that gentle! Those of you who find that most retinol products are too strong for your skin, will be interested to hear that this tonic contains Bakuchiol, which is known as nature's alternative to retinol. This is an ingredient that is becoming increasingly popular and I have used a number of products containing it without experiencing any irritation. Bakuchiol stimulates collagen production, which increases the elasticity of the skin - I'm all for anything that helps with elasticity!
It also contains pomegranate enzymes, which gently exfoliate the skin, which in turn creates more even and smooth skin, eliminating texture. These enzymes are also said to release trapped bacteria in the skin but that's not something that I can prove from 4/5 weeks of use - however, I haven't had any breakouts since I started to use this toner.
Next on the ingredients list is Tego Cosmo C250, which is an amino acid derivative that helps to brighten the skin, improve clarity and tone of the skin and regulate the skin's PH balance. Along with the active ingredients, it also contains aloe vera, which soothes and hydrates the skin, hence it being gentle enough to use twice daily.
To apply, I shake well, then spritz some onto a cotton wool pad (usually 2/3 spritzes) and wipe all over my face and neck after cleansing. The directions say that if there is any excess, it may be pressed into the skin, but I haven't noticed any excess. I then proceed with a hydrating mist, eye cream, serum, moisturiser/oil, spf etc.
I can definitely confirm that this tonic improves the clarity, tone and texture of the skin. I have also noticed that my pores are less visible and my skin has an overall bright and radiant look. It feels smooth to touch, makeup applies very evenly over it and overall my skin looks balanced. I love that it s gentle enough to use daily (twice daily, in fact) without making my skin react or inflamed.
As a beauty blogger, I switch my routine up a lot to review products (saying that, I am choosey with what I accept and even at that, have had to start turning down skincare products to review as I only have one face!), and some products are left unfinished for months or don't make it into my daily routine when the review period is over. This is a product that I will use every last drop of and will repurchase when I finish it. I love it!
Do you use a daily toner? Does this sound like one you would enjoy? I'd love to hear!
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