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Show me a girl who doesn’t care about large pores and I will gladly take that Apsara’s autograph: p As soon as you hit mid twenties, your beautiful skin starts having a mind of its own (grr). The best thing you can do in this scenario is to strengthen your defences: work out, eat healthy and be religious with your CTM.
Ah, the CTM…three simple letters, but with such profound effect! The right combination can actually keep your skin healthy!!
Toners are often neglected, but actually quite essential to any skincare routine. The right toner can rid your pores of gunk, balance your skin’s ph, reduce the look of large pores and balance your complexion.
Today I will be reviewing a fantastic toner that I have discovered: The Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Toner from the Hawaiian range of Alba Botanica.
Price: Rs 800 for 251 ml (ek ml extra from normal: P)
What the Product Claims: Even better in paradise. Calm, cool-as-a-cucumber witch hazel and aloe Vera purify and minimize pores. Extracts of hibiscus, honeysuckle, passion flower and guava further refine and refresh so skin finishes with a smooth, balanced tone. Even complexion without the shine? How pure-fect! Hypo-allergenic.
Directions: After cleansing, dampen cotton ball with toner and gently wipe over face and neck. Do not rinse.
Standards: 100% Vegetarian. No: Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Myreth Sulfate. Now in a 100% Post Consumer Resin bottle. By transitioning to a 100% PCR Bottle the reduction in emissions are equivalent to the CO2 released by the use of 13,854 gallons of gasoline or the annual amount of CO2 sequestered by a 26.2 acre forest of pine or fir trees.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (1)Certified Organic Ingredient
My take on Alba Botanica Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Hawaiian Toner:
My skin has been going through a really bad phase off late.It’s sensitive and stubbornly combination! Harsh products leaves it red, irritated and with zits so well, I thought, let’s take the bull by the horn. Keep the skin clean, pores refined and maybe things will get better. You know, I think it actually makes a difference!
I use this toner after cleansing my face with Margo soap in morning and after using my clarisonic with the FE Kashmiri Neem cleanser in the evening. Either ways, this leaves my skin feeling soft and refined. There is no residue like that some toners leave. I have seen a little improvement in the pore size; I feel there has been a reduction.
It is non drying and does not leave my skin totally stripped of natural oils. It just leaves my skin, the way it is, just without the extra gunk and residue. It does not irritate the skin; in fact it actually calms it.
Trust me I have used my share of toners, from Clarins to Biotique to Forest Essentials. I have never liked a toner this much before!
Maybe I am being too generous and a tad too quick to laud it, but maybe (and I really hope so) this really is “the one”: P: P
Pros of Alba Botanica Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Hawaiian Toner:
Gentle on skin
Refines the skin well
Pore size seems a bit reduced
Natural ingredients without sls, Parabens etc
Cons of Alba Botanica Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Hawaiian Toner:
Availability might be an issue
IMBB Rating: 5/5 undoubtedly
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