I happened to buy The Body Shop tea tree toner on an impulse when I was not even sure what a toner was meant for! I used to think that since my skin is not oily I do not need a toner. Newsflash! I do. I started taking care of my skin only a year ago and until recently I had not noticed that my pores look bigger than usual. All my time and effort is spent in getting rid of acne therefore I neglected the pores. I got the toner after I heard all good things that tea tree did for acne prone skin. I however used it all wrong for a couple of months like using it once in a while or using it only if I spent too much time outside. My skin looked as bad as usual. Go figure!
This toner is meant for blemished skin. I have acne prone, combination skin and have been complaining about blackheads for as long as I can remember! Although my face does not get oily at the end of the day, I find that my pores begin to stand out under the makeup. I wondered for the longest time what was causing it and it never occurred to me that it was my sebum/blackheads. Sebum is the oil secreted by the pores on the skin. Sebum in moderate quantity is meant to prevent the skin from drying out. Too much can cause oily skin and too little can cause dry skin. Layering makeup on top on all that isn’t pretty!
What the product claims
Suitable for blemished skin. Sweeps away traces of impurities for clearer looking skin. Leave skin looking mattified. Infused with tamanu oil.
Community Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya – an ingredient renowned for its anti-bacterial benefits, an infusion perfect to help blemished skin. Tamanu Oil from Madagascar – traditionally used to promote healthy-looking skin and has fantastic skin moisturising properties. Lemon Tea Tree from Kenya – Anti-bacterial to give the products a zesty fragrance.
Price: INR 595 for 250 ml.
Pros of The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
• Does what it claims.
• My skin does not get oily at the end of the day.
• The surface of the skin becomes smoother.
• Pores shrink drastically.
• NO MORE BLACKHEADS = NO MORE BLACKHEAD REMOVAL STRIPS
• Has a shelf life of good three years. If you use it almost everyday it will last you two to three months.
• Stings a little. Those with sensitive skin/dry do not use this as it may be too harsh on these skin types.
• They do not make a smaller size so you have to take a chance with it.
How to use
Dab some on a cotton ball and apply to your face avoiding the eyes. Do not use too much. Take your time to figure out how much you need. If you put too much on it takes a while to dry and it stings that much more. And you will end up wasting the product. I use this twice a day, once after a regular shower and once at night.
My experience with The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
The other day I followed my cleansing with this toner and a face cream and did not wash my face until evening. I discovered that my face looked and felt clean and my nose was smoother than usual. I looked closely and stopped short of shrieking as I could not spot one blackhead! Hard to believe? Try it. Note – although it has solved my blackhead problem, it has not affected the break outs – they have neither increased nor reduced.
Who should buy this?
Those with oily, acne prone, combination skin. Everyone’s skin produces sebum but only those who are prone to the bacteria causing infection develop acne.
Will I repurchase?
Yes, until they keep making it! And I’m headed to TBS to get other products from the tea tree line.
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