In my series of skin care product reviews, today I will be reviewing a toner. Toners are very important in the CTM process, and are often ignored by many, out of sheer laziness or a failure to understand their basic importance, and also often due to certain misconceptions. After the cleansing step, either with a milk based or cream based or oil-based cleanser, the skin’s pH is disturbed. Toner helps to bring the pH of skin back to normal. Toner also helps in removing any makeup remnants, which may have been left after the cleansing process. In addition, a toner helps in proper absorption of the next product into the skin; which may either be a serum or a moisturizer.
A toner should be chosen with a serious look into its ingredients. Acne-prone skin will benefit by a toner which contains salicylic acid. An oily skin might get some help using a toner containing alcohol. For dry skin, alcohol containing toners should be avoided, to prevent further drying of skin. Similarly, sensitive skin gets help if the toner does not contain many chemicals in it. Whatever toner you choose, it should be effective in getting rid of your remnant makeup, while also helping the skin maintain its pH balance and integrity in the meanwhile.
The toner I am reviewing today, is mainly for normal to dry and sensitive skin types, or any other skin types which tends to get dry and dehydrated (as in winters), and needs some help for optimum moisturisation. My skin type is normal to combination, which tends to get dry in winters. Alcohol-containing toners tend to dry out my skin, even in summers, hence I am always on the lookout for mild and gentle, alcohol-free toners.
A purifying and moisturizing toner that boosts the effectiveness of your entire skin care regimen. This indispensable element of your Caudalie beauty ritual is enriched with Vinolevure, Caudalie’s exclusive ingredient, extracted from wine yeast (a winemaker secret). The softening formula frees the skin of impurities, perfects makeup removal, gently awakens and tones, and provides deep hydration. It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan or any other animal ingredient. This formula has naturally refreshing scent blends notes of citrus flower, orange tree leaves, watermelon, and crushed mint. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Alcohol-free. Hypoallergenic.
Morning and evening, apply with a cotton pad to face and eyes. Do not rinse. For all skin types.
I got it online for 13 GBP (including shipping), for 200 ml product. It is also available in 100 ml and 400 ml versions.
My Experience with Caudalie Moisturizing Toner:
The product comes in a white color plastic bottle which comes with a dispensing pump. The pump can be turned to “Open” and “Stop” positions. This helps in proper dispensing of product, while also making it travel friendly. I have heard that this product used to come in a green colored bottle earlier (just like the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser), but has been recently changed to this present packaging. Grapes are very good antioxidants and Caudalie uses the entire grape plant in the making of their skin care products; which I am totally enjoying.
The toner itself is just like water – transparent and extremely light weight. It has a very soothing, herbal fragrance, which I just love. One to two pumps of the product is enough for soaking one cotton pad, which in turn is enough for your face and neck area. It may also be applied by just patting it using your hands directly on to the skin.
It spreads and absorbs quite easily into the skin. It is extremely mild, but is still effective in removing any traces of makeup, including waterproof makeup. It does not leave any tacky or sticky sensation on the skin. It leaves your face feeling extremely refreshed and clean and soft, with a mild herbal fragrance. It can be applied to any part of your face, including the eye area, without any irritation at all. It has not broken me out at all, even in this humid season. In fact, it hydrates my skin very well, and my skin is left perfectly ready for the next step of moisturization. It is extremely gentle for morning time use; and extremely effective for use at the end of the day. I have fallen totally in love with this toner, and I love how clean and hydrated my skin feels after using this toner.
Pros of Caudalie Moisturizing Toner:
- Extremely mild, gentle; yet effective toner.
- Most ingredients are of plant origin.
- Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan or any other animal ingredient.
- For all skin types; but best for dry to normal to combination skin and sensitive skin.
- Alcohol free.
- Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
- Contains “vinoleuvre,” which I found is an ingredient which holds up to 100 times its weight in water, and really hydrates the skin.
- Packaging is good, with a dispensing pump; and travel friendly.
- Very lightweight.
- Has a mild, refreshing fragrance.
- One to two pumps are enough for face and neck area.
- Removes all remnants of makeup, including waterproof ones.
- Absorbs very easily into skin.
- Does not leave skin sticky at all.
- Does not irritate eye area.
- Has not broken me out.
- Hydrates my skin very well.
- Preps my skin for next step of moisturization.
- Feels good on my skin, even in this extremely humid season.
Cons of Caudalie Moisturizing Toner:
- Expensive (but not exorbitant).
- Not available in India.
Would I Repurchase Caudalie Moisturizing Toner?
Yes definitely, with the winters round the corner, I have definitely found something which my skin is loving.
Would I Recommend Caudalie Moisturizing Toner?
Definitely, I am loving it. This toner is very good, feels so fresh and clean, is so gentle, yet so effective and so moisturising; but at the same time, it is not at all sticky nor exorbitantly pricey. This is one of the very best ones I have used till date, and this is surely going to be my go-to toner; till I actually find something even better.
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