Using a toner is something that is drummed into every one of us from the moment we hit puberty. One of my most vivid memories is of my mum repeating to me “Cleanse, Tone then Moisturise” the minute my teenage skin began going haywire. Toning my skin was something that was so second nature to me throughout my teenage years, but as soon as my skin began to balance out, I went completely off the boil with it.
Sometimes, it can be easy to feel like removing your makeup and cleansing is enough. I mean, in this day and age we are all busy right? I don’t know about you, but over the years my skincare routine has slowly crept up, and now I’m using about a million products every single day. And although it may be essential, toner just isn’t the most exciting. So, sometimes it just doesn’t make the cut.
However, everything changed about a year ago, when I started using toner again religiously. All those years of justifying it to myself saying “Oh, it won’t make a difference”, and “I just don’t have time,” crumbled away. And I haven’t looked back since. Now, I can no longer deny that toner is an essential part of any skincare routine. After reintroducing toner into my beauty regimen, my skin looks healthier and more radiant than ever. Honestly, my complexion has never been so good.
Which is why we are here today discussing Green Keratin’s Greens Elixir Rejuvenating Facial Toner. This has fast become a favourite of mine within my somewhat obscenely large skincare collection. If you’re not really into skincare, or maybe you just can’t be bothered to wade your way through the thousands of products available on the market, here is why this beautiful organic toner is perfect for you.
Organic Neroli and Rose Flower Waters Tone and Soothe
The flower waters in this formula are obtained through steam distillation. Rose flower water is taken from the Damask Rose plant and the Neroli water from pretty white flowers of the Bitter Orange plant. These waters are both famed for their aromatherapy properties, but they also have wonderful skincare benefits.
Rose water is an essential ingredient for toning within this formula. It helps to balance out the PH of the skin, therefore reducing the appearance of redness and inflammation of the skin. This makes the Greens Elixir Rejuvenating Facial Toner fantastic for those who suffer from acne or rosacea. So, not only is Rose Water great for soothing and protecting the skin, but, it also has amazing skin conditioning properties. Along with the Neroli flower water, Rose water provides this toner with a lovely, fresh floral scent.
As a multifunctional ingredient, the Neroli flower water really helps make this toner suitable for every skin type. From those who have more sensitive skin, to the more mature skin types, this toner is suitable for everyone. As a natural astringent, Neroli Flower Water really helps to tone the skin by tightening, firming and improving the overall texture. It does all this while smoothing out the appearance of pores and removing excess oils. This is actually something I really noticed when I first started using this toner, as the texture of my skin looked visibly different.
Organic Green Coffee Extract: A New Addition
Organic Green Coffee Extract is a new addition to this formula. We thought that it would work perfectly within this toner because of its fabulous conditioning properties. Green Coffee Extract is rich in both Fatty Acids and Antioxidants. The antioxidative properties are great because they lessen the damage that is caused to the skin cells by unpaired oxygen molecules known as free-radicals. Free radicals damage the skin by inhibiting the skin cells ability to function normally, this is usually due to tissue damage in the cells membranes, proteins and even its DNA. Although this sounds a bit too much like a science lesson, it basically means that your skin is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. And, no one wants that!
As well as protecting against these environmental factors, the fatty acids with the Green Coffee Extract provides moisture. Fatty Acids are great for plumping up the skin as they comprise essential parts of the skin cell membranes. This means that fatty acids help to reduce the appearance of sagging, fine lines and they also help to combat dryness.
Vegan Hyaluronic Acid
This is an ingredient popularly known as a ‘Fountain of Youth’, and that isn’t without reason. Hyaluronic Acid is one of our favourite moisturising ingredients here at Green Keratin, and that’s because it has the ability to bind up to 1000 times its own volume in water. So, if you’re prone to dry skin, then never fear, this toner is going to help you soak up all the moisture you can and cling to it for as long as possible!
These moisturising properties also make this toner great for mature skin. If our skin is lacking moisture, then it will become more prone to signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. But Hyaluronic Acid could give your skin the moisture boost it needs to help soften and plump your skin.
Tips for Application:
This toner is to be used after you have removed all traces of makeup and cleansed the skin. Make sure you give the bottle a good shake before you apply, especially if it’s been in a particularly warm room. You can either spray the toner directly onto the skin, or you can spritz it onto a cotton pad and sweep from the centre of the face outwards. This toner will then remove any final traces of makeup, dirt and grime, while moisturising and toning.
Top Tip: Because of the handy spray bottle that this toner comes in, you can also pop it in your bag and spritz it on your face throughout the day to keep your skin feeling fresh!
Once you have applied your toner, you can then move onto applying any serums and moisturisers that you have in your skincare routine.