As someone who dutifully cleanses skin daily, there is one part of the process that I have been awfully lacklustre in – using a toner.
Caroline Hirons spotted this omission and gently slapped my wrist. Yes, I’m fortunate to have trouble-free skin, I drink more water than I used to, I don’t smoke and I always take my make-up off no matter how tired I am but my cheeks always look so dehydrated and that’s because I am not using a toner. Hnnnnnnnnngh, I know that’s bloody terrible but come on, I am being honest! I’ve just been dismissive of using a toner and also lazy.
So for the past couple of weeks, I have religiously been using an exfoliating (followed by a hydrating toner) after cleansing and good golly, Miss Molly my skin is happily glowing as a result of it.
Let’s focus on the exfoliating toner. After reading several beauty blogs, I settled for REN’s Clarimatte Clarifying Toner, which has also earned high praise from customers on its website. Suitable for combination and oily skin types, it is also alcohol-free and therefore absolutely recommended for twice daily use. Toners containing alcohol are harsh for your skin and unbearable (I noticed the discomfort with using Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2).
In less than two weeks using REN’s Clarrimatte Clarifying Toner has massively improved my complexion. My skin appears smooth, soft and it has removed the dehydrated areas on my face. I know this because blusher no longer looks patchy on my cheeks.
The toner also feels wonderfully calming and soothing, and I’m sure my skin lets out a happy sigh every time I use it. I bought it for £18 but currently a 150ml is only £12 on REN’s website, which is not to be scoffed at. I would irk at paying a lot more and thankfully REN is grounded on its pricing.
I bought the toner directly from REN’s site which offers a lovely incentive – 10% off your favourite REN product for life. I have a feeling the Clarimatte Clarifying Toner has cemented its place in my skincare routine – really, really chuffed with the results.