Friday, 26 January 2018

Two facial toners from MERUMAYA you should try

Facial toner is a product that has been present in my skincare routine for over 20 years, I've always used it as I believed in its importance. I know some people swear by using toners, others find them unnecessary step in their skincare routine. I think it's important to soothe the skin after cleansing, balance it out and prep it for the next products that will be applied. Nowadays toners are so much better the what they used to be and can really benefit our skin if used regularly.
Today I want to talk about two toners from one of my favourite skincare brands - Merumaya (check out my brand's overview post) which I've been using for a while and they help my skin to be smoother and look brighter and more glowy.

MERUMAYA Gentle Exfoliating Toner, MERUMAYA Treatment Toner with Vitamin C

MERUMAYA Gentle Exfoliating Toner, 128ml, £17.50
Buy here: Merumaya, Amazon

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Isoeugenol

MERUMAYA Gentle Exfoliating Toner

Exfoliating toners have been very popular after the big success of Pixi Glow Tonic and I am a big fan of them. Using chemical exfoliators literally transformed my skin from very dull, textured and uneven tone to much smoother, brighter and glowing complexion. Once or twice a week I like to use my stronger treatments but on daily basis I reach for gentle toners just to maintain the benefits of deep chemical exfoliation. I use them in the evening after cleansing my skin, let them work their magic for a few minutes and then apply the rest of my products.
Merumaya's offering contains natural AHAs (Alfa Hydroxy Acids), Citric, Tartaric and Lactic Acids to gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal new skin cells below which leads to brighter, smoother, healthier looking skin. The toner also contains humectants: Glycerine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine which all attract moisture to the skin and keep it in there resulting in more hydrated, plumper skin.
The toner is very gentle, I don't experience any tingling or stinging when using it, but my skin is well accustomed to acid exfoliators so you might have a slightly different experience if you've never used them. Merumaya's products are all formulated to be gentle and suitable even for sensitive skin so even an acid novice shouldn't experience anything more then slight tingle form this toner.
Whether you're new to the world of acid exfoliators or an avid user of them I think your skin would benefit form the gentle daily exfoliation and hydration the Merumaya toner has to offer.

MERUMAYA Treatment Toner with Vitamin C, 128ml, £16.50
Buy here: Merumaya, Amazon

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Betaine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maris Aqua, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cellulose Gum, Hydrolyzed Algin, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate Parfum (Fragrance).

MERUMAYA Treatment Toner with Vitamin C

While I use exfoliating toners in the evening I like to reach for hydrating ones in the morning and this Merumaya toner has been my 'go to' for the last month and I absolutely love it. It's almost like a hybrid between a toner and an essence as it does so much more then just hydrate and balance the skin. It contains Ascorbyl Glucoside which is a stabilised natural vitamin C which activates on contact with the skin, it's a powerful anti-oxidant that protects and brightens the skin, helps to reduce the appearance of age spots over time and stimulate collagen production, all for brighter, more youthful looking complexion. This toner also contains ingredients that help to hydrate the skin: Glycerin, Betaine and Sodium Hyaluronate, so the skin is left soft and plumper, fine lines and wrinkles become less prominent over time.
I love using this toner in the morning, after cleansing my skin, it feels refreshing and makes my skin supple, glowing and perfectly ready for next skincare steps.
Although I am using many different products to tackle my textured skin, uneven skin tone and signs of aging I'm absolutely sure that adding these two toners to my skincare routine has been very beneficial. My skin is currently smoothest and brightest it's been in months, there's no signs of dehydration like in previous Winters and, in general, my skin looks good.
If you've tried any Merumaya products you know the characteristic scent they have, including the toners, which I like and find it soothing and relaxing but bare in mind that there's fragrance present if you are not a fan of it in your skincare.
Other then that I can't fault these two toners and highly recommend them to anyone wanting to update their skincare routine.
PS. Until February 28th, in order to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog, Merumaya adds to every order a fortune cookie with an inspirational quote and a discount code for a future order, so if you haven't tried their products yet now it's a good time to do it :)
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