Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Bite-sized beauty: Facetheory Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner - more then just a toner

Toners have been present in my skincare routine for a long time, ever since I started having some routine in place in my teenage years. First, they were almost like a part of a cleansing routine, used after cleansing to remove the remnants of makeup or/and dirt, I did not do a double cleansing by then ;) 
I would also use toners to mattify my skin and to 'shrink' my pores. I know, I know, there's no such thing but my skincare knowledge over 20 years ago was minimal and toners often contained alcohol and actually were promoting this elusive idea of making our pores much smaller. But that's a long story for another post :)

In recent years toners have evolved so much, most of them are actually packed with great ingredients and no longer act as the 'let me sweep the crumbs' products but as the first step after cleansing to soothe the skin and prep it for the next layers of skincare products. 

I have tried many great toners over the years and my skincare routine isn't complete without a one, and today I want to talk to you about my latest great discovery. 

Facetheory Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner, £14.99 for 200ml 

Buy here: Facetheory 

Aqua, propanediol (humectant derived from corn syrup), niacinamide (vitamin B3), sodium ascorbyl phosphate (stabilised vitamin C), lactic acid (pH adjuster/AHA), glycerin (humectant), sodium lactate (natural moisturising factor), polyglyceryl-6 caprate (vegetable-derived emulsifier), polyglyceryl-3 cocoate (vegetable-derived emulsifier), polyglyceryl-4 caprate (vegetable-derived emulsifier), polyglyceryl-6 ricinoleate (vegetable-derived emulsifier), panthenol (vitamin B5), sodium levulinate (preservative derived from sugar cane), sodium anisate (preservative derived from star anise), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice (hydration), glyceryl caprylate (emollient), tocopherol (natural vitamin E), xanthan gum (stabiliser), olive glycerides (olive fatty acids), ceramide 3 (plant ceramides).

The texture of this toner is more like of an essence, it has some substance to it, it feels a bit tacky on the skin, almost oily but it sinks in within a minute or so and it creates a great base for the next skincare steps. It adds hydration to the skin and I find it as an excellent step before retinol or acid serums which can be a bit drying and/or irritating. 
The main reason I decided to try this toner was one of its main ingredients: niacinamide (vitamin B3), which has lots of benefits from regulating oil production, tightening pores, softening lines and wrinkles to strengthening and improving the skin's barrier. It's one of those skincare ingredients that you want to have in your skincare routine. 

The Cera-C Toner contains also stabilized vitamin C which contributes to brighter, more even skin and it's an excellent antioxidant. 
Ceramide is a component of protective layer of our skin that helps to retain moisture. It declines with age and exposure to environmental factors hence using skincare products containing it helps to replenish and restore skin's natural balance and moisture. The Facetheory toner also contains ceramides. 
There are also other good ingredients like lactic acid, panthenol, vitamin E which all help to make our skin look healthier. 

If your skincare routine is lacking a toner or you'd like to try one that actually will benefit your skin then I highly recommend the Cera-C Toner by Facetheory. I've been using it for around two months, every night, and |I'm really enjoying it. I can't say that my pores have reduced significantly because I doubt that it's even possible but my skin looks more even and it gets less congested. Although I do use other products to contribute to that I believe the toner has made a difference as well. 


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