Toners have gone through a lot of hype but also a lot of misconceptions. Toners are liquid products that you are supposed to use after you clean your face and are set to “tone” the skin. While toners do not necessarily “tone the skin” and if you ask me are not an absolute must have, they can help take your skincare to the next level.
However, this is only possible if the toner is highly nutritious for your skin and sadly most toners out there are not. If you are going to take your skincare to the next level by using a product that is not necessarily a must (especially if your skincare is very good to begin with) then you really need to use a product that will truly add something to the process.
My favourite toner so far and one of the most skin nutritious toners out there, is the Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner. It’s suitable for all skin types (although if you have sensitive skin test it first) and will truly elevate your regime.
Let’s have a detailed look.
The Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner doesn’t come with outer packaging but other Paula’s Choice products do.
The toner comes in a plastic sturdy bottle with a screw on lid. The bottle has a typical toner, small hole, opening to allow the liquid to flow through.
Interestingly, Paula’s Choice is going through some product packaging re-design and so at the moment of writting you might find this product in both it’s old and new bottle design. Worry not though as the formulation is exactly the same.
The old toner bottle had a metallic blue background colour, whereas the new one has a matte baby blue background colour. There are also some differences in the text and what the bottle says at the front but overall the claims for the product are the same, which makes sense as the formulation has not changed. The lid colour also changed, with the old being silver and the new white.
I personally liked the old design better, the new one almost looks “unfinished” to me but aw well!
The important thing to know is that if a toner bottle is new it will have a Paula’s Choice skincare sticker, holding the lid to the bottle, so look out for it if you want to ensure that the product is new and noone has opened it.
A 118mL bottle retails for £22 which is neither cheap or expensive. However, considering the ingredients it contains it is very cheap and completely worth the cash.
One bottle will last you 3months+ depending on usage.
Texture and Colour
The toner is a colourless liquid with a water-like texture. It’s very easy to spread and is absorbed quickly by a cotton pad.
For this reason and to maximise usage and take advantage of the great ingredients, I use mine as a little mini mask, especially around pores, when I have 5 minutes, using the Hydrapuff. Check out “Enhance your Skincare with Korean Beauty Secrets – Jinmee Hydrapuff Super Absorbent Skincare Sheets”.
You can leave it on the skin for as long as you feel comfortable but remember that the Hydrapuff releases a lot of product so you only need to put on a small amount and keep it on for a short period of time.
The Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner doesn’t contain fragrance however, it has a subtle cosmetic floral type scent. I personally find it neither pleasant or unpleasant but it’s definitely not a bad smell and it’s subtle enough that you might not even smell it.
This product is compatible with normal, oily and combination skin types. If you have sensitive skin you might still be able to use it as some of the irritant ingredients present in this toner are also commonly found in sensitive skin products! If you are concerned, try a little at the back of your hand first.
I have oily skin and this toner works very well for me. It has helped reduce my pores a little (in combination with other products such as theEstée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum) and it makes my skin feel clean but not dry.
This product lasts for 12M which is more than enough time to use it up.
Paula’s Choice products are not animal tested and do not contain fragrance.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Super-light, anti-ageing toner prevents signs of ageing and refines pores.”
Practicality of use – user experience
The Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is very easy to use. The bottle has a large opening that allows the toner to flow out while you tip the bottle, like any toner. It’s not as controlled as perhaps I would have liked but it’s also not as big of an opening as some other toners.
The product itself is also very easy to use. Its watery texture makes it easy to be absorbed by a cotton pad, spread and be absorbed by the skin. It doesn’t leave any residues behind and it’s overall a pleasant experience.
I can’t say that I’ve noticed miracles from using this toner but you really shouldn’t anyways. Your other skincare (moisturiser, serums etc) should be doing most of the heavy lifting and your toner should be an addon. If you notice massive changes then perhaps you might need to reconsider your other skincare products!
I do love this toner though and I think it’s worth using and paying the cash for it. It removes the little makeup and dirt that is sometimes left after cleansing and it nourishes the skin. It doesn’t dry the skin but also doesn’t feel unnatural or sticky.
It feels like the perfect pre-treatment or addon to a good skincare routine and if you use it consistently it might even help tighter your pores while keeping as your skin as young as possible.
This toner contains 24 ingredients of which 21 will offer you some skin care benefit (some more than others of course), no ingredient negatives and 6 potential irritants.
The ingredients are overall very good and definitely one of the best out there when it comes to toners. This product will overall nourish your skin and offer benefits such as anti-ageing effects from it’s anti-oxidants, skin replenishing effects and more.
Additionally, this toner has a pH of 5, which is within our skin’s normal pH levels, meaning that it is a good product for maintaining healthy skin function. Even if you ignore all the skincare goodies, this product is good for ensuring that your skin has been returned to the right pH after cleansing etc.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water (Aqua) based formulation.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Ethoxydiglycol – Primarily a solvent but can also act as a humectant.
- Niacinamide– A form of vitamin B3 and a skin conditioner. A skin restoring ingredient that can improve the appearance of pores and fine lines, even out skin tone and reduce dullness.
- Acetyl Glucosamide – A skin conditioner and skin brightener especially when combined with Niacinamide. This ingredient can help diminish signs of ageing. A skin replenishing amino sugar of mucopolysaccharides which are the primary constituents to hyaluronic acid.
- Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract – A skin protector and soother.
- Resveratrol– A potent polyphenolic antioxidant that can also calm the skin and minimize redness.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” molecule. Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
- Palmitoyl Tetrapetide-7 – As the name tetra suggests, this is a four amino acid peptide that works as a skin restorer with anti-ageing properties. Can reduce inflammation which in turn can reduce ageing characteristics such as wrinkles, skin sagging etc.
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 – Stimulates collagen production, conditions and helps restore skin. Can reduce wrinkle length and depth as well as skin roughness.
- Phospholipids – This refers to a class of compounds which are naturally found in the skin and therefore can act as skin conditioners and replenishers.
- Epigallocatechin Gallate – The major polyphenolic compound in green tea that acts as a skin soother and anti-oxidant. It is also said to have anti-flammatory effects, delay cellular ageing and stabilise sensitive and irritate skin although some report it as an allergen. May synergistically increase sun protection when used in combination with a sunscreen.
- Carnosine – Made of amino acids and acts as a skin conditioner, skin soother, anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory agent.
- Genistein – A skin soother, rich in anti-oxidants.
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract – Skin conditioner, anti-oxidant, humectant, helps control oil production and can calm and soothe acne-prone skin. Some claim it can also whiten and moisturise.
- Adenosine – Skin restoring and soothing ingredient. Can improve the skin’s smoothess and has anti-ageing benefits.
- Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
- Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Polysorbate 20 – Can lubricate and sooth the skin.
- Butylene glycol– Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this toner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethoxydiglycol, Niacinamide*, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
* Niacinamide – Usually not an irritant but since it is found in a product with acidic pH (pH 5), it can potentially hydrolyse and form nicotinic acid which in turn can cause irritation.
Full list of ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamide, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Resveratrol , Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tetrapetide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Phospholipids, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Carnosine, Genistein, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
This is one of the best toners out there and it doesn’t break the bank either. It’s very nourishing to the skin and it even helps remove a little left over makeup or dirt while returning the skin to the right pH. It doesn’t leave the skin dry or sticky and it works for most skin types. It is the perfect addon to take your skincare to the next level.
I highly recommend this product.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
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