Who doesn’t love toner? Even though they are not a staple on everyone’s skincare routine, it is so refreshing and always a pleasure to apply. Toner can help balance out your skin pH as well as adding hydration to your skin. When you’re living in a hot season, it can feel super refreshing, and yet for the cold season, they can add a layer of hydration! You can never go wrong with a toner.
When it comes to toner, I like it to have a well-balanced pH, with a light, water-like texture that doesn’t leave any tackiness behind. If a toner is packed with ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and soothing ingredients, it is another extra point. Just an amazing way to kick-off your routine, both day and night.
I have been enjoying the Dear Klairs, Daily Skin Hydrating Water these days. It is a vegan-friendly toner that is packed with green tea and moisturizing ingredients that help soothes and moisturizes dry skin.
It is packed in this HUGE 500ml plastic bottle. Of course, it comes with its benefit and downside. This size is perfect for those of you who just can’t live without toner and use them religiously every single day. Although it is not a travel-friendly option, this kind of packaging is more worth it since it is pretty much more economical and better for the environment. If you found yourself getting to buy the toner every other month, this toner will last you for a while and you don’t have to waste another plastic bottle of toner as often any longer. If you often travel, you can decant some of the product to a travel-size toner bottle.
Texture and scent:
The product has a water-like texture to it with no viscosity. Almost feels like water but the difference is that it is much more hydrating than just water (of course). This toner is also unscented, so you can barely smell anything.
The ingredients of this toner are very simple and straight-forward. The main ingredient of this hydrating water is 45% Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf water. Let’s talk about each of the star ingredients in detail:
Green tea leaf water
Green tea leaf water is a great source of antioxidants with amazing soothing properties. It is rich in polyphenols and EGCG which is an ingredient that can help fight off free radicals. Green tea has also been shown to be beneficial to control acne and sebum.
Calendula flower water
Calendula or commonly called the pot marigold is a staple in British cottage gardens. Not only that they are pretty but they are also beneficial for our skin. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to promote wound healing and sensitive skin.
Coconut water is rich in nutrients and vitamins. It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and a good source of vitamin B-complex. It works as an antioxidant that helps to remove any unwanted cell-damaging free radicals on our skin.
It works as a humectant, it holds water in the skin and leaves our skin feeling supple, moisturized, and soft. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps restore the skin barrier.
Another plant-derived ingredient from sugar beets can help skin retain water. It improves our skin’s natural barrier and hydration.
INCI list: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Betaine, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA
How to use:
There are so many different ways that you can use this hydrating water. These are the ways I like to use it:
- Pat it directly with your palm: Pour the toner to your palm and then pat them on your skin until it is fully absorbed. While using this method, it may be a little messy, however it is a very practical and easy way to use it!
- Use cotton pads: Soak your cotton pads with the hydrating water and then wipe it all over your skin. It will help remove any remaining dirt from your skin so that your skin is ready to soak in all the other skincare goodness.
- Cotton mask: This method is pretty much similar to the previous one, the only difference is that you let the cotton sit on a specific area for about 5 – 10 minutes. I like to use this method a lot whenever my skin is irritated on several spots. Whenever my cheeks or forehead are feeling dehydrated.
- Compressed sheet mask: If your whole face is feeling dry and dehydrated, you can get a compressed sheet mask and then soak this sheet mask with the hydrating water and apply it as a sheet mask.
This is such a simple, versatile hydrating, and soothing toner that all toner-obsessed should have on their stash. The product is not fragranced and doesn’t contain any possibly irritating ingredients making them safe for even those with sensitive skin. Lastly, if you are thinking about ways to minimize your skincare waste, this is one of the ways you can do it, get a large-size product!