A PERFECT BALANCE!
I have used The Glycolic Lactic Toner in my practice since the very beginning. With global warming and pollution, I noticed that the majority of people's skin was becoming dehydrated and more sensitive. My clients needed an acidic toner but I did not want them to end up with irritated or red skin. While AHAs play a tremendous role as exfoliants and pH balancing agents, they can also be drying to the skin and negatively affect the barrier. So, for my second formulation, I included humectants such as Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Leaf Juice... and the perfect balance was achieved!
My Glycolic Lactic Toner offers several benefits for the skin. Let's explore the key ingredients and their specific advantages:
Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid
These alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are renowned for their exfoliating properties. They gently remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, promoting cellular turnover and revealing a smoother, brighter complexion. Regular use of AHAs can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture, and hyperpigmentation.
Also known as provitamin B5, panthenol is a hydrating and soothing ingredient. It helps to improve skin moisture levels, reducing dryness and promoting softness and elasticity. Panthenol also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for calming and soothing irritated or sensitive skin.
A popular skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that attracts and retains moisture within the skin. It helps to hydrate and plump the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and giving a more youthful, supple appearance. Hyaluronic acid also supports the skin's natural barrier function, protecting it from external stressors.
Sodium PCA is a natural humectant derived from amino acids. It has excellent water-binding properties, helping to attract and hold moisture in the skin. By maintaining optimal hydration levels, sodium PCA improves skin elasticity, softness, and overall complexion.
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Aloe vera is known for its soothing and healing properties. It helps to calm irritated or inflamed skin and provides gentle hydration. Aloe vera also contains antioxidants that can protect the skin against environmental damage and promote a more even skin tone.
Willow Bark Extract
Willowbark extract contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) known for its exfoliating and pore-clearing abilities. It helps to unclog pores, reduce acne breakouts, and promote a smoother skin texture. Willowbark extract also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and calm the skin.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that helps to tighten and tone the skin. It can minimize the appearance of pores and reduce excess oil production, making it suitable for oily or acne-prone skin. Witch hazel also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate redness and irritation.
Overall, this Glycolic Lactic Toner with panthenol, hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, aloe vera leaf juice, willow bark extract, and witch hazel offers a multitude of benefits. It provides gentle exfoliation, hydration, soothing properties, and can improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. It is important to note that individual results may vary, and it is advisable to patch test new products before incorporating them into your skincare routine.