With summer now firmly in full swing, I find myself drawn to lighter hydrating products such as toners and facial mists to keep my skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Lately I've been testing out my first THEFACESHOP toner and I'm finally ready to share my thoughts!
THEFACESHOP White Seed Brightening Toner is part of the hydrating sub-category of toners. There are various types of purposes for toners, but generally they are to be used for either cleansing or hydrating skin. In all cases, toners are the perfect way to reset your skin's moisture balance and prep it for your heavier duty products. The White Seed Brightening Toner is part of the hydrating group of toners and is designed to provide a splash of moisture and luminosity to parched skin. What makes this toner unique is THEFACESHOP's special White Seed complex, which contains a mix of brightening ingredients such as White Lupin Seed to make skin more translucent and softer. The White Seed Brightening Toner is also formulated without the use of parabens, animal-sourced ingredients, mineral oil, talc and paraffin.
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Propanediol - a moisturizer that also enhances the penetration of other ingredients
- 1,2-hexanediol - a humectant (draws moisture to skin) and preservative
- Niacinamide - helps fight hyper-pigmentation and repair UV damage while also fighting signs of aging and evening skin tone. Studies have shown it to be effective at percentages of at least 5%, but it's unknown how much this toner contains
- Hydrogenated polydecene - a moisturizer
Other ingredients of note are white lupin seed (moisturizing), daisy flower extract (moisturizing, anti-inflammatory but also oddly can be irritating), willow bark extract (astringent) and quinoa seed extract (moisturizing).
Price & Packaging
A 145 ml bottle costs $32 and comes packaged in an opaque plastic bottle with a simple pump dispenser. Like most THEFACESHOP products, the White Seed Brightening Toner is quite simple and clean looking. 145 ml is also a very generous amount so even though $32 may seem a little pricey at first, I think it works out pretty well in the end as you only need 1 pump per use!
The main claims for this toner is that it will hydrate and brighten. Since I've only been using this a few weeks, it's hard to say how effective the White Seed Brightening Toner is at brightening. I haven't noticed any significant change in terms of my skin's luminosity, but since this toner does contain a healthy amount of niacinamide, perhaps over time I'll notice something!
So far, I've been using this toner twice daily. I love using it right after cleansing with one pump each for my face and neck. Like most moisturizing toners, I recommend squirting the toner onto your fingers or palms and then gently pressing it into the skin. The White Seed Brightening Toner provides a lovely splash of moisture to my skin and acts as a damp base for my creams and serums that helps them to absorb more readily.
Buy - nothing terribly exciting to report here, but this toner contains lots of moisturizers and does a solid job at prepping my skin and helping it to feel supple and comfortable after cleansing.
*This post contains PR samples