Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Himalaya Herbals Gentle Refreshing Toner

Toner is a must in my skincare regime. A few minutes after I use the facial cleanser, my face feels tight and dry until I apply the toner. Basically toners act to remove residue which is left by your cleanser, provides hydration, tightens pores, and balances the PH of the skin. Those functions at the end will help to prevent pimples.

The alcohol-free alcohol would be the best. Applying alcohol in long term silently will remove the moisture of the skin thus will speed up the aging process. This bad effect will not instantly visible since it works from the inside. But, not all alcohols are bad. According to a forum discussion here, I got information about the good and bad alcohols.

The should be avoided alcohol is alcohol denat or denatured alcohol for it is going to dry up the skin in the long term usage, while the should be fine alcohol are cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, myristic alcohol, polyvincyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, phenethyl alcohol which are used as thickeners.

One of the alcohol-free toner is Himalaya Herbals Gentle Refreshing Toner which claims to purify and refreshes your skin. The key ingredients, Lemon and Jasmine, cleanse and refresh your skin, while Sensitive plant controls excess oil secretion. Sweet marjoram nourishes the skin to keep it radiant and healthy


Full size 200 ml

Key Ingredients
Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica), Jasmine (Jasminum sambac) , Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), and Lemon (Citrus limon)

Other Ingredients
Aqua, glycerin, polyoxyethylene, hydrogenated castor oil, aluminium potassium sulphate, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, fragrance, CI No. 42090

Use Directions
After using cleansing milk or facial cleanser, pour a few drops of Gentle Refreshing Toner on a cotton pad and wipe thoroughly over your face and neck.

The toner is claimed to be:
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Ayurvedic product
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • No harmful chemicals
  • Clinically proven for effectiveness

Once being applied, my skin feels refreshed and looks glossy. The toner indeed feels so natural. No drying or sting feel, so light.

Cons
  • Though it claims to reduce the oil secretion and keep the skin oil-free, it leaves sticky film and leads my face to over-oily few minutes later.
  • It’s rather hard to pour out the toner from its bottle. The tip of the bottle is sealed and there is a tiny hole as the exit entrance of the liquid. I think the hole in the center of the seal is too small so that only small amount of the liquid can be poured out. I need to do a little effort to get the sufficient amount of toner that I need.

Pros
It is herbal in nature, so I don’t need to worry about skin problems caused by harsh or chemical substances
Alcohol-free

Tips
Ensure that all the remaining water during cleansing time have been removed before applying toner. Soon afterward, apply the toner on your damp skin. Toner will trap the moisture inside the skin hence your skin will hydrates longer.

10 comments:

Miss K. You said...

Hello dear, I will try your recommendation and get a good alcohol-free toner! It will take me a while to look for a good one though.. anyways come by for your award! :)

mapple said...

Hi Miss K. You! I'm glad to read your comment^^ Hope you get the good one. And about the award .. wow I have been thinking about the interesting facts about myself and can't wait to post it :">

Ceecile ~Priscilla Clara~ ^^ said...

Alcohol free toner?? I happen to be just bought one! ^^ Wah, you and I are really soulmate in beauty, hehe..
I bought The Body Shop Aloe Vera Toner, really simple toner and no alcohol denat in it.. me likey.. ^^
soft and hydrating.. suits my oily-acne prone-sensitive skin, hehe.. ^^

mapple said...

Hi Ceecile ^-^ u're right, we are soulmate haha .. sometimes I wonder why it is like a coincidence. I just bought an item, then several days later I know that another girl is also do the same :)
by the way, don't forget to post the review of TBS aloe vera ^^

Miss K. You said...

Mapple, you have another award!

twinsouls888 said...

tnx for this post, very nice review :)

Miss K. You said...

Don't worry dear.. definitely take your time, awards are just for fun!

mapple said...

@miss K.You I have posted one award^^ still need some times to post another one ^-^

@twinsouls888 thanks for reading dear :">

poetry levianny said...

thanks for sharing. i also use himalaya neem face wash, moisturizer and himalaya purifying mud pack. so far, i love this product. and now i want try its toner hhehe thanks.

visit http://poetrypoesar.blogspot.com/

mapple said...

hi Poetry, thanks for reading! the mud pack is quiet good indeed ^^