Name: Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Brand: Liz Earle
From Liz Earle’s website:
This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture.
What I liked:
- beneficial ingredients
- doesn’t contain alcohol
- moisturizes skin
- helps remove traces of makeup
- gives skin a refreshing feeling
- lovely scent
- available in several sizes
What I didn’t like:
- twist-up cap of the packaging
As my regular readers know, I don’t really use toners. I tried a few in the past and they never did anything at all for my skin so I just considered it as a useless extra step in my skincare routine. So when Liz Earle asked me if I was interested to try their Instant Boost Skin Toner, I wasn’t sure what to do but after taking a good look at the ingredient list, I decided to accept.
Most toners on the market either contain alcohol, which is harmful and irritating to the skin, or are just colored water that only give a refreshing feeling to the skin. In any case, I just think they are a waste of money. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Toner is instead, very well formulated. Not only it doesn’t contain alcohol, but the main ingredient is Aloe Vera, which moisturizes skin, gives it a fresh feeling and has antioxidant properties. Other antioxidants included in the toner, which is paraben-free, are cucumber extract and chamomile extract.
The tonic is a clear liquid with a lightweight consistency that is slighter heavier than water, probably because of aloe vera. This ingredient is also responsible for the barely tacky feeling on the skin upon application, but this disappears almost instantly so it doesn’t really bother me at all, and the toner is quickly absorbed. It has also a strong floral scent which made me worry at first it would put me off from using the toner (I hate strong floral scents!) but this one is truly heavenly. It is floral, but fresh, not too sweet nor overpowering.
But how does this perform on the skin? Well, it provides a refreshing feeling and removes any traces of makeup that may be left behind by your cleanser, like any toner does. In addition, it soothes and moisturizes skin, leaving it clean, hydrated and looking good. However, I have to admit that I didn’t notice any major change in the appearance of my skin since I started using this toner. Keep in mind though, that my skin is behaving really well lately and while this toner may not have provided visible benefits, it didn’t even make my skin worse.
Still, I love this toner and if I were to use one on a regular basis, I would definitely use this one. Why? Because even though there were no visible improvements in my skin, the moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients included in this toner, unlike those that contain alcohol, witch hazel or are just colored water, can only benefit skin. Since it contains antioxidants, this may be one of those products that just keeps skin in great condition and the beneficial effects are more visible in the long run instead than after a month.
The toner comes in a tube that twists up to reveal a hole. I don’t like it that much because sometimes, when I twist it up, some of the toner pours out, getting wasted. However, if you’re interested in trying this toner, don’t let this twist-up mechanisms put you off. One of the things I love the most about Liz Earle is that their products come in different sizes (and packaging) and this toner is also available in a spritzer container for just a few more scents (200ml for £12.00) Or you can try a smaller version: both the 50ml bottle version and the 30ml spritzer one retail at only £4.85.
Available at: http://uk.lizearle.com/
If you’re looking for a toner, Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin would be a great choice. Alcohol and paraben-free, this well-formulated toner contains antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients that soothe skin, moisturize it as well as giving it a refreshing feeling and removing any traces of makeup that your cleanser left on your face. It also has a wonderful floral scent. The tube packaging has a twist-up cap that sometimes accidentally pours out the product when you twist it but the toner is also available in a spritzer container.