Where to purchase: Available from the First Aid Beauty Website: LINK / Look Fantastic: LINK /
Made in: The UK
What is it?: A Fragrance + EO Free, Milky Toner that is meant to both moisturise the skin while prepping it for the next step of one’s skincare routine.
Brand Description: An Oatmeal-based toner that hydrates + soothes the skin to support overall skin health.
Supposedly Good for: Dry Skin, Normal Skin, Combination Skin
Concerns: Dryness, Fine Lines/Wrinkles, Redness, Uneven Skin Tone
What I think: Yes I think this suits All Skin Types and in particular, Combination and Sensitive Skins. This does also help with Dryness and Redness the most.
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Vegan?: No (Inclusion of Honey)
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Plastic bottle with a flip-top cap. The product doesn’t totally all fall out the dispenser, but comes out in drops.
Note: The Bottle can be recycled.
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Directions: ”Apply onto dry, clean skin and swipe over the face with a cotton pad or apply with fingers both AM and PM. Follow up with a serum and/or moisturiser.”
How I use it: I apply this in the AM + PM as it’s very watery, lightweight and mildly moisturising. I find this a bit weird to use with a cotton pad due to the milky-almost oil-like texture of this product; but it can be done.
Key Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal + Oat Kernel Extract are the two key soothing and antioxidant ingredients Mel (Honey) + Honey Ferment Extract are also added which is both hydrating/moisturising and soothing. Liquorice root + Green Tea + Beta-Glucan are Soothing Ingredients. Squalane (Emollient) and Hyaluronic Acid (Humectant) are included.
So as you can see overall, this product aims to sooth, hydrate and moisturise the skin as well as provide it with antioxidant benefits.
Full Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, glycerin, glycereth-26, squalane, sorbitan oleate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexyl salicylate, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, colloidal oatmeal, mel (honey, miel), saccharomyces/honey ferment filtrate, chrysanthemum parthenium (feverfew) extract, sodium hydroxide, potassium sorbate, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, sodium benzoate, citric acid, beta-glucan, camellia sinensis leaf extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, propolis extract, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, ethylhexylglycerin, tetrasodium edta, chlorphenesin, benzoic acid, sorbic acid
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: As you can see this is a watery milk. Definitely less sticky than the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner. It doesn’t feel sticky or tacky, but just simply is an opaque, almost-water. I think if you added far too much product, then it could become greasy feeling and tacky. This definitely has a hydrating texture > moisturising texture.
If I tilt my hand anymore, the product will run down it, showing how lightweight and watery this is.
Summer or Winter?: Oily Skins = Summer PM Toner and Winter AM/PM Toner. Dry Skins = Summer AM + PM Toner and Winter AM Toner.
Layerable?: Yes, the texture is very watery and lightweight, so this layers fine.
Good for when/if the Skin is Sensitised/Irritated by Heavy Retinol Use / Shaving?: No, this will sting (due to the Hyaluronic Acid).
Fragrance?: No added fragrance / essential oils but this does smell like oats!
Good Under Makeup?: Yes! In fact, this can be used as a Makeup Primer to really add hydration into those skins and temporarily fill fine lines/wrinkles to provide a good canvas.
How long have I been using this?: 3-4 months
Will I use until Completion?: Yes!
The Effect?: Gently hydrated skin, no more and no less. The company stated that this was great for dryness, fine lines, redness and an uneven skin tone; I think this has helped with dryness and redness (soothes), but I wouldn’t say it’s done much for an uneven skin tone and/or fine lines.
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What I like:
- Fragrance + EO Free
- Didn’t ruin my skin
- Fits with my Oily-Combo Skin
What I don’t like:
- Milky texture + oil-based feel makes this kind of unsuitable to swipe the face with a pad
- Can start to feel too oily/greasy if too much product is added
- Not intensely Moisturising
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9 (almost 4) / 5 – I think this is a fine, gentle toner/essence that hydrates the skin and soothes it while providing some emollient ingredients! I do think those who prefer lighter toners and want to provide the skin with hydration and a little bit of moisturisation while soothing the skin, then this is a decent product! It’s also a good essence/toner to use to prep the skin for makeup. It’s not the most moisturising and it does sting if the skin is irritated, but I appreciate that it doesn’t make my skin feel like it’s suffocating (even if I add too much and the skin may start to become a bit more sticker/oilier).
Would I repurchase?: Yes!
Dupe?: I think this is a Dupe of the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (Lighter and more suitable to Oily-Combo Skins).
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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