I use salicylic acid/glycolic acid treatments on my face, which help exfoliate skin. After washing, I always go over my face with toner on a cotton pad and as it helps remove the dead skin cells surfaced by the treatments. Not every toner does this well - Simple Toner is one of those toners where I can really see the 'dirt' and dead skin cells on the cotton pad (probably due to the allantoin), showing that it really does help remove any remaining traces of dirt or dead skin cells from my face.
Simple Toner is light and fragrance free and suitable for all skintypes. It is very, very gentle. Let me do a breakdown of some of the good ingredients:
- Sorbitol: Humectant
- Sodium PCA: Humectant and part of our skin's natural moisturizing factor. I love this ingredient.
- Allantoin: Anti-inflammatory, soothing. It promotes cell replication, helps the outer layer of dead skin cells to loosen and shed, and hence increases the smoothness of skin. I love this ingredient too!
- Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate, Chamomilla Recutita Extract: Witch hazel and chamomile calms and soothes skin.
The rest of the ingredients are filler - surfactants, preservatives and humectants that are present in smaller amounts and shouldn't affect the product so much. Most have low hazard scores on the EWG Skin Deep Database. However, on the Paula's Choice website, it states "formaldehyde-releasing preservative 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol makes it not so good for sensitive skin."
Ingredients: Aqua, Sorbitol, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben
In conclusion - this is a basic toner that never fails me, which I have repurchased countless times. I know I can count on it to balance out my skin when it goes wonky from trying out different products. Plus, it's affordable! Even if I stop using it sometimes when I'm trying other toners, I know for sure I will repurchase it. If you're only just starting to look after your skin and are on a budget, look no further - this is the toner for you.