Toners have always confused me: we learn that ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ is the holy grail of perfect skin but if we left the middle step out would we actually be any worse off? What’s in that stuff anyway?
Traditionally toners have been packed full of alcohol and were really drying, but modern formulas are far gentler, and have been designed to balance things out, act as an exfoliator and hydrate your skin. Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic is one such product, infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to revive radiance and even out your skin tone. It contains a high concentration (5%) of glycolic acid – an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that exfoliates and stimulates collagen. Glycolic penetrates the skin, smoothing fine lines, helping to fade pigment irregularities and giving you a brighter, healthier, more youthful complexion. The kiwi extract adds vitamin C to the mix: the perfect antidote to tired skin, renowned for its ability to even out skin tone whilst protecting you from nasty free radicals. If you’re a fan of Pixi’s cult Glow Tonic, this is a £5.99 dupe (without the ginseng or aloe vera).
The Naturally Radiant toner smells divinely soothing, and is very refreshing. It left my skin feeling smooth, but *really* warm – this was a bit alarming and I might not use it every day for this reason. I have normal skin, but if yours is sensitive, you might want to take it easy. I have quite visible pores on my chin and cheeks but after a couple of weeks’ use I could definitely see an improvement. As a bonus, it’s cruelty-free and vegan: animal lovers rejoice!
With summer now a distant memory, I’ve had my fair share of sunshine and been left with quite a lot of pigmentation, including sun spots. And although they’ve not budged yet with the use of this product, I do think there’s been an improvement in my overall skin tone.
I’m a sucker for a dupe, but only if its performance is up to scratch. In this case, the Naturally Radiant Tonic easily equals its pricier counterpart. Snap one up: it’s a steal!
You can find the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic in-store and online at Superdrug, where it’s currently Buy One, Get One Free!