I was asked to review another product from the Stages Of Beauty line. To be honest, I am still using the Stages of Beauty moisturizer every evening. It calms my skin and I wake up with balanced skin every morning. I can't ask for much more than that...except maybe looking 20 years younger. Oh well. So when I was asked to review the toner I said yes immediately. I did, however, ask to review the toner in the age 30's group. I did this because I felt that the benefits of this tone was better suited towards my skin right now. I know I'm supposed to use the toner for 40's but I don't feel, act or look like I'm 40 so I decided to be a rebel and go one stage younger.(really, I just like pink)
The thing that happened when I was testing The Stages Of Beauty Harmony Invigorating Toner was....well I started to question if I really needed a toner in my routine at all. There are so many beauty experts out there that say you don't need one. I'm no expert, and you should decide what is really right for you, but I personally have found that I like to use toners in my skin care routine. I prefer toners that are alcohol free, smell nice and leave my skin feeling "clean". I put "clean" in quotation marks because I want people to understand that even after oil cleansing and using a regular cleanser sometimes I feel like I need a little boost to getting every last trace of makeup, dirt and oil off of my face at night. 9 times out of 10 when I use a toner I see no residual traces of makeup, dirt or oil on the cotton pad after going over my face. But it's that 10th time, that 10th time that will lead to a blemish or some other skin malady that I want to avoid.
The Stages Of Beauty Harmony Invigorating Toner for 30s claims to "balance and rejuvenate the skin..." The toner contains "Citrus antioxidants help repair damage, while wildflower botanicals help promote cellular renewal and peptides help fight fine lines and wrinkles. This toner works to balance the pH of the skin after cleansing and allows for better absorption of products applied afterwards."
The Stages of Beauty the toner contains, Monk’s Pepper extract and Red Tea extract. These are are both considered antioxidants. "red tea may be better for directly treating signs of aging, as it contains alpha hydroxy acid. " says Nicki from Future Derm Blog.
OK. This is getting a little boring, no?
How about Will Wheaton doing Jazz Hands?
You want to know how it works, right? You don't want to hear about "Monk’s Pepper Berry Extract", which is an anti-oxidant that has been shown to dramatically improve the vitality and appearance of skin while fighting signs of aging.
It is derived from the Mediterranean chaste tree and has also been proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also visibly improves elasticity and firmness in the skin.
You probably don't want to hear about "Red Tea Extract" A plant found in the in mountains of South Africa. Yeah. Dull stuff.
You probably don't care that Red Tea Extract isn't even a tea, but it has been shown to act as an both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. You also probably don't care that Red Tea is full of awesome vitamins and minerals that promote younger and healthier looking skin.
You probably have never heard of Western Dock. So I don't need to tell you that The extract of the Western Dock plant contain Tyrosinase inhibitory enzymes that lighten the appearance of unwanted dark spots.
I bet for certain you don't care about the Seaweed Extract that helps reduce oxidative skin stressor molecules either.
Good thing. Because I'm not going to prattle on about all that.
You want to hear how this stuff actually works. OK. I'll tell you.
I like it!
I use it in the AM to revive my skin and it gives a slight firming effect to my skin. It does not make me overly oily and does not interfere with the rest of my skincare routine. In the PM I use it after cleansing just to make sure I got every last trace of anything off of my skin. It preps my skin perfectly for my nighttime treatments. All in all, my skin has been calmer looking, healthier looking and slightly more radiant/glowy looking since I have been using it. WIN!
Do you NEED this? Well experts say toners aren't necessary. I disagree, but then again, I'm no "expert" I just know what works for my skin. I liked this toner. I thought it was very nice. Will I buy it when I run out? YES! It is about the same price as the Dior Toner I was using before I received this one, and I really like the spray bottle on the Stages Of Beauty Toner. The Stages Of Beauty Harmony Invigorating Toner retails for $19.99 for 120 ml and The Dior is $32 for ~198 ml, for both, that's approx $0.16 a ml. All in all I'm very happy with my Stages Of Beauty Products. Whenever my skin gets cranky because I'm using a new makeup or skincare product that doesn't agree with me, I can rely on the Stages of Beauty products to calm my skin and make me look great once again.