Over the years I have used different exfoliating toners, Clarins, Kate Sommerville, Nuxe etc. I am also a face pack/face mask enthusiast. Turmeric and yogurt (love it), besan (Bengal gram flour) and one of my favourites, Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate face mask. Read post here.
The last toner I used was the Pixi Glow tonic and after two bottles of that I decided nah! Not re-purchasing that one. The Pixi Glow was a yawn fest for my skin.
Thanks to Renee from Gothamista and Stephanie Nicole, I discovered this toner by Tarte. A combination of Salicylic and Lactic acid. And this is one of the BEST exfoliating toners I have ever used.
It tingles (stings) especially when you first start to use it but its effective AF. I use it once a week and my skin is soft and smooth….overnight. Incredible.
Ofcourse it tingles/stings less and less as your skin gets used to it, but the sting is always there. I now notice it around certain areas of my face and not at all on others.
What I love about this toner is how effective it is with blackheads and sunspots.
Nothing annoys me more than the blackheads on my nose. Biore strips and Philosophy’s salicyclic white clay mask are effective but it comes back! With this toner they stay away a whole lot longer.
And the sun spots, those just make me sad. I can ‘see’ where the sun’s UVA/UVB rays have literally burn’t ‘holes’ in my skin.
Retinol and exfoliation makes the skin photo-sensitive and I am vigilant about SPF. I go SPF40++++ and always make sure its the recommended 1/4 tsp for the face. Sunny, cloudy or rainy doesn’t matter. I also wait the recommended 15-30 mins but my problem is re-application. Frankly impossible over makeup.
This toner has managed to lighten these spots which is something I hadn’t expected at all.
I use it at night and never apply my usual vitamin C serum or my retinol serum over it.
Once dry, as Tarte instructs, I pat on a hydrating serum. I use the Hada Labo hyaluronic acid serum. Feels soothing and hydrating after the sting of the toner. I end with a facial oil.
Product Details: A vegan toner. Helps resurface skin and balance its pH. Knockout Tingling Treatment transforms your skin while you sleep with a 10 percent acid complex. It helps minimize appearance of pores and control oil with salicylic and lactic acids, while working to clarify, soothe, and hydrate with sulfur, niacinamide, and glycerin.