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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Which toner (lotion) is the best for me?

Environ has 5 toners/ lotions to choose. Which one is the best for my skin?

AVST Moisturising Toner (200ml) - £34

This toner works in synergy with Environ's face cream to assist better penetration of vitamins and other active ingredients - with a special ingredient 'Transcutol". Also it is mildly exfoliating and balancing pH with lactic acid. Great for all types of skin.

How to use: Use as a general toner, am & pm after cleaning the face.

AVST Hydrating Lotion (200ml) - £39.95

It is a treatment lotion can be used for both face & body. It contains lactic acid which exerts more properties of acid than AVST Moisturising Toner (due to higher amount). It is great for photo damage (rough surface etc), post acne scar, pigmentation, congestion/ acne and dry skin. Also it really works for dry and rough skin of heels and knees! It is a bit sticky texture and may cause a slight tingling sensation (to be aware). It is a lotion but can be replaced with AVST Moisturising Toner for both toner & lotion effect.

Lactic acid assists:

  • Natural exfoliation
  • Smoothes and softens 
  • Hydrating
  • Brightening
  • Inhibits melanin production
  • Increases penetration of vitamin A
How to use: Use with cotton pads. Starting with once a day then gradually increase to twice a day. It can be used continuously. Can be used throughout the year.

C-Quence Toner (200ml) - £ 45

It has a name 'toner' but it is really a treatment lotion. Like AVST Moisturising Toner, it assists a better penetration of active ingredient (Transcutol), but also contains peptide (Matrixyl) for a better collagen and elastin production. I have few fans of this item for a long period of time. 

Clarifying Lotion (100ml) - £34

This is a special lotion for hyper-pigmentation used only for the affected area (thus you need to use a toner for a whole face after cleansing before this lotion). Pigmentation is sometime not easy one to treat, but this lotion has a really good feedback! Niacinamide (vitamin B3) draws out pigmentation from melanocytes, and sepiwhite manage and control the amount of melanin. It has also transcutol to enhance the penetration of Environ face cream. 

Caution: As this lotion initially draw out the pigmentation, it will worsen the colour for a little white. It may cause a slight tingling sensation while application. 

How to use: It is better that your skin is already exposed to vitamin A for a little while before start using if you have a sensitive skin. Apply the lotion with fingertips on the individual areas, both am & pm. 

Contra indications: Roaccutane users, Retin A, irritated skin 

Alpha Toner Forte (200ml) - £ 39.95

It contains stronger acid than AVST Moisturising Toner, it is recommended for rough/ photo damage, textural problem and acne skin. It contains glycolic acid (not lactic acid).

Glycolic acid assists:
  • Promoting exfolication
  • Refine and smooth
  • Supports acid mantle of the skin
  • Minimise bacterial growth
  • Helps penetration of vitamins
How to use: Start using after your skin is acclimated to mild level of vitamin A (lower level of Environ face cream). Use am & pm as a toner with cotton pads. Discontinue use once the result is achieved and replace with an appropriate toner.

Contra indications: Sensitive, irritated skin, Roaccutane users, caution with Retin A (consult the therapist)