Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner is a light, refreshing facial toner, while the Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic works as a final cleansing step, targeting, mainly, oily skin.
These two Sukin facial toners are each quite different and since I like trying and testing new facial toners – there’s always one I haven’t tried, right? The hydrating one is a light facial toner I’ve been mainly using in the morning to wash my face and to spray it before applying daily skincare products and makeup, while the clarifying tonic has a more numerous ingredients formulation, and I’ve been using it after a cleanser, especially on the days when I felt my skin needed a more thorough cleansing.
A quite simple formulation, consisting of rose hydrolate and chamomile extract, which soothes the skin. My issue with this toner is that it consists of water, and it shows, as opposed to consisting only of hydrolates. Nonetheless, I’ve been using this toner in the morning, to wash my face, as it does not sting. I also use it before applying skin care products (moisturizer, serum, primer) and before applying makeup. It’s works nicely as a refreshment – be it to refresh my makeup or just during the day for a quick pick me up. This toner can be used as a body/hair spray as well, though given it’s not solely hydrolate based, the scent does not linger on for long.
How about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Rose), Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita Extract (Chamomile), Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid.
Chamomile has a calming and soothing properties, while rosa damascena hydrolate provides hydration. Given this is a water based product (hydrolate also falls under this classification), a preservative is a must, though I would have chosen a different preservative as opposed to Phenoxyethanol.
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This tonic has quite a number of ingredients; among them the extracts of white tea, pomegranate and bilberry, which work as antioxidants, while the cucumber extract provides hydration. Balancing Quince extract targets oily skin. As mentioned, this tonic feels heavier on the skin, and I’ve been using it as an added and final cleansing step in the evening; it cleanses the skin of any remnants of the impurities and makeup. The skin looks matte.
While the tonic consists of many calming ingredients, such as chamomile, aloe very, cucumber… it also consists of Coconut Fruit Extract – quite a fairly amount of it (along with a few other coconut based ingredients) – and this has been a reason for an occasional break out on my skin, especially, since this tonic contains a cleansing agent, derived from coconut. And this cleansing agent also gives this toner a bit of a cleanser texture, like that of foaming cleaning products. The scent is a mixture of lavender, citruses and a bit of pomegranate.
And the ingredients?
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cydonia Oblonga Leaf Extract (Quince), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (White Tea), Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract (Rooibos), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Epilobium Angustifolium Extract (Willowherb), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Bilberry), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil (Lemon Myrtle), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil (Petitgrain), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Natural component of essential oils
Unlike the more simple formulation of the hydrating, the balancing toner consists of quite a few.
Aloe vera is hydrating and calming; also calming is chamomile. Another potent hydration booster is cucumber. Quince extract promotes balanced skin. Pomegranate, Bilbery and White tea extracts are a potent antioxidants. Rooibos tea and willowherb have antibacterial and balancing properties, while fragrant petitgrain has antiseptic properties. Lemon Myrtle, with its antibacterial properties, purifies and balances combination and oily skin.
Lime oil has an antiseptic and astringent properties. Lavender Oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Orange peel oil has antiseptic and anti-toxin properties. It rejuvenates the skin and acts as a natural exfoliator.
Coconut Fruit Extract; while coconut has many skin-beneficial ingredients, from being nourishing and hydrating, it can also be comedogenic for those, who have acne prone skin.
Potentially problematic ingredients?
- Glyceryl Caprylate, a thickening agent and preservative; could be problematic due to enhancing skin absorption of other ingredients, restricted use in cosmetics.
- Phenoxyethanol and Benzyl Alcohol: preservatives. Given this product contains water, a preservative is a must.
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My final word?
The Sukin hydrating toner, even though it unnecessarily, in my opinion, contains water, is a light, refreshing rose and chamomile based toner. It feels like on the skin and has a subtle and gentle scent. Great for hydrating the skin before applying other products, whether skincare or makeup as well as for refreshing makeup throughout the day.
The Sukin balancing tonic walks a line between a strong cleansing toner and a mild cleanser; it thoroughly cleanses the skin of any remains of makeup and leaves the skin matte. Given it contains coconut and a coconut derived cleansing agent, it proved to be a bit comedogenic for my acne-prone skin.
Price? In a way, both are affordable (in a way because, especially, the hydrating toner consists of water): the balancing toner is £9,99 for 125ml and the hydrating is £7,95 for equally 125ml.
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Have you tried any of these Sukin toners? How did you like them? Let me know!
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