Favourite Origins Toners

So there's more Origins love coming at you today, in particular my love of two of their treatment lotions. These are an alternative to a traditional balancing toner in that they treat a particular concern and are often aimed more on the hydration side rather than for oil control. My two of choice are A Perfect World Age Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea & Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion (Phew! Longest names ever?!) Before I get into them, for those of you that don't use a toner/treatment lotion/tonic (whatever you want to call it), you really should consider it. Not only do they remove any traces of cleanser/mask/exfoliator/make-up from the skin, but the balance the pH to a happy skin level of 5.5 after disruption through cleansing.
In case you're not familiar, the A Perfect World range is once which aims to preserve the skin's youth and prevent aging through the addition of antioxidant-rich White Tea. This young bud of the tea plant has over 3x the antioxidant content of green tea, so is a fantastic ingredient for ridding the skin of cell-damaging free radicals. Oil & alcohol free, this hydrating formula helps to form a protective bubble around the skin to protect it from the harsh elements that we encounter on a daily basis. With an uplifting, wake-me-up citrusy scent, this is my choice of toner for the morning after cleansing.

The Make A Difference range is one that aims to rescue and nourish dry and dehydrated skin. The moisturisers were re-formulated this year to really tackle the root cause of dehydration in the skin and are honestly fantastic. This is a moisturising lotion that contains Rose of Jericho (resurrection plant) extract, along with trehalose (a sugar that helps with hydration) and Padina pavonica (a brown alga) to comfort dry skin. Although the formula contains alcohol denat (extracted from plants, added to toners so that they gently evaporate off the skin and don't leave the skin feeling too wet), I honestly can't say that I notice the addition; it feels very comfortable and moisturising on my skin. It smells like a fruity cup of Pimm's and I use this in my evening routine.

Now, these can be used in the traditional way of sweeping them across the skin with a cotton pad, but because of their hydrating formula they also work really well decanted into a spritzer bottle, sprayed onto the skin and gently patted in by hand - just a lil' tip for ya! At £18 each they're not the cheapest, but really feel wonderful and have fantastic ingredients for the skin.

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