Think you don’t need a facial mist? Think again, say Amerley Ollennu, Healthista’s guest blogger on this week’s Best Beauty Products Ever column
Cleanse, tone and moisturise was once the beauty mantra of a whole generation of women, until high-tech, ultra targeted, serums, oils, masks, pads and more flooded the market. This has lead to regimes that are not too far behind the now famed 10 step ones of our Asian counterparts.
I myself have adopted some what of an intricate routine, and up until a few months ago it went like this…double cleanse, 10 minutes of light therapy, followed by a swipe of a glycolic drenched pad, two squirts of one serum, 8 drops of another, an eye cream, moisturiser, and an SPF 50 (every morning). Phew.
It’s a pretty long list so you may not have noticed that I failed to mention a toner. Toner schmoner was my opinion of the second step in what was once regarded by the beauty industry as the ideal regime. I never really saw the point in spritzing water over my face. Until now.
Nicolas Travis set out to create a regime for the modern parent-boss-party-animal- urbanite-workout-health-obsessive-24/7-socially connected human, who wants skincare that’s as multitasking as they are
First developed to rebalance the pH of the skin after cleansing – (most cleansers are now so gentle that they don’t disturb the skin’s pH), ensure the skin is super clean (I cleanse twice) and to tighten pores (my serum does that) so toners fell out of favour as other skincare offerings became more advanced.
So what convinced me to give spritzing a go? The founder of Allies of Skin that’s who. Nicolas Travis set out to create a curated regime for the modern ‘multi-hyphenate’ – the parent-boss-party-animal- urbanite-workout-health-obsessive-24/7-socially connected human, who wants skincare that’s as multitasking as they are. The fact that he only launched three products and one of them is a toner (the other two a day and night cream with the potency of a mask) baffled me. No cleanser, no serum? No, not yet anyway.
Travis developed a toner that’s more than just a pretty smelling floral water. Akin to a Korean essence (a watery serum) the Molecular Saviour Toner Mist, £48, leaves a base layer of hydration on the skin that actually helps the skincare you apply on top to work more effectively, as hydrated moist skin is better able to absorb nutrients than dehydrated dry skin.
hydrated moist skin is better able to absorb nutrients than dehydrated dry skin
Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Toner Mist contains ‘traditional’ ingredients like damask rose, palmarosa, juniper berry and cucumber seed oils, to soothe stressed skin but ramps things up a notch with its repairing blend of antioxidants, probiotics, and unique hydrating ‘anti-evaporation’ molecules that ‘cling’ to skin cells to lock in moisture.
And if that wasn’t enough to convince me, there’s the anti-bacterial colloidal silver that works to keep blemishes at bay whether you’re naturally prone to them like me or your mobile phone is the culprit.
Needless to say I’ve added this toner to my arsenal and my skin looks plumper, fresher and is blemish free.
Amerley Ollennu is an award winning freelance beauty editor and lifestyle blogger. Through her website amerleyo.com she uncovers new lifestyle trends, reveals her favourite travel destinations, spas, and beauty products. She also curates the best dating advice and documents her fitness journey through her #realgirlfit column.