I absolutely love a glycolic resurfacing toner! In fact I would even go as far as to say glycolic acid has changed my life. It’s kept breakouts to practically zero, and has given my skin such a fresh, glowing quality it always lacked before. The brand I have been using is the Alpha-H liquid gold which I obviously love and you can read about here, but when I was approached by Instytutum, a Swiss skin care brand to see if I would like to trial their resurfacing toner I thought yes please! As it’s a little different to the one I had been using because of the other added ingredients. These include –
- Glycolic acid (as I just mentioned)
- Camomile extract (to soothe and moisturise)
- Saccharide isomerate (retains moisture, reduces dryness)
- Provitamin B5 (protects, restores, soothes)
- Allantoin (an anti-irritant, improves healing)
- Botanical soothing protector (a synergic combination of 3 plants used in traditional Chinese medicine to help the skin’s defence system, protects against stress and prevents premature skin aging)
- Vitamin B3 (improves hydration, helps skin appear more even toned and rejuvenated)
- Vitamin E (prevents premature ageing, enhances firmness and overall glow)
- Vitamin A (improves firmness, smoothness, aids in moisture protection and anti aging)
A pretty impressive list of ingredients so I was really excited to try this!
About the brand, as quoted from their website –
“The INSTYTUTUM Aesthetic Health was inspired by Natalia Derkach, M.D., a truly visionary woman. Top-level executive of a successful pharmaceutical corporation renowned for manufacturing innovative medical solutions, trusted by over 100,000 doctors worldwide. With an impressive track record in the pharmaceutical industry, she was inspired by her father at a young age as he created infusion solutions that changed the medical world. To make her dream of creating her own skin care brand come true, pursue her passion for beauty and offer something truly effective, luxurious and unique, she has teamed up with the most prestigious Swiss laboratory and scientists with 30 years of experience in the skin care industry and a reputation for outstanding quality, anti-aging breakthroughs and performance-driven actives. Together they created INSTYTUTUM skin care and made her vision come alive. INSTYTUTUM skin care is a perfect union between the latest science and technology and nature-derived actives, advanced chemistry and specially formulated five-step filtrated purest water. Producing highly effective and innovative skincare products is our #1 concern. Flawless skin and giving back to the community through our Clean water initiative, that’s what we stand for. Make an impact on your skin and the world.”
What the brand claims this toner does – An effective, gentle toner that removes dead skin cells to reveal a visibly younger complexion. Refines, soothes and moisturises. Reduces pores and spots.
My First Impressions – After first use it felt a lot gentler than the Alpha-H so knew already that it was a totally different product. There was no tingling and the smell is a lot more subtle. I used it at night just as I have done since, and woke up with soft, calm skin.
The packaging – I really like the packaging. It’s very clean and fresh looking as you can see. The bottle is quite chunky and luxe.
The price – $59 for 130ml. At the moment they do 15% off and free complimentary shipping for you first order!
Formula description – It’s a clear liquid, with a gentle, botanical, neutral scent.
How to use – Use after cleansing and before serum. Using a cotton pad, sweep over entire face, neck and décolletage.
How I use it – I use acid toners at night, if you use them in the day you must wear a high SPF. For me I just like to let them get to work while I sleep and wake up with fresh new skin. Now I have not wanted to give up my liquid gold which I use every second night, but because of the gentle nature of this product I’ve incorporated it into the nights I don’t use my liquid gold. I use it underneath my vitamin C treatment which I do every other night and its worked really well.
My over all thoughts and results – I have been using this for around 3 weeks now. I’ve loved incorporating this into my nightly skincare routine as I found I was waking up on the mornings I hadn’t used an acid toner not feeling as bright and glowy. Even though I wouldn’t want to use the much more potent liquid gold every night, this has been a perfect, more gentle version to use on those nights! It’s kept the glow every single day and with all the other wonderful ingredients it feels like I’m getting so much out of it. My skin feels in perfect balance right now and it’s very much thanks to this along with my other favourite products in my current routine.
If you like the sound of this then you can buy it here.
Thank you to Instytutum for allowing me to try this wonderful product!
I hope you guys enjoyed reading all about this truly lovely product! Speak soon…
**Disclaimer – This product was gifted to me upon request of Instytutum themselves. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and all opinions written in this blog post are honest and my own.**