Skincare Duos: Products that Work Splendidly Together!
I wanted to share with you today, two products which work splendidly together but aren’t from the same range. It’s hard incorporating different products from different ranges into your routine, but sometimes you hit the jackpot when products work in sync with each other. Lately, I have been loving this pairing – an antioxidant rich toner from Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Futurederm’s Vitamin CE Caffeic Silk Serum 16+2.
A lot of people don’t see the usefulness of toners these days, and while I don’t think that they are ‘a must’, they can be quite beneficial. Any added antioxidants to help ward off nasties and added hydration is a plus in my books (learn all about toners in my Toners 101 post here!). I have discovered lately however, that they also help to evenly spread serums and boost their absorption! I use my Vitamin CE Caffeic Serum every morning (and I’ve spoken about the serum a million times on this blog, but if you haven’t, check out my post on Acids 😉 ) and as it has a silicone base, I find it is quite velvety in texture. This makes the serum almost ‘stick’ to the skin, but sometimes I feel like it could spread more easily (otherwise, I find I need more serum for a good coverage). If my skin is slightly damp, then I have no problem making my serum stretch that little bit further 😉 Here is where my toner comes in 🙂
I used to use a tea toner from Futurederm, but they stopped making it 🙁 Then I found another, from the American brand Juara, who base their products on Indonesian botanicals. I was sooo impressed with the ingredients of the toner, that I needed it – and I’m not disappointed! The ingredient list is simple, yet effective. It shows that the ingredients have been chosen with purpose and no silly ingredients have been added as fillers. It’s alcohol, fragrance, oil and paraben free. The active ingredients are as follows:
White, green and black tea – all excellent antioxidants – and the more your skin gets in the morning, means the more protected it is from pollution and oxidative stress (ie. damage) during the day.
Tamarind seed – tamarind is a fruit often used in South East Asian cooking but it’s seeds also contain hyaluronic acid, which plumps the skin and draws in moisturise from the air (as a humectant).
Rice bran extract or otherwise known as oryza sativa – an emollient and antioxidant.
Glycerin – excellent hydrator as it’s a humectant, emollient and occlusive.
Sodium hyaluronate – naturally found within your skin, this ingredient draws moisture from the air into the skin like a humectant, preventing trans-epidermal water loss. If you leave plain water on your skin, when it evaporates it usually also draws water out of your skin, leaving it more dehydrated. That’s why those with terribly dry or dehydrated skins, are often told not to cleanse using water. Sodium hyaluronate plumps the skin and works even if you live in a dry climate when there isn’t much moisture in the air to begin with.
After cleansing, I pump out a little toner into the palm of my hand and then pat it into my skin. It’s refreshing and works so well with my vitamins CE serum, that I will be sticking with it for as long as I can. From what I gather, Juara don’t ship their products directly to Aus from their website, but I ordered mine from Sense Online for $60. Shipping is free but it takes a while I must warn you (I gather they order it from their US supplier only when the order for it comes in). In US dollars, the toner costs $32. I will have to decide if it’s worth ordering it to my parcel forwarding service in the US, when I run out of my current bottle (it all depends on the exchange rate and shipping costs etc).
Do you use a toner in your current skincare regime? What skincare pairings are you loving at the moment?
Catch ya next time,
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