Today I want to talk about a skincare product that’s been part of my routine for the past couple of months. It’s by the brand Dr. Lewinn’s and is the Anti-Ageing Toner that I picked up a year or so ago in TK Maxx, during one of my skincare shopping sessions. This retailed for £4.99, which is a bargain in my opinion. I’ve been using this as part of my day and night time routine, but most recently as a cleanser-toner duo during the very hot and humid weather the UK’s been experiencing in the past month. Dr. Lewinn’s isn’t a brand I’m very familiar with, so I was curious to see how this product would work with my skin, and I feel able to discuss it after using this product for a few months.
As the name suggests, it claims to be an anti-ageing product, with ingredients like aloe juice, apple extract and green tea among others in the list to back it’s claims. When I first started using this product, I initially felt it was a bit harsh on my skin, immediately panicking and putting the product aside for a while, but picked this back up to try again and finding it wasn’t an ‘irritation’ but in fact one of those tingly, refreshing sorts of feelings that I simply don’t experience often with products.
If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you’re likely aware that I have mildly sensitive skin, so I can be a bit antsy about what sort of reactions are good or bad. I realised that my skin wasn’t reacting negatively, as during the past month when the refreshing feeling has felt needed more than ever: the hot and humid weather has made my skin (and myself all around) to feel dull, tired and just generally unpleasant. The refreshingly cool feeling (similar to products with menthol in them) felt very welcome and since then I’ve been incorporating the product more when I’ve needed not just to tone my skin, but also for that short-term relief from the clammy heat.
What made me think to use this as a cleanser-toner duo is from the claims it makes on the back of the bottle:
“An anti-ageing alcohol-free toner developed with Swiss Apple plant stem cell technology and super anti-oxidant Acai Berry to minimise pores, re-balance and rejuvenate the skin.”
Phrasing like “pore minimising” and “re-balancing” made me think that perhaps for my in-between shower days when I use water based cleansers, this could be a gentle option for clearing over-night excess oil or sweat without stripping my skin to a point of producing even more oil, or irritation and dryness. So far, this seems to be working out, so I’m quite happy that my experiment has been working out. Depending on my skin’s needs, I will use a second toner after this one (this is currently the Red Tea Natural Skin Therapy Toner, I reviewed here), but some days I use this on its own before moving on to my emulsion, serum and eye cream.
Moving on to application, this is where I voice the only real gripe I have with this product. The bottle has a twist open cap, which is very easy to use and relatively sturdy: I’m a teensy bit clumsy and tend to drop my skincare often, as I move them from their storage space to my work desk where I can place my mirror to do my skincare routine. My gripe is with the size of the dispenser: while very easy to pour product onto a cotton pad, the hole is quite large and so I find it very difficult and inconsistent to dispense a small amount of product at a time. I find I over-do it all the time which means my personal policy of ‘a little goes a long way’ goes out of the window, which saddens me as I would love to stretch this product as far as I can. At the time of writing this post, I have less than a quarter of the bottle left, which is surprisingly little considering I typically make a product last up to a year.
However, this is the only genuine gripe I have, aside from the lack of accessibility. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I bought this from TK Maxx, which has a constant change of products on their shelves, so unlike your high street stores like Boots or Superdrug (think of CVS for an American alternative), they don’t stock consistent brands that I know with confidence I can go and buy at any notice. On the one hand, this is great because the customer is constantly exposed to new products that they wouldn’t otherwise see, but the downside is that once those products are gone, they are almost certainly gone.
Overall, I think this is a really great product, and one I would repurchase if I could easily and affordably get hold of it. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. It was really refreshing to write and reflect on this product.