I realise I promised my ‘Products I’m Passing On’ post, but I plan to postpone to the end of the month as I move house this month, and want to collect more things so I can pass them on before the big move. Instead, I want to give my first impression/mini review of The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, as I’m about to run out, and want to share my experience about it.
As you can see from my photo above, I have the travel size bottle, which holds 60ml. I’m not sure if The Body Shop still carries this, or if the The Body Shop Oil Balancing Toner is the replacement or rebranded product, which holds 250ml. At full price, the full sized product retails for £7.50 which I think is quite reasonable for the amount you’re getting. I bought my travel size while The Body Shop was clearing out their old packaging – what you see in the photo above, to make room for their newer packaging.
I use this as my morning cleanser-toner product, as I use a second toner for sensitive skin after to soften and soothe my skin before applying my serum and emulsion. It isn’t part of the design of this product to act as a cleanser, however I found that it cleared up excess oil that built up overnight, and unlike the Tea Tree line that The Body Shop stocks, doesn’t cause irritation – where the Tea Tree line can be hit or miss for me. During the warmer months, this works quite well for my skin, but I am starting to think that as the air is getting a little bit drier, that it’s a little bit too drying.
What the product claims to be designed for is “pore-minimising, removing of impurities and reducing excess oil” – to paraphrase from the front of the bottle. I think the pore-minimising factor is relatively accurate – I have larger pores and some smaller ones, and as long as they’re not blocked – i.e. blackheads, then I find their appearance is minimised.
In terms of removing impurities, I find the phrase to be a little bit vague, or just open to interpretation. As I described above, it does clean off the excess oil that builds up on my skin overnight, which I think is a valid interpretation of ‘removing impurities’ but if your interpretation is about clearing blackheads, then no, it doesn’t do that – but I think expecting a toner to do that is perhaps asking too much. I rely on masks on steamy pores for that and that’s where I personally see results.
As for reducing excess oil, I think this was somewhat true for me during the latter end of the summer. Summer has very suddenly transitioned into autumn here in the UK, and it’s as the weather has gotten several (or more) degrees colder, that I think this is where it showed off to me that I need to adjust my skincare routine for a more normal-combination-oily routine. By that I mean, less oily skin combating products, and just make sure the health of my skin is well looked after so my skin doesn’t need to overproduce oil instead. So in short, I need to find toners and moisturising products that are gentle and moisturising enough to help my skin do its job properly.
Okay, I tangented a little bit, but overall, I can see myself looking at that this product (or rather the replacement) in the full size for next summer, so if I do make that investment, I will definitely let you know about it. I plan to write about the other toner I’m using in my day time routine very soon as well, as that’s almost used up too, so look forward to that in a few days time.
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