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17 Mar 2014

Keeping the skin hydrated - Part 2 The Toners

If you read my previous post on keeping my skin hydrated you’ll know how my lifestyle isn't particularly good for my skin. I smoke, I eat a lot of shitty food and I don’t drink enough water – all of which are not good for my skin and can cause it to become dehydrated. To try and keep my skin hydrated there’s a number of products I use. My previous post featured the hydrating face masks I use, this post will focus on my toners of choice.

It’s only recently that I've started to double tone. All thanks to Caroline Hirons. If you’re a little unsure what double toning is, then this post on Caroline blog explains it way better than I ever could. The basics are to use two toners – one exfoliating and one hydrating. The exfoliating toner obviously exfoliates the skin, while the hydrating toner puts moisture back into the skin. I used to just use an exfoliating one, but now I've started to double tone I'm definitely seeing a difference in my skin. Although both the products I'm using as the moment are not actually labeled as toners, they both work amazingly well at keeping my skin hydrated and I use each one at the toner stage in my routine.

Hydrating toners

I've been using the much raved about Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist for around 3 months now and I absolutely love it. I use it after toning with an exfoliating toner and instantly my skin feel soft, refreshed and super hydrated. It contains some fantastic ingredients such as Orange Blossom, Rose, and Sage Waters which purify and tone the skin, Apple Pectin which provides long-lasting hydration and restores suppleness and  Hydro Mineral Transference, Omorovicza's own patented mineral delivery system which is the core of all Omorovicza products. This leaves skin firmer, more supple, and younger-looking. 

I've really noticed how much it keeps my skin hydrated and healthy looking, while using it during these past winter months. I've always struggled with my skin in winter. The loss of humidity and frequently switching between the warmth of central heating in the home, to the cold bitter wind outside, leaves my skin feeling tight, red, and blotchy. A problem which I face every winter. Dry, dehydrated skin is not a pretty sight. Since introducing the Queen Of Hungary Mist (QOHM) into my routine though, there's been no sign of red blotchy dry skin, no dehydration issues, its almost as it my skin hasn't even realised that winters been and gone. It's stayed on an even keel and I've had no issues with horrid winter skin this year. 

Although it is an expensive product, its no more expensive than some of the moisturisers that I've forked out for over the years - in an attempt to sooth my winter skin. Moisturisers that have not had an effect on my skin like the QOHM has. 

I have no doubt that this will be a staple product for me for as long as I can afford it it's around.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray is my current morning toner. I tend to skip the double tone in the morning and just opt for a hydrating toner instead. The moisture Surge Face Spray is ideal for morning use as it preps my skin with a first layer of moisture, before I apply my daily moisturiser. This ensures that my skin is kept hydrated all day long. If I do feel my skin becoming tight and dry during the day though, a little spritz of this and its back to being plumped and hydrated within minutes. It doesn't affect my make up either. It leaves no sticky or oily residue,it just refreshes and moisturises. I can imagine this being a god send during the summer months too.

Coming soon: Part 3 - The Serums

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