If you read my review on Pixi’s Glow Tonic toner you might remember I wrote that I preferred toners with a bit more sting to them when applied. While that typically means the formula contains a high alcohol concentration, which is drying towards the skin, I managed to find a good toner that gives me the feel I wanted.
Enter, Neutrogena’s Pore Refining toner. This low-on-the-radar toner contains ingredients such as glycolic acid, witch hazel, salicylic acid, aloe vera leaf juice and peppermint extract. When searching for a toner I wanted one that was in my price range contained some alpha hydroxy acids. For $8 I was able to get both alpha and beta hydroxy acids in an 8.5 oz. bottle which is a great deal if you ask me.
ingredients: water, alcohol denatured, glycolic acid, witch hazel(hamamelis virginiana) extract, sodium PCA, salicylic acid, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, peppermint (mentha piperita) leaf extract, allantoin, sodium lactate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance
After using Pixi’s Glow Tonic for such a long time I was worried that the not as gentle formula would irritate my skin. After testing the toner with litmus paper I found that the pH was ~3 (as indicated by the darkly colored part of the litmus paper). This pH value was suprisinly not at low as I expected. The value of 3 makes it a very effective toner to return our skin’s acid mantal back to that 5.5 value.
Overall I would recommend this toner to anyone looking for a great deal on an exfoliating toner. Due to the presence of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, your chance for getting sunburns increases so make sure to apply sunscreen afterwards if you use it in the morning. Additionally because of the use of ingredients such as witch hazel, peppermint extract and fragrance I would not recommend this product to those with sensitive skin as these ingredients may cause irritation.