BC Spa Facial Regenerating Tonic with PHAs

by BeautiControl  BC Spa
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$26 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
5/10/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This alcohol-free toner contains polyhydroxy acids (PHA), such as gluconolactone, that are often used as alternatives to alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). The theory is that PHAs are more gentle on the skin, but research hasn’t shown that to be the case, at least not to a significant degree.

Just like AHAs, PHAs require an acidic pH of 3–4 to be effective, but the pH of this toner is too high for the PHAs to exfoliate. Also unfortunate is that this toner contains a high amount of the plant irritants arnica and comfrey (the latter listed by its Latin name Symphytum officinale). What a shame, because BeautiControl also included a nice mix of beneficial ingredients—the kind you should be seeking when shopping for a well-formulated toner. As is, the plant irritants can hurt your skin’s healing process and impair healthy collagen production. Please see our list of Best Toners for superior options.

Pros:
  • Contains several beneficial ingredients, including antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
Cons:
  • The blend of polyhydroxy acids (PHA) cannot exfoliate as claimed because this toner’s pH is too high.
  • Contains potentially troublesome arnica and comfrey, which can cause irritation.

Hydrating formula that replenishes skin with essential moisture and provides an anti-aging boost to your regimen. For people with normal to dry or slightly sensitive skin. Contains a blend of polyhydroxy acids that gently and effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and provide anti-aging benefits.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Lactobionic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Achillea Millefolium, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita, Symphytum Officinale, Ceramide 3, Resveratrol, Arginine, Milk Lipids, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-67, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Synthetic Wax, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin

Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.

The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.

BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.

BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.

For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit www.beauticontrol.com.

Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.

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