Pore Minimizing Toner

by Black Opal  
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$5.95 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
2/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

There is nothing pore minimizing about this toner for any skin type. The witch hazel contains alcohol and that is a problem for all skin types. Alcohol may temporarily (and we mean really temporarily) degrease skin, but in the long run it causes more problems than it helps. There are better ways to do this than use an ingredient that causes skin-damaging irritation. Even without the witch hazel, this toner contains other equally potent irritants, including cinnamon, camphor, and menthol. All of these, along with the alcohol, can stimulate oil production at the base of your pores, meaning that regular use of this toner will actually put your pores at risk for looking larger.

Cleanse, balance, and refresh your skin with this oil-reducing, alcohol-free toner that also helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. It’s formulated with an effective combination of Allantoin, Honey and Glycolic Acid, which provide moisturizing, soothing and softening benefits. Vitamins A & E, Camphor and Menthol help minimize oil production and work to fight the formation of blemishes. For all skin types.

Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Capryloyl Glycine, Sarcosine, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Honey Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Glycolic Acid, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Camphor, Menthol, Tween 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Copper PCA

If Black Opal believes their skin-care products are "what looking beautiful is all about," then this is not a line to be trusted. Creating cosmetics that cater to the needs of African-American women doesn't have to involve a profusion of seriously irritating or, in the case of the sunscreens, seriously incomplete, products. In fact, aside from the name and the somewhat minimal use of African botanicals, nothing about these products is unique to the needs of African-American skin tones. Moreover, no matter what your skin color may be, the basic and enhanced needs of skin remain the same: a gentle cleanser, effective exfoliant, sunscreen, and where and if needed, a moisturizer, all in stable packaging so the products can be effectively loaded with antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin.

African-American skin tones are not without their unique problems, which mostly have to do with pigmentation. But other skin tones, whether related to people of Asian, Latin-American, Caucasian, or other descent, also have to deal with pigmentation problems and uneven skin tones. Even supposing that African-American skin tones do have distinctive needs not shared by any other skin tone, Black Opal isn't the answer, especially considering that the research agrees that is not the case for day-to-day cosmetic care (Sources: Cutis, December 2006, pages 2–19 Supplemental; and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, June 2003, pages 139–142 Supplemental). In fact, this line has so many problematic or shortsighted products they raise more questions than they have answers for!

Surprisingly, Black Opal was developed with the consultation of the African-American dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Burgess. Either the formulators behind this line didn't heed her advice or Dr. Burgess isn't informed about how cosmetic ingredients, particularly irritating ones, work on skin, not to mention the need for reliable UVA protection—fundamental information every dermatologist should not only be preaching but also practicing themselves.

For more information about Black Opal, call BioCosmetic Research Labs at 1-800-774-3477 or visit www.blackopalbeauty.com.

Black Opal Makeup

Black Opal's makeup has seen its prominence dwindle in comparison to other, seemingly lesser-known makeup lines catering to African-American skin tones. The fact that Beyoncé Knowles is a spokeswoman for L'Oreal, Halle Berry represents Revlon, and Queen Latifah appears in ads for Cover Girl, probably has something to do with the smaller market share for this once respectable line. Celebrities selling products is big business, and there is no doubt the aforementioned women are admired by women of all ethnicities. Although the major players' ads have increased awareness of these lines for African-American women, Black Opal has continued to offer the same basic assortment of products reviewed in a previous edition of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Almost without exception, their newer items are disappointing, particularly for eyeshadows, pencils, and lip gloss (really).

The one area where Black Opal makes the grade is with its foundations and powders. The foundations offer some authentic shades suitable for women of color, though the formulas tend to be lackluster or, at the very least, not as elegant as what competing lines offer. There's still reason to seek out and shop this line, but based on an overview of the current Black Opal lineup, we think Beyoncé, Halle, and Queen Latifah made smart decisions!

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