Tested on animals:Yes
Wow! When we read the ingredient list for this toner, we couldn't believe the claims Estee Lauder is making about it! This is supposed to help dry skin, but, in fact, is likely to have quite the opposite effect.
While the lotion texture might certainly feel like the "cushioning" and "comforting" product Lauder describes (according to the brand, this product is supposed to "deeply hydrate" the skin), that is just a matter of aesthetics.
In truth, this contains a high amount of alcohol, which, in addition to being drying, is a problem for the skin and capable of causing free-radical damage in even small amounts. The antioxidants included in this formula are supposed to fight free radicals, but that's an uphill battle (to say the least!) considering that every one of them appears after the alcohol on the ingredient list. See More Info for all the reasons alcohol is a problem in skin-care products.
Without the alcohol, this toner-like product would be highly recommended, even if it is definitely on the pricey side.
- Contains an impressive mix of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
- Contains a high amount of alcohol, which is a problem for the skin and limits the benefits you might get from the antioxidants.
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).