Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray

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$18.50 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
6/19/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
No

Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray was formulated “specifically to help balance the skin’s oil production and pH,” but nothing in this toner can have that effect, plus the skin handles it’s own pH fairly well via sweat and oil production. (After all, oil production is regulated internally by hormones, so external factors have only a negligible influence.) Further, this toner contains irritating tangerine extract as a major ingredient, as well as myrrh. Tangerine can be a skin irritant (though the extract is not as potent as the oil), and myrrh can cause contact dermatitis due to its volatile components, though it does have anti-inflammatory benefits (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). However, myrrh is not worth seeking out over several other plants whose soothing benefits are not offset by the potential for sensitization.

This antioxidant hydration spray was formulated specifically to help balance the skin's oil production and pH. Gives all the hydration you would expect from a facial spritz, and is also packed full of ingredients that help to battle free radical and microbial damage.

Water, Tangerine Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Radish Root Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Myrrh Extract, Sodium PCA, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract

The Jane Iredale line primarily features its mineral makeup, along with several other cosmetics. The skin-care selection from Jane Iredale is limited to a few ancillary products, although a couple of them are definite options if you're a fan of this line.

For more information about Jane Iredale, call (800) 869-9420 or visit the Web site at www.janeiredale.com.

Iredale's color line is advertised as "The Skin Care Makeup," but it isn't skin-care-like at all, at least not in the way you may imagine. Ingredients like boron nitride, mica, and zinc stearate (also known as zinc soap) have no benefit for skin, and they are the primary ingredients of Iredale's loose powders. A few of the products do include mineral-based, gentle sunscreens and a smattering of antioxidants (though the packaging will render them unstable after opening). The ingredient lists are also relatively short, which is beneficial for those with sensitivities, but that's about as skin-caring as this line gets.

You do need to be wary of some of Iredale's questionable claims, such as "Because our bases are concentrated pigment, the coverage we can achieve is far superior to normal makeup with a minimum amount of product. This is why mineral makeup should always look sheer and natural." These powders can be applied sheer, but the very nature of these ingredients results in products that are heavy-textured and that, like it or not, can look powdery and "made-up" on the skin. This is especially true if you have any dry patches, because these mineral powders, which also claim to "trap moisture," will exacerbate any dryness and can look caked and change color over very oily areas. Actually they do trap moisture, but they trap it away from the skin. That's the nature of any powdered mineral - they are absorbent and as a result can be drying.

Iredale denigrates talc, dismissing it as cheap filler material and an irritant, but talc is the essential backbone for a number of the most luxurious-feeling powders you will find, some of which have a softness and virtually seamless finish on the skin that other lines (including Iredale's) should envy. And talc is not irritating, at least not any more than the mica Iredale chose to use in its place. Even more significant, talc is a natural ingredient and a mineral. Despite this, all of Iredale's claims revolving around how mineral makeups are better for skin are marketing hype to the max. The most important element of her mineral makeup is the overall gentle, fragrance-free formula that provides outstanding sun protection.

If the concept of a powdered makeup different from the traditional talc-based powders you've seen at the cosmetics counters or drugstores appeals to you, then this line presents some fine choices. We would recommend using caution when you read (or are told) about the inflated benefits of some rather ordinary but nevertheless effective ingredients. However, with a few exceptions, there is certainly nothing in these straightforward formulations that’s harmful or irritating, and that's always beneficial.

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