This toner is a mixed bag of beneficial and problematic ingredients, and it all adds up to a product that is far more likely to hurt than help your skin.
Its big claim is fighting signs of fatigue, but if the cooling sensation this provides is supposed to wake you up it does so only because of the irritating ingredients it contains, such as menthol, alcohol, and fragrant plant extracts—Ouch! Talk about razor burn! The sensation they cause isn't invigorating, it's irritating! See More Info to learn how irritation hurts skin and why alcohol is a problem.
Without the problematic ingredients, this could have been a good toner for all skin types, but there is too much bad stuff too overlook. One more point: This also contains the exfoliating and anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid, but the pH is not within the range for this ingredient to function as an exfoliant. Men can definitely benefit from daily use of a BHA exfoliant, and you'll find recommended options on our list of Best BHA Exfoliants.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
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).