Balancing Act Facial Toner

by Kiss My Face   Potent & Pure
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$15 - 5.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
2/26/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This spray-on toner is loaded with irritating ingredients, including witch hazel, which contains about 14% alcohol and causes irritation, free-radical damage, and dryness. This is a clear case of natural not being inherently better for your skin. Thinking otherwise and not paying attention to which natural ingredients are helpful and which are a problem is likely to put your skin on the fast track to irritation.

Tone and nourish skin with organic ingredients. Revitalize tired skin with this blend of certified organic grapefruit, orange, ginger and lemon balm essential oils and extracts. Seaweed extract provides trace minerals while antioxidants Ester C® and Vitamin E help fight the signs of aging.

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger Root) Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea), Algae Extract, Glycerin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sorbitol, Calcium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Potassium Sorbate

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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