Radiant Touch Refreshing Toner

by Lumene  
Price:
$9.99 - 6.8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
8/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a pleasant surprise—a good toner for normal to dry skin! In our experience, most toners are either useless, because their formulas contain no beneficial ingredients for skin, or they are actually harmful because they contain high amounts of irritating ingredients. But a well-formulated toner like this is worth considering!

The formula is fragranced, which makes this a no-go for sensitive skin because of the irritation potential, but the amount of fragrance is minimal relative to the mix of skin-repairing ingredients, a non-fragrant plant oil, and the anti-irritant allantoin, so it's useful and actually helpful for other skin types.

One more comment: This cannot "detoxify" skin. Your skin doesn't have toxins that products like this can purge. Your body's detoxification process is via the liver and kidneys, not the skin. "Detoxifying skin" is a spa-themed claim you can ignore because it's meaningless.

Pros:
  • Leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.
  • Works well to remove the last traces of makeup.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Contains some notable skin-repairing agents.
Cons:
  • Lacks the mix of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients that would propel it to our list of best toners.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients that pose a slight risk of irritation.
  • The synthetic coloring agents are a truly unnecessary addition.
This refreshing toner is formulated to perfect your skin cleansing. Detoxifying, unique arctic cloudberry nectar helps to boost your skin's natural brightness. This toner with invigorating scent leaves skin perfectly clean, bright and radiant.
Water, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Yellow 5, Red 33, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Parfum.

The Cosmetics Cop Team strongly suspects that the interest in this product line from Finland is its prestige packaging, coupled with a relatively attractive price point. This is an eye-catching brand that really stands out on drugstore shelves; however, these products aren't really all that inexpensive, especially in comparison to products from Olay, Neutrogena, or RoC. In the United States, you'll find Lumene products at most CVS drugstores as well as at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. Although the Cosmetics Cop Team loves to find and recommend inspired skin-care and makeup products at reasonable prices, this line isn't one of them.

Two major shortcomings are: (1), the jar packaging, which means any state-of-the-art ingredients in those products won't remain stable once the jar is opened because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and (2), most of Lumene's formulas contain only a dusting of the superstar ingredients they brag about. Vitamin C, ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, and the like are all essential, brilliant ingredients for skin, but when only minute amounts are included, your skin isn't getting much of the good stuff.

What it comes down to is this: Shopping Lumene shortchanges your skin, leaving it needing, and deserving, far better. A bargain isn't a bargain if it isn't the best possible care for your skin. What good is saving money on skin care if your skin is left wanting and, in fact, needing more?

Aside from the jar packaging and the paltry amount of important skin-care ingredients, there are other limitations, adding to this line's woes. If you have acne, skin discolorations, or uneven skin tone, you need to look elsewhere.

From a marketing point of view, Lumene capitalizes on the erroneous notion that age is a skin type, so they group their products according to decades. Complete nonsense! Age is not a skin type, nor is race, height, weight, or ethnic background. Regardless of your age, if you have acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, sun damage, or blackheads, the same ingredients that work for someone in their 30s will work for someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. There isn't a single piece of research showing that any specific ingredients or formulations are better for skin depending on your age.

Like a vast number of cosmetics companies, Lumene leads you to believe their products are all natural and loaded with beneficial plant extracts, in this case, from the remote wilderness of Finland. Nothing could be further from the truth. These products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. That doesn't make them inherently bad, it just makes the marketing claims obnoxious and misleading.

For those intent on exploring what this Finnish line has to offer, despite the fact there isn't much here worth your attention, your best bet is to stick with the products for sensitive skin, which are truly fragrance-free, and the cleansers. Oh, and if you want to find out if the cult classic status of Lumene's Blueberry Curl mascara is deserved, look no further: It most certainly is!

One more comment: Many Lumene products contain an extract or oil from the Arctic cloudberry plant. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. The fact that Lumene chooses to highlight this plant is about marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. Whether it is from the Amazon, the Swiss Alps, or the Himalayas, geographic location is not what makes a plant extract of any kind superior for skin.

For more information about Lumene, call (888) 253-8916 or visit www.lumeneusa.com.

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