Nothing in this toner is "purifying" or able to refine pores after cleansing. This toner is far closer to perfume than skin care, and with alcohol as its second ingredient, it is too drying and irritating for all skin types. 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 1,410–1,419; 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).
Even if this were alcohol-free, it contains shockingly little of value for anyone's skin. The witch hazel distillate (the most concentrated form of this plant) is astringent and an irritant, and don't get us started on the lemon juice, which is highly irritating. In truth, this is among the worst toner formulas we've ever seen. The thing is, you can formulate a toner that's natural yet doesn't contain problematic ingredients. Paula's Choice did this with Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner, and Weleda could do it, too!
This refreshing natural facial toner purifies your skin and refines the pores after cleansing.
Water, Alcohol, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral
Switzerland-based Weleda (pronounced "wah-lee-duh"), whose founding principle is to strive to be "in harmony with nature and the human being," created a range of skin-care products capitalizing on plant extracts long before such a concept was mainstream or even trendy. It isn't a stretch by any means to say that Weleda's beginning in 1921 paved the way for modern-day plant-centric lines like Aveda, The Body Shop, and Jason Natural. The concepts of using organic ingredients and working with farmers to support sustainable crops seem commonplace now, but decades ago this was trailblazing stuff. On the other hand, while those aspects of the company are admirable, it is readily apparent that what Weleda believes is necessary for us to be in harmony with nature remains rooted in ancient and anecdotal information without a shred of current skin-care research or scientific research to back it up. (Think of Weleda as using a pen and quill instead of a computer; that's pretty much the state of their products).
That's the only rational way to explain why so many of the claims they make for their products have no basis in modern-day science, and why they chose to completely overlook the issue of sun protection. It seems that by Weleda's standards, people uniting with nature involves exposing their skin to the sun without protection, which is a daily invitation to wrinkles, skin discolorations, and other mutagenic changes. Rather than focusing on what cumulative research has shown to be true for skin and skin-care ingredients (and keep in mind that much of this research involved using natural ingredients to the skin's benefit), Weleda has decided to enlist only a small roster of natural ingredients throughout the line; in most cases one or more of those ingredients is a skin irritant, and most lack the potential to behave on skin in the manner Weleda describes. Some of their natural ingredients do have antioxidant potential, but this is all too often blocked by the effects of the plant and fragrance components that have a detrimental effect on skin. In that same vein, alcohol (the drying, irritating, cell-damaging, and free radical–generating kind) makes frequent appearances throughout the line, as does witch hazel, a plant whose natural alcohol and tannin content doesn't make it a must-have ingredient.
Along with no sunscreens, Weleda's lineup is also void of any type of exfoliant or any product capable of addressing the needs of acne-prone or discolored skin. Instead, you're asked to believe that all it takes to regenerate skin cells and create a complexion glowing with health is a series of plant oils, plant extracts, and waxes. As you can imagine, this is a completely inappropriate product line for anyone with oily skin.
The medical doctor and philosopher who developed the Weleda line were likely doing what they thought was necessary and helpful at the time. But what we know now about how skin ages and how to keep it healthy with skin-care products is far removed from what passed for state-of-the-art information in the 1920s. Though this line captures the attention of and appeals to consumers seeking natural products, your skin will be shortchanged when you consider the mundane nature of their formulas. There are many other product lines available that include natural ingredients of proven worth for maintaining healthy skin and improving its appearance. Agreeing to a Weleda routine is tantamount to believing that skin care peaked with the advent of Ivory Soap and Vaseline. Still, for those so inclined, Weleda is widely available in the United States at Walgreens stores.
For more information about Weleda, call (800) 241-1030 or visit usa.weleda.com.