Let me first start off by saying, Happy Skin Toner smells pretty rank. And rather than try to cover the smell or hide that fact, let just set the record. It stinks.
Because that’s one of the ingredients!
When I first went about looking at more natural ways to get rid of my acne, but not dry the skin, or make the skin feel shiny and tight… it was at a time during the initial hype of Apple Cider Vinegar from Braggs. At the time it was one of those magical “cure alls” that I sadly fell into. But I have to say, it did and still works like a charm on the occasional bout of acid reflux and in my toner. For the rest of it? Meh. Who knows these days about all the fads.
The one thing that science seems to be agreement on, apple cider vinegar does have some keratolytic effects: this helps break the bond between dead skin cells which helps the pores on the skin open. And that makes my skin smile!
Another great ingredient in our toner is bee pollen. Bee pollen is amazing on the skin. There is a plethora of information on the benefits of these tiny granules on the skin. They are jam packed full of stuff to help like zinc and silica (I could stop right here I mean silicia!!!!), lots of B vitamins, vitamins c, f, d, e, h and even vitamins K and P! I know, should just have listed the alphabet. Studies done on bee pollen have shown it to have anti- inflammatory properties and helps to promote skin health by encouraging healing.
And then there is the honey and glycerine which are both humectants. A humectant is something that attracts moisture from the air and deposits it into the skin. And here is where I really get my panties into a twist. Some commercial products use synthetic humectants like; silicones, urea and proplyene glycol to name a few. The synthetic humectants are just cheaper than natural ones like aloe, glycerine and honey. The commercial companies are being cheapos!
And just when you think I’m done? There’s more! Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt! Studies have actually shown that applying salt to the skin can actually help improve the function of the skin barrier.
And to round it all off? There is silk, vitamin b5, vitamin b3 and allantoin!
You see allantoin a lot in the Scrub Me Down Kitchen. It is a fantastic and brilliant ingredient. It is reported to heal wounds and skin irritation and stimulate growth of healthy tissue. Can you see why I add it to everything I can that goes on my face?
I really love my B Vitamins on my face. They are the heroes of vitamins for the skin! And while everyone talks about vitamin E, don’t get me wrong, vitamin E is grand for the skin. It truly is. Think of it like, Vitamin E is the Tony Stark and Vitamin B’s are the Thor. Both are great, but you’ve the charismatic Tony Stark, confident, everyone knows your name, powerful, full of himself and arrogant. Doesn’t quite work well with anyone else because he thinks he knows best. Then you’ve got Thor. Confident, quiet, powerful, works well with others, and is ok to let Tony Stark have his limelight. Vitamin E and The B’s, they are like that. Everyone knows about Vitamin E. But very few know about Vitamin B and what they do for the skin. We use Vitamins B3 and B5*. B3 helps the skins elasticity, the barrier, and revive the skin’s healthy texture and tone. While Vitamin B5 helps to soothe and moisturise and regenerate the skin.
So what makes this toner special you might be asking. Well, it is jam packed full of goodies to help hydrate the skin, protect the skin barrier, and drop a vitamin bomb on your face. Not to mention, you will be falling in love with the scent of vinegar once you’ve seen the beautifying effects of this toner!
How to use:
- SHAKE BEFORE USE
- Afternoon Refresher: apply a small amount to a cotton pad and wipe face
- After washing your face: apply toner to a clean face and suck it up! That smell is good! It goes away quickly and you get used to it! Apply lotion and serums as needed. Serums, lotions may or may not be needed depending on your skin type
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Bee Pollen Extract, Honey, Glycerine (Glycerine), Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Salt), Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salt), Allantoin, Niacinamide (vitamin b3), Panthenol (vitamin b5), Hydrolyzed Silk, preservative. May contain: essential oils/fragrance oils
Shelf Life: 5 months
Notes: it might smell like vinegar, you might be put off the scent, but truly, give it a go! The scent dissipates quite quickly.
Warnings: Not to be used by anyone with bee allergies. Keep out of reach of small children, avoid contact with eyes, do not consume. Not suitable in internal use.
*Notes on Vitamin B. Topically applying vitamins to the skin is all well and grand, the best way to have all these skin benefits we’ve listed is to eat foods high in these vitamins.