Soothing organic Aloe Vera Juice & Chamomile Hydrosol (the water-based product resulting from the distillation process that also produces chamomile essential oil) form the base of this toner. But it’s the Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide & Shiitake Mushroom Cellular Extract that are the real superstars in this toner.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally present in the human body, including in the epidermis, where, among other things, it contributes to keeping the skin hydrated. It is a powerful humectant—a substance that can attract water from the body’s immediate environment and bind it to its molecules. Hyaluronic acid is said to be able to retain up to 1,000 times its own weight in water.
As we grow older, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid, contributing to the visible signs of aging in our skin. Applying products containing hyaluronic acid helps counteract this process, keeping skin moisturised and helping to restore the skin’s elasticity, thus, making it visibly smoother and more supple. The effect can be quite instant, which is amazing to see! Hyaluronic acid has also been shown to contribute to wound healing.
The hyaluronic acid we use is vegan and produced by bacterial fermentation of glucose derived from corn. It is classified as a natural skincare ingredient.
Niacinamide, a.k.a. vitamin B3, is another rock star in skin care, especially for dry and/or mature skin. It assists in the increased production in the skin of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids, thus, increasing skin elasticity and helping to fight signs of aging, like fine lines or age spots. It is also said to reduce transepidermal water loss, helping to retain moisture across the layers of the skin.
The Shiitake mushroom, in Chinese culture regarded a symbol of youthfulness and virility, has been used in traditional medicine for around 5,000 years. It contains a range of phyto-compounds that are said to help prevent and ease signs of aging in the skin, including through supporting collagen production and their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties aid skin repair and firming as well as adding to its luminosity.
The Shiitake Mushroom Cellular Extract is the result of new technology that allows the extraction of “true to nature” hydrophilic plant profiles—”the species’ water-soluble blueprint of phyto-compounds and their derivatives (the entourage), in their synergistic relationships, as they exist in the cell.” For more information on this technology, see the manufacturers’ website Native Extracts.
Use: Following cleansing, soak a small area of a soft cloth or reusable makeup pad & gently wipe over face & neck. Then apply serum if using, followed by your moisturiser.
General Information: OK to use daily. Keep in a cool, dark place.
General Cautions: For external use only. Keep away from eyes. Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Product is made in an environment where nuts may have been present. Caution is advised when using products containing essential oils during pregnancy or on children.