I’ve given up on any hopes of a last minute dash of summer weather and I’m well and truly ready for autumn now. It doesn’t help that the delightful Scottish weather has seen me putting the heating on more than once throughout the last month, and I’ve started adding more knitwear to my shopping list already. With autumn, however, comes the peak of my annual struggle with dry skin. Colder weather, radiators and wind chill all seem to leave my skin parched for the latter part of the year, so it’s at this time of year that you’ll find me desperately searching for skin care to soothe and nourish, as well as the perfect pair of touchscreen gloves, because cold hands are just no fun.
Merumaya has been on my radar for a while now and having fallen in love with their Retinol Resurfacing Treatment at the start of the year I knew I could count on their products to keep my skin in check for the changing season. I started using the Treatment Toner back in July and although first impressions were great, it wasn’t until I stopped using it that I realised just how much of an impact it was having. I pretty much abandoned my skin care routine in the days after my accident as I was in far too much pain to do anything other than mope, and I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to get my skin back to its best as a result.
The toner is packaged in classic Merumaya style, a relatively plain bottle with sleek branding. I do find myself getting it mixed up with my eye makeup remover from Merumaya quite regularly, as it is so similar to their typical packaging, so it could have been handy if it was slightly more distinguishable. Otherwise, it is very aesthetically pleasing, with clean, crisp type and not a gimmick in sight. It feels fresh, if a bottle really can feel fresh? I love that it has a push cap, as I always use my toners with cotton pads and feel like I’m wasting product with spray bottles. Personal preference, obviously, but it sways me nonetheless.
Merumaya’s Treatment Toner is packed full of fancy sounding ingredients, including pheohydrane which comes from algae and helps with the softening and moisturising of the skin. Natural Betaine is found naturally in your hair and skin, again helping to balance the moisture levels in the skin cells and protecting them from environmental stresses like the sun. This toner uses a special form of Vitamin C, which only activates upon coming into contact with your skin. Vitamin C is one of my favourite skincare ingredients, as it’s brilliant for brightening. Another one of my favourite ingredients is hyaluronic acid, and this toner contains Sodium Hyaluronate which is a salt form that boasts a smaller molecule size in order to easily penetrate the skin. This helps to boost hydration levels in the skin, as well as having plumping and firming properties. All in all, quite a lineup!
The host of ingredients involved promise hydration, moisture and brightening which are some of my main skin concerns, so I really felt like this toner was made for me. As mentioned previously, I didn’t really notice just how much of an impact this was having on my skin until I stopped using it, but as soon as I restarted it the benefits became crystal clear.
The formula is slightly scented, with a light floral aroma that I really like. I feel like I say this every time I review something these days, as I know that as much as I like scented products they can be a real bug bear for other people, so it is a point worth considering if you’re not a fan. It is a really light aroma and does fade quite quickly. I use this on a cotton pad and apply in upwards motions over my face after double cleansing, before I apply my moisturiser, morning and night. Unlike many other toners I’ve tried, this doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or irritated, instead, it feels refreshed and nourished.
Having used this for well over a month now I’ve noticed a considerable difference to how my skin is coping with the shift in weather. Normally, I’d be plagued with dry patches and a dull complexion at this time of year, but instead, I have smooth, supple skin. An unexpected benefit, for me, is that my cheeks seem to be less red and as a result I’m using less concealer and foundation to create a flawless base.
At £16.50 it is at the upper end of my preferred skin care budget, but I do feel that investing a little bit more in skincare is worthwhile, for me at least. I find toners to make a real difference to my skin, particularly when it comes to my dry patches, and this is a great alternative to the Roger and Gallet Beauty Vinegar which is a firm favourite for me, coming in slightly cheaper. The Merumaya Treatment Toner has been a real saviour for the changing seasons and has been key in helping my skin through this awkward transitional period. I’m no longer fearing the winter months, and know that I’ll be able to keep my skin in check whilst also enjoying the warmth of central heating.
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