This was my first clean beauty foray into a strong Acid Toner. An acid toner is basically a combination of alpha or beta hydroxy acids, which chemically dissolve the bonds holding the top layer of dead skin cells, thus allowing them to be shed, thereby revealing the new, brightened, even-toned and younger looking skin underneath.
To stay true to the Sabbatical Beauty formulation ethos, I've put this together by throwing in just about every fruit acid and enzyme I could get my hands on, thereby giving you one of the cleanest profile, yet most effective acid toners you've probably ever tried.
Ingredient Deep Dive:
🍍Tropical Fruit Enzyme Complex (Lychee, Jujube, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Mangosteen & more) for gentle exfoliation. Enzymatic exfoliation is one of the most gentle forms of exfoliation
🍍 Fruit Acid Alpha Hydroxy Acid Complex (Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Orange, Lemon & Sugar Maple). Alpha Hydroxy Acids do an excellent job helping dry skin to better hydrate and to reduce the appearance of fine lines
🍍 White Willow Bark Extract, which is a natural source of Beta Hydroxy Acids. Beta Hydroxy Acids are especially good for regulating oil production.
🍍 Prickly Pear Extract and fermented Pomegranate, Pineapple, Apple for even more gentle fruit acid exfoliation
🍍 Fermented Bamboo which helps to deeply hydrate and to reduce discoloration and even skin tone
🍍 Base of Aloe Vera to hydrate, soothe and nourish skin while exfoliating
✨ Strong exfoliant
✨ Improves oil control
✨ Treats discoloration & dark spots
✨ Improves hydration
To use: Apply on cleansed skin using a cotton pad. For best results, wait 20 minutes before proceeding with other steps. Then follow with serums, moisturizers etc.
If you have sensitive skin or are new to acid toners, start with once a week. You can gradually increase use as you get more tolerant. Overuse usually results in reddened, irritated skin and flaking.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Bamboo Ferment Filtrate, (Starfruit Extract, Passionfruit Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Mangosteen Fruit Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Pomegranate Fruit Extract, Jujube Extract, Guava Fruit Extract), (Water & Bilberry Fruit/Leaf Extract & Sugar Cane Extract & Orange Fruit Extract & Lemon Fruit Extract & Sugar Maple Extract), (Lactobacillus & Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract), Lactobacillus & Pomegranate Fruit Ferment Extract, (Water & Malic Acid & Apple Fruit Extract & Glycolic Acid & Lactic Acid & Citric Acid), Pineapple Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Prickly Pear Extract, White Willow Bark Extract, (Water & Caprylyl Glycol & Hexylene Glycol & Wasabia japonica (Wasabi) Root Extract & Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Root Extract & Allium sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract), (Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol.)
Skin Concerns:Dark spots/scarring/discoloration, Signs of aging, Acne, Dullness
Works brilliantly, Lasts FOREVER
I use this powerful but gentle toner most nights and some mornings, depending on my skin's needs. It helps enormously with keeping my skin bright and my pores clear. About six drops on a gauze pad is all it takes for my entire face and neck - a full-sized bottle has lasted me nearly a year!
Sarah J (Salt Lake City, US)
Skin Type:Dry, Sensitive , Combination
Skin Concerns:Dark spots/scarring/discoloration, Signs of aging
I never really understood what toner was supposed to do but I have congested and dehydrated skin that discolors easily and this one works! I actually have been like, “ohhhhhhhhhhhh this is what toner does!” Helps with the congestion via exfoliation and seems to really help fade redness, dark spots and scars. I use this after cleansing and before my full serums. I find that waiting 10-20 minutes before applying serums gets best results. Ordering more right now!
JEM (Bellevue, US)
Skin Concerns:Signs of aging
smoother, softer, brighter
I never used toner, but after reading everyone's rave reviews of BAT on the SB Facebook page, decided to give this a try. Wow! I'm a convert. BAT leaves my skin smoother, softer, and brighter. Give it a try!
Brandi (Minneapolis, US)
Skin Concerns:Signs of aging, Acne, Dullness
The best exfoliating toner I’ve ever used. Whisks always dull skin, refines pores, and helps my skin glow. I love the gentle tingle upon application. I use sparingly, as with all my SB products, a little goes a long way.
Kym Ong (Singapore, SG)
Skin Type:Oily, Combination
Skin Concerns:Dark spots/scarring/discoloration, Signs of aging, Acne
Definitely noticed a glow after use
This toner really works it. There is a little bit of a sensation after application and that’s the acid working. After a few days, I noticed my bare skin is not so dull looking. Definitely noticed a glow. Not sure if it’s appropriate for sensitive skin as the sensation may possibly be too much for those with sensitive skin.