Well, this isn’t technically a “Friday” Fave. I spent the past week either at work or sleeping trying to get rid of an awful cold. So hopefully, it’s okay that this Friday Fave is coming out on a Saturday.
This week, I am going to share my current (and favorite for Winter!) toner. The Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner. I actually received this last year in a Beauteque bag. I put off using it initially since I had another on the go, and then again because it was summer and the last thing I felt I needed was more moisture on my oily face.
If you’re new to toners, this is the first step after cleansing. This isn’t like a toner you often see in a drugstore in USA or Canada. It’s not going to dry out your face since it’s job is to help prep the skin for the upcoming steps in your skincare routine. It can also remove the last bit of dirt/makeup on your face, if there’s any left after cleaning. I use a cotton pad with some of this on it and smooth it on my face. I let it dry before going on to the next step. It feels very smooth on my skin and dries with no noticeable residue.
So why is this so great? First and foremost, it doesn’t contain any alcohols. While alcohols can be okay sometimes, it’s not something you want when you have mega dry skin due to cold winds and changing temperatures. (This has been helping my skin so much these past few weeks. Winter, I kind of hate you right now.) It also has milk protein extract, which is simply fantastic for your skin. The secret (ha!) of this toner is that the ingredients help get rid of dead, dull and dry skin cells, which help make your skin brighter and moisturized.
Ingredients: Milk Protein Extract, Glycerine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Green Tea Extract, Soybean Extract, Tomato Berry/Stem/Leaf Extract, Raspberry Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Solanum Tuberosum (Potato) Pulp Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Cucumber Extract, Pumpkin Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (source)
You’ll also notice that this toner doesn’t contain some other rather harmful ingredients. Namely, parabens, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone and animal oils.
If you like what you’ve read and are wondering where you can get this, there are a few different options online. You can check out Secret Key (They are buy 1, get 1), Tester Korea currently has ever toner in this line except the milk one, and Beauty Net Korea. You can also likely find it on Ebay.
Have you tried this toner? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know!