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After using the tri enzyme facial wash, my skin has actually gradually become a lot drier, and so a beauty therapist who works for Elemis recommended that I try the apricot toner. I have been using the apricot toner for quite a while now, and whilst the results have been gradual, I, after a few weeks of using this product, can now confirm that this toner is great for my dry/sensitive skin and has brought back moisture and a shine to my face.
The toner comes in a 200ml bottle which is fairly standard, and is a pale orange colour. It is a great toner for maintaining the Ph levels in skin and preserving natural oils. This is great for me as I think the tri enzyme wash was gradually stripping my skin of its oils so this toner prevents my skin getting dehydrated. The toner also is alcohol free which is great as it can be used on sensitive skin also. The best thing to do is spray the toner onto cotton wool pads and rub it onto your skin but I tend to just spray it direct onto my face because I love when the smell just hits me directly. The smell is really pleasant - a fruity apricot smell. There is no artificial smell. It's just a refreshing natural smell, and actually - good for waking me up on a morning!
After instant use, my skin looks more radiant and glowing, which I love because it makes me feel more confident as my skin looks healthier and younger.
The main thing I love about this toner however is the fact that I do not get as many spots any more, my skin does not go red (suggesting it is not harsh on my skin) and my face feels a lot softer and cleaner.
I would definitely recommend this product to people with dry/sensitive skin, because the toner does not irritate skin at all. It's a great product that removes grime and revitalises your skin and makes sure your skin doesn't lose essential natural oils. It is also very affordable at a price of £16 and lasts a few months.
I've recently started becoming a big fan of Elemis products as they do generally seem to make my skin softer and brighter, especially when you use Elemis products in conjunction with each other. This toner is another great product from Elemis.
********** Elemis **********
Elemis seems to have been becoming more and more popular over the last couple of years, and is used by professionals in beauty salons, including the Saks beauty salon in the David Lloyd gym near me, which I use.
The idea behind Elemis is that they use natural active ingredients, that they are so good that professionals are happy to use them in salons, that they are cutting edge, and that they offer products which are personalised - so for every type of product they offer, there is normally a number of different options.
So far I've been really impressed with Elemis - they offer a huge selection of products and everything that I have used from them has worked and pretty much done what they said it would. They can be a little pricey, but you can also get good deals if you look around, including 3 for the price of 2 if you're lucky, through independent providers.
********** Soothing Apricot Toner **********
This is sold as a 200ml spray bottle, with an orangey colour to it.
Either you can spray the toner directly onto your face at an arms length. 3 sprays will be enough, don't overdo it and try to spray it all over your face than just on one part. This can sometimes be difficult getting the right amount and getting it even (even though I like doing it this way as it feels especially refreshing) so the other way is simply to spray it onto a cotton wool pad and then wipe it over your face.
If you spray it, when it hits your face it feels lovely and refreshing, and in fact on the back it does say that you can use it as a calming facial spritzer if you wish. When I bought it, I was at work and used it in this way a couple of times while I was there and it does feel lovely. This is great for me as someone who has quite sensitive skin which is prone to sometimes going a bit red in areas, it does feel like it calms and relaxes the skin.
The smell is also lovely. The smell of apricot is very subtle but you can smell it, and after you've sprayed it the smell does linger. There are also extracts of Quillaja Wood and Sweet Betty Flower, but I have never heard of these before so couldn't tell you if I can detect their scent or not!
In terms of results, I do feel that this toner balances your skin and helps maintain the pH level as it says on the back, as the skin feels so refreshed, calm, and even. It's a little difficult to tell the exact results of a toner, because you normally use it after a facial cleanser and before moisturiser, so you aren't really left with the direct results. What I can say is that when I use this with the Elemis cleanser I am using, followed by a Dermalogica face cream I am using, my skin does feel soft, radiant, refreshed, and calm.
********** Price and Availability **********
The price ranges pretty widely but probably starts at around £15 for the 200ml bottle. I bought mine as part of a Buy 2 Get One Free offer on Elemis products and saved about £16 this way, so if you can do some hunting around among the different beauty vendors on-line (such as Adonis Grooming, BeautyBay...) it would be a benefit.
You can also buy it from the salons that use it (I am only aware of Saks) and probably from department stores, although I imagine this would be more expensive. Just watch out for the P&P you pay for online orders, sometimes they will do it for free if you spend over a certain amount, but other times you get to the check-out and suddenly realise that with £5 stuck on for P&P you would have been better going for a more expensive option with lower P&P.
Out of the different Elemis toners I was looking at, I think this was the cheapest but it may vary on different sites.
Overall a lovely, refreshing, calming, balancing, soothing toner, that makes your skin soft and is a little pricey but in my opinion your skin is worth it!
Since I've just written a review about the cleanser I use alongside this toner I thought only right to do one for this.
I have used Elemis products for just over a year after finding Lanome skincare seemed to have no effects, positive or negative on my skin. Within weeks I noticed a difference from Elemis, my skin is soft, and the majority of the time clear of blemishes (maybe if I banished chocolate and wine it would be perfect??)
This toner is perfect for my hormonal sensitive skin, so I use it alongside the Lime Blossom Cleanser, it has a fresh light frangrance and with it being alcohol free is delicate enough to be used around the eye area.
I do tend to use the toner more than the cleanser as I find it is perfect as a facial spritz to freshen up during the day, but overall the 200ml lasts me several months so although fairly expensive its worth every penny (especially if someone else buys it :) )
The elemis counters tend to be quite hard to find, but if you live in the Manchester area, theres is a counter in Selfridges in The Trafford Centre, and one in Harvey Nicholls Manchester Centre. You can buy online but from my experience you miss out on all the free samples they tend to give you if you buy it in person from a counter.
Apricot toner contains sweet Betty flower, which is a natural foaming agent, that doesn't strip sensitive skin of its natural protection. You can either spray it directly onto the skin after cleansing, or spray it onto a cotton wool pad. It is designed to soothe and rebalance the skin after cleansing. Most toners contain alcohol, which is really dehydrating and harsh on the skin- especially if sensitive like mine; but this one doesn't. It is gentle enought to use around the eye area - when I've got sore eyes due to staring at a computer screen/ hangover, put an eye mask on, then spray two cotton wool pads with the Apricot toner, pop the pads on top of my eyes and hey presto! Beautiful, sparkling eyes again. Until I found this product, I had sensitive skin that was prone to dry patches, I no longer get the dry patches but my skin is still slightly sensitive. Fantastic product.
Extracts of Apricot soothe and harmonise, giving rise to a fresh sensation and radiant appearance. Ideally suited to extra-sensitive, delicate and hormonal skin. This alcohol-free toner is so gentle, it may also be applied to cotton pads for a soothing eye treatment. Harmonises extra-sensitive skin, Closes pores, Calms irritation ,