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I have just come out of a 28 year old relationship and all the stress I have experienced since Christmas has really taken its toll especially on me and the most obvious, physically, has been the state of the skin on my face. Not only am I convinced I have more wrinkles but mainly I saw how grey and dull it appeared.
However, since staying with my daughter the past few weeks I have begun getting my life together once again and have concentrated more on looking after myself. I religiously use Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish mornings and evenings but for some reason it did not seem to be working as well as it usually does (maybe a change in the product or a change in my psychological state?) Not having any spare cash at the moment I decided to delve into the box of Molton Brown's 'goodies' that my daughter bought me over the festive period and was really pleased to find a 200ml bottle of Skinbalance Toning lotion which normally retails at around £18.
I love MB products and like the way 90% of their products are manufactured in the UK and they claim they never have and never will test on animals' plus the company source their natural ingredients from sustainable sources.
I started using this 3 weeks ago and I have to say that my skin looks and feels a whole lot better, the greyness has all but disappeared and it is much brighter and fresher looking so I would recommend it but would say it is worth browsing eBay because there are a few on auction at the moment (12th May) and I could not find it on the MB website.
As I still have a quite a lot of my Liz Earle left I decided to use the cleanser and toner and then use the Molton Brown which may seem a bit extreme - but I found the Skinbalance picks up anything that the Liz Earle toner left behind - probably because it acts as a gentle exfoliator and, as claims, it does seem to remove dead skin cells. After this I then apply moisturiser it provides the perfect base for applying my make up. I know it sounds a pallaver but he whole process only takes a few minutes a day and the results are worth it in my opinion. It has a nice citrus fragrance too which is quite uplifting but not too strong.
The lotion contains US pumpkin enzymes which helps soften the skin plus lime, pink grapefruit and yeast extract which are said to reduce moisture loss and help strengthen the skin. The toner does not contain alcohol (hurray! I don't want to strip my face) and is said to be suitable for all skin types. Although it says it can be applied near the eye area I have not done this because I tend to get puffy eyes and they are quite sensitive.
For the above reasons I would recommend this Skinbalance Toning Lotion and, although expensive, it lasts a long time; as stated, I have been using this for over 3 weeks now and it looks barely used:)
Although I used to use a skin toner religiously when I was younger, this is something that had dropped off my list of the 'must-do' parts of my skincare routine. I always used to buy a gentle Lancome toner, and when I had to begin economising on skincare products, I simply did not know which product would suit me. Recently, I decided to venture once more into the world of toning lotions, and have experimented with a few. One of my favourites is Molton Brown's Skinbalance Toning Lotion.
The first thing I did, after reading some positive reviews about the Molton Brown range, was to get in touch with them and ask if they had a toner that would suit my specific skin type. I am 56, my skin is very dry and is also what I suppose I must call 'mature'. My wrinkles are not too bad - I have taken good care of my skin since I was a teenager, and drink loads of water - although I do have some fairly pronounced lines above my lip. I also have some scarring on my nose after surgery about a year ago to remove a non-malignant skin cancer, and a subsequent skin graft taken from the side of my face.
Molton Brown very kindly sent me a good-size bottle sample of the product I am reviewing. I have been using their lotion for some time now, and although it is fairly pricey, it is one I will happily repurchase - although preferably if I can find it on sale somewhere below the RRP of £18.50 for 200ml.
Molton Brown's own website gives the following description of this product: 'Our skin balance toning lotion exfoliates your face and removes dead skin cells. While softening the skin using American pumpkin enzymes, pink grapefruit, lime and yeast extract combine to strengthen the skin and reduce moisture loss. Alcohol-free and gentle enough for use around the eye area, this is suitable for all skin types.' I would say, however, that I have seen a review from another customer which states that in her opinion this product may not be suitable for sensitive skin. It is also supposed to help close your pores, but because I do not suffer from noticeably open pores, I am unable to comment on this.
When I looked at Molton Brown's website, I saw that their home page carries the following statements:
'Inspired by Travel; Potent and Precious Ingredients; Never Tested on Animals; Unmistakeably English' - which all sounds pretty good to me! Having seen this, I was inspired to read a little more about them, and read on their 'About Us' that: 'We pride ourselves in making the highest quality products for body, skin, hair, men's, home and travel; We source all our natural ingredients from sustainable sources; We manufacture 90% of our products at our factory in Hertfordshire, England; We never have and never will test on animals.'
The Skinbalance Toning Lotion comes in an attractive, clear plastic bottle with a silver lid, and the bottle is marked with Molton Brown's name and logo. It has a very pleasant, gentle citrus fragrance. To use, I invert the bottle and soak a cotton wool pad with the lotion, then I sweep this over my face, eyes, neck and decollete area. It is suitable for use around the eye area, although of course I apply it more gently to that delicate part of my skin.
I use this toning lotion after thoroughly cleansing my face with either a cleansing lotion wiped off with a tissue, or a make-up removal wipe. I find that this gentle toning lotion clears my skin of any remaining traces of make-up and dirt (not that I ever have a dirty face or neck - perish the thought!). I love the way it helps finish the cleansing process, and also helps remove any remaining dead skin cells. Because it acts as a very gentle exfoliant, I can be sure that it leaves my skin in ideal condition ready for my application of day- and night-time moisturiser. It leaves my skin looking brighter and refreshed, and I do not find that my skin feels dry, taut or uncomfortable after use.
On Molton Brown's own website, they currently sell the 200ml bottle at £13.88, reduced from £18.50. Of course you also have to add postage to this. It is free for orders over £45, but otherwise it costs £4.95 for standard delivery (within the UK this is between 2-4 working days). A signature is required upon receipt. Other delivery options are available. As I do not have a Molton Brown store anywhere near me, I have to rely on online outlets.
I have had a look at eBay, and have found this Skinbalance Toning Lotion there. One top-rated seller has 2x100ml bottles for sale at £12.00 with free delivery, and there are also two ongoing auctions for other sellers. I will almost certainly look to see what is available on eBay once my current bottle is finished.
In my opinion, this toning lotion does exactly what its name suggests. It helps finish the cleansing process, and removes dead skin cells. Using the lotion leaves my skin feeling in perfect balance, and I am happy to give this product five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)