“ Brand: Solutions by Hive / Type: Toner / Subcategory: Tonic / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Solutions by Hive Clarifying Tonic 1
I believe in basic skin care and I believe everyone can do it what ever their age and budget.
I have been a lot more interested in skin care since I passed my Beauty Therapy level 2 course a few years ago.
I find toner to be one of the steps a lot of people pass on, they think I don't need a toner, it's another step I can do without, it's more money I have to fork out for and it's a plot for the skin care company to make you think you need it and their trying to get more money out of you. All not true.
I have tried many toners ranging from high end to budget types, alcohol and non alcohol, all serving a purpose.
This toner I am talking about is for normal to oily skin types. A lot of people don't know what skin type they are and then they buy the wrong type of product for their skin, if you don't know what skin type you are theses are the categories.
Balanced Skin: Balanced skin is just what it means; it has a good balance of oil and moisture to the skin. There are even skin layers, which mean even skin tone. Facial pores are small or invisible, texture of the skin is soft, supple, even colour and healthy looking. Skin sometimes feels slightly warm to the touch; this is due to the good blood supply. You rarely develop spots and blemishes.
Dry Skin: Dry skin looks matte and has uneven texture. This is due to their not being enough sebum at the surface of the skin; natural moisture becomes lost from the upper layers of the skin structure.
The skin often feels tight and always in need of a rich moisturiser. Usually pores are small and the skin itself is thin. Unfortunately this skin type ages prematurely resulting in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, which is very common.
You will also find you have dilated capillaries around the nose and cheeks.
Oily Skin: Oily skin produces more sebum than is needed, thus you always having an oily t-zone or generally oily all over. Skin surface appears shiny, thick, dull and often looks grimy. Pores get a build up of sebum and grime resulting in enlarges pores and blackheads. Blackheads are seen on the chin and nose. Spots and blemishes are more likely to be present.
Combination Skin: This skin type is where there are different characteristics on the face resulting in different skin types, mostly dry around the cheeks and oily on the t-ztone.
Sensitive Skin: All skin types are sensitive at some point, sensitive skin is said when skin is hypersensitive and over reacts to the mildest products.
The skin flushes very easily making it red and warm to the touch. Dry skin is also most likely to be sensitive.
Toner is an important step in anyone's skin care routine, it helps to cool and refresh the skin, toners that have alcohol in them help to dissolve dirt and grime.
Alcohol toners have an astringent effect making skin temporary making pores appear smaller this type of toner also dries the skin out thus sometimes making the problem worse.
Toner helps to remove all the cleanser that may be left behind, which in turn clogging up your skin. When you cleanse your face your pores open to help get all the dirt and grime out that has built up through the day, if you don't use a toner after wards your leaving your pores open and which can lead to infection, blackheads, more dirt and grime leading to spots.
Toner helps to close the pores, helps to balance your skin, makes your skin feel fresh, and helps to shrink pores although you can never get rid of pores.
Using an alcohol free toner is always best for your skin, if you have dry or sensitive skin alcohol can irritate making skin worse, the more alcohol in the product the more it strips your skin of its natural oil so your left with more oil on your face as your skin is trying to compensate for what the toner stripped. Toner prepares your skin for what is coming next, moisturiser, it also helps your moisturiser to sink in better and work more efficiently as there is nothing blocking the skin.
Some people use water on their face to mimic a toner but just plane water can dry the skin out making it sensitive.
I bought this from a company called Solutions by Hive, the company was launched in 1994 in Staffordshire, Tamworth. Hive supply the beauty and spa industry including collages.
This toner comes in two sizes, 150ml and 500ml. The one I bought is 150ml, the bottle itself is see through plastic with a pump action lid that can either be sprayed onto the face as a mist or can be sprayed onto a round cotton pad and applied to the face. The box itself is totally recyclable so is the bottle itself when you have cleaned it out.
The toner is a blue colour but doesn't smell floral or anything like that it is more of a fresh smell.
I have sprayed the toner directly onto my face and also on a cotton pad and both times my skin feels fresh, cool and clean afterwards. There is no feeling of being tight after either like you can have with other toners especially ones with alcohol.
I have used this particular toner for two years or more and I have had no problems with it what so ever. I find it very refreshing, cool on my skin and I love the fresh smell, some toners you will find have a fruity/perfumed smell this is to hide all the chemicals inside this isn't one of those.
It is long lasting as you need very little, I use just one pump and that is significant enough either on the face or cotton pad.
I have seen other toners on the market that I fancy the look off but the one I do use I find is good enough and I will keep on re-purchasing it. I will properly buy another if I can't get this one in time as its mail order.
~Price and Where to Buy~
150ml costs £3.90 and 500ml costs £6.15 a complete bargain in my eyes.
You can purchase it off http://www.hive-online.com
I would recommend this product to anyone, it is responsibly priced, lasts a long time and a general all round great toner.