Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner
Member Name: cyberem78
The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner
Advantages: Removes hidden dirt and oils.
Disadvantages: Is only for oily or combination skins.
Around Christmas time I bought a gift set of assorted products in the Seaweed range from the Bodyshop. This pack included this Seaweed Clarifying Toner. When I purchased the set online I didn't read the product information and when I received the items was a bit worried that they were marked as suitable for oily or combination skin. I definitely don't have oily skin but sometimes my T-zone (forehead, nose and chin areas) becomes a bit greasy. I think this constitutes 'combination' skin! Anyway, I have basically been using this toner most often on my T-zone and occasionally all over my face and neck.
Until recently I never valued toners as a product that could actually effect any benefit. I thought they were pointless. It wasn't until I started to notice the skin on my face ageing that I stepped up my skincare routine. As a female who reads glossy magazines I am familiar with the dictum "cleanse, tone and moisturise". After swapping hard soap for face wash and investing in night creams getting used to using a toner was the final step. I knew that toners are meant to remove any leftover residue and also reduce pore size, fine tune the skin and prepare the skin to be moisturised. As a regular shopper at The Bodyshop I had seen the Seaweed range many times and often thought it sounded interesting and unique so I bought the set of four items which included a night treatment which I've also been using in tandem with this toner.
I have a 60ml sized bottle of toner. It's a small bottle and you might think it wouldn't last long but I've found I don't need to use a lot of liquid and it's still quite full. The bottle is transparent and recyclable with a top that can unscrewed after use. There is a flip lid on top which snaps down and remains secure. A label on the bottle provides essential product information. As well as full ingredients there is some further information about the product. The brand state that this liquid toner is oil free and that it uses Community Fair Trade Seaweed in the ingredients. They state it will leave skin "shine free".
The toner has a pleasant smell which is partially salty and partially sweet. When one thinks of seaweed images of piles of putrid gunk on sweltering days come to mind. I've never really loved the smell of the ocean so I'm glad this product doesn't smell too authentic!
I use the toner by applying it onto a cotton wool ball. I made the mistake of saturating the ball at first and then realised that the consistency of the liquid meant I didn't need to use as much. The liquid, despite being oil-free, does seem to have a slightly oily base. It is watery with a slightly slimy feel once you start to rub the cotton ball over your skin.
I have been surprised at just how much dirt is left on my skin even after washing well with a face wash. Make-up dregs along with dust and dirt come away onto the cotton ball. The toner feels cool and moisturising on the skin. I wouldn't say the toner cleans my pores but it makes my skin around pores look cleaner and brighter without making it shine. It has the most dramatic appearance changing effect on my chin. As I mentioned I most often use this only on my T-zone but I sometimes use it all over and it doesn't dry the skin out despite it being aimed at oily skins.
Overall I like this product very much and find that it's effective in cleaning skin, minimising oil in my T-zone and improving the appearance of pores. I would buy this again. It is available in store or online and is priced at £3 for 30mls or £8 for 200ml. I think either size would be a good buy.
Summary: Useful and effective.