When I first bought Avène's Gentle Milk Cleanser, I read the directions on the back of the bottle which recommended I followed with their Gentle Toner. I did so for about a year and was content with the duo. Then one day I came across a review of Avène's Gentle Toner that pointed out the second ingredient, after water, was fragrance. This got me thinking. If it's mostly made up of water and fragrance, it's not much of a toner. There's gentle than there is this.
In all fairness, most toners on the market aren't much different. They're made up of water, perfumes and irritants with a few exceptional exceptions that have actual skin benefits. It's a marketing ploy, I think, to have people buying this stuff. In my opinion it does more harm than good but by all means, with the glowing reviews below me, if you feel it does your skin well, than continue with it. I just know when I stopped using Avène's Gentle Toner, my skin felt and looked exactly the same. Which is why I give it 2 lipsticks. No harm or foul but no benefits, either. If I'm shelling out twenty-something dollars for a product, I expect it do some good at the very least.
I have dry combination + sensitive skin and I love Avene products! I was trying to brighten my skin and made a bad mistake of buying a toner with alcohol in it. After 5-7 days of using the toner which had alcohol in it, my cheeks which were the drier parts of my face started flaking and peeling.
Desperate, I searched for a toner which was gentle enough yet works for my skin type. And I am so happy I got the Avene Gentle Toner!! After 2 days of switching over to the Avene Gentle Toner, my skin totally stopped peeling and looked more hydrated than before. It leaves your face feeling refreshed and soothed, no taut stingy feeling on the dry areas.
I'm about 3-4 weeks into the toner and will definitely buy again when I finish my bottle!
This is my favourite toner, which I always come back to. It is very gentle, feels hydrating and non-drying on the skin, and adds that lovely 'finishing touch' to my cleansing routine. Moisturiser seems easier to apply after use. Also, it smells absolutely divine. It is a little pricey for a toner, but well worth it.
This is one of the first toners I've tried, and I love it. Don't neglect the need to tone, ladies! It's lightly fragranced, alcohol-free and oil-free. I haven't used it enough to notice any results, but I plan to use it as a final step in the cleansing process. It isn't drying my skin like alcoholic toners tend to be, it's just great and I would definitely repurchase from Avene.
Another great product by Avene!! I have very oily skin and I was a bit sceptical about buying this - in fact my skin was a bit distressed when I bought it (it's acne prone and I had those odd little spots on my forehear) and I thought I might try it as I've read reviews that it actually calms your skin. And guess what: After using it for the first time, the spots were almost gone! I could not believe it! It doesn't make your skin fell try or sting (like those clinique ones, full of alcohol) and no blackheard either (I was using clinique's 3 Step a few years ago and my skin was full of them...) I use it at night usually under Avene's Eluage and it's really fantastic. In the morning I prefer wearting the matifying fluid on it's own. I would definitely re-purchase this once it's over, I don't think I can live without it anymore!
Avene gentle toner
My skin is dry combination and avene gentle toner is great.
1. It does not contain alcohol so skin feels moist, and cleansed. It's not drying like toners containing alcohol.
2. It has light fragrance that's soft and undisturbing.
3. I like its packaging for the gentle soft colors and the openness ad casualness of design. It feels like it is made by some secret magic recipe not yet commercialized as big brands. I like its imperfect spontaneity of design.
4. Even when I have open scars from popping pimples, this toner feels gentle on them, and it does not sting.
1. Must be shaken before use as it separates into two. It looks pretty and intriguing when it does that nonetheless and adds to its specialness.