Name: Silky-Soft Lotion
Brand: Maria Galland
From Maria Galland’s website:
Pure innovation: this out-of-the-ordinary facial lotion – for normal and sensitive skin that tends to be dry – fascinates with its special gel texture. Algae and Baikal skullcap extracts supply intensive moisture, soothe the skin and, at the same time, give it more fullness. For instant comfort every time the skin’s been cleansed!
What I liked:
– may provide some hydration to dry skin
– practical packaging
What I didn’t like:
– did nothing for me
– water-like texture is runny
I never understood the appeal of toner. It may help remove the last traces of impurities left on your skin, but what does that say about your cleanser? Some toners hydrate skin, but if you need more moisture, why not switch to a richer moisturizer? And don’t get me started on astringents. They dry out my skin like crazy, and irritate it too.
So, I’m not exactly eager to add a toner to my skincare routine. Maybe that’s why it took me a couple of years to try the small sample of Maria Galland Silky-Soft Lotion, which I had found in a Glossybox. Thankfully, the formula hasn’t changed, so it’s not too late to review it. Did it make me change my mind about toners?
Sadly, not. Maria Galland Silky Soft Lotion is supposed to have a gel-like consistency (that’s what their website says anyway), but that’s not how I would describe it. It’s just slightly thicker than water, and very runny, which can make application a frustrating mess.
Unlike the sample bottle, which has a large opening, the full size packaging comes with a pump dispenser, which should make it easier to get the right amount of product you need. But how much is that?
I tried a little, I tried a lot, but I always had the same results. Or, better, lack of results. This toner is supposed to soothe and hydrate skin, but it does absolutely nothing for me. I feel like I have applied nothing. Maybe that’s because this lotion is not formulated for my skin type.
Maria Galland says it is for normal and sensitive skin that tends to be dry. Mine is combination (and definitely not sensitive), but I didn’t notice an improvement even on my driest areas. Could it be because my moisturizer (Olay Total Effects Day Cream SPF 15), which I apply afterwards, does a great job of taking care of them as to make the small hydration provided by the toner go unnoticed?
The toner contains Glycerin, a humectant able to draw moisture from the environment into the skin, helping it to stay hydrated and soft. If your skin is drier than mine and your moisturizer doesn’t help much, then this may provide a little extra boost. But even so, I don’t find it so hydrating to justify its high price tag.
And that’s why I gave it such a low rating. I wondered whether I should give it at least a 3 instead. After all, it’s obvious this stuff is not formulated for my skin type, which undoubtedly affected the way it worked (or didn’t) for me. If you have dry, sensitive skin, you may get better results. But, as I just mentioned, it’s not nearly enough as hydrating and special for the price it charges.
Ingredients (in alphabetical order)
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Aqua, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ci 14700 (Red 4), Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Eugenol, Glycerin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Root) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Carrageenan, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Trehalose, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Xanthan Gum
Available at: Shannon Cosmetics
Maria Galland Silky-Soft Lotion is said to have a gel-like texture that soothes and hydrates normal and sensitive skin that tends to be dry. Instead, it has a water-like, runny consistency that did nothing for my combination skin.