After More Than 10 Years, I’m Finally Back To Using Toners. Here’s Why.

by Gio

dhc beauty lift toner

I like to keep my skincare routine short and simple. There’s no point in using lots and lots of products just for the sake of it. If something can help my skin, I’ll use it. If not, bye bye.

That’s how I feel about toner. For the longest time, my skin didn’t need it, so I happily did without. But, in the past few months, my skin has become drier than usual, and I thought, “mmm, maybe I should try a hydrating toner to see if it helps?”.

So, I did. Every morning, after cleansing, I’d pour a few drops of DHC Beauty Lift Lotion on a cotton pad, and pat it on my skin. DHC says you can use the toner, which they call lotion just to mess with your head, with your hands, too, but I find it’s too runny for that.

The lightweight texture sinks almost immediately into my skin, hydrating and soothing it. The toner is high in humectants, like glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, which can attract and bind water to the skin. Sodium hyaluronate is my fave of the two because it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and works well even under low humidity.

All this hydration keeps skin soft and supple, reducing flakiness and that uncomfortable sensation of tightness. Another thing that helps dry skin is oats. These unassuming cereals have both soothing and hydrating properties that calm down skin and keep it in good condition.

Of course, this toner is not as hydrating as a moisturizer, but it does add an extra layer of moisture, which my skin happily soaks up. It helped me get rid of the roughness and make my skin soft again, which is all I wanted it to do really. Sure, I’d have loved to see some antioxidants in here, but hey, you can’t have everything.

Another thing I love about DHC Beauty Lift? It’s fragrance-free, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin, too. And, the bottle is so pretty. It seems more expensive than it is, and it looks great on my vanity, too.

Price & Availability: £34.00 at DHC

DHC Beauty Lift Lotion Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Glycosyl Trehalose, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sodium Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mevalonolactone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide 3, Pentapeptide-18

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8 comments

Jen June 1, 2016 - 3:10 pm

I’d love to see a run down of your favorite DHC products. I’ve never tried any but would like to place an order and don’t know where to start. Thanks.

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Gio June 1, 2016 - 11:20 pm

Jen, definitely try the CoQ10 Lotion (another toner) and the Renewing AHA Cream. The toner is very hydrating, and the AHA cream a gentle exfoliant that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. I also like DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

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Jen June 3, 2016 - 3:08 pm

Thanks! I have pretty dry, dehydrated skin so these sound great!

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Gio June 10, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Jen, I’m sure it’ll help.

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Hannah June 1, 2016 - 5:37 pm

Wow. Quite scary expensive,in my opinion,for a toner.

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Gio June 1, 2016 - 11:22 pm

Hannah, yes, this is not a cheap brand. But, at least, the toner works well.

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Laurie June 2, 2016 - 9:32 pm

I haven’t tried DNC, but I’ve had good luck with Paula’s Choice Resist toner (the one for dry skin). As you say, there’s something about that extra layer of moisture that makes a difference for skin!

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Gio June 2, 2016 - 11:23 pm

Laurie, there really is. It’s incredible how something so simple can make such a huge difference.

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