Paula's Choice - Purely Natural Refreshing Toner

Paula's Choice Purely Natural Refreshing Toner

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • avena sativa kernel extract
  • alanine
  • arginine
  • aspartic acid
  • camellia oleifera leaf extract
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • glycerin
  • glycine
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • lycium barbarum fruit extract
  • olea europaea fruit oil
  • pca
  • proline
  • prunus amygdalus dulcis oil
  • punica granatum extract
  • serine
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • threonine
  • tocopherol
  • vaccinium macrocarpon seed oil
  • vitis vinifera seed extract
  • +23 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

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"A mix of glycerin, plant-derived antioxidants and hydrating oils helps visibly replenish skin, restoring a silky-smooth youthful glow that looks as great as it feels."
WIMJ summary

This product contains aspartic acid, serine, threonine, vitis vinifera seed extract. These ingredients might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: salicylic acid.

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What does the product description say?
"A mix of glycerin, plant-derived antioxidants and hydrating oils helps visibly replenish skin, restoring a silky-smooth youthful glow that looks as great as it feels."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: alanine, arginine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine, helianthus annuus seed oil.

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This product contains antioxidants (camellia oleifera leaf extract, vitis vinifera seed extract) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - camellia sinensis leaf extract, punica granatum extract, vaccinium macrocarpon seed oil also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
1.25% - 2.5%
Plain old water
11% - 16%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.3% - 6.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
2.7% - 4.1%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
2.1% - 3.1%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
1.7% - 2.5%
A plant extract that contains resveratrol and other anti-oxidant compounds that can help neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation in skin and even out its tone. Can be also used to stabilize the product formulation
1.3% - 1.9%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
1.2% - 1.8%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation, even though it is not usually used in sufficient concentration in cosmetics
1.1% - 1.6%
An effective moisturizing and skin barrier repair ingredient. Helps calm down inflammation and has some anti-oxidant properties
0.95% - 1.4%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and even out the skin tone, but is typically used in products in a concentration that is too low to be effective
0.55% - 1.3%
A plant extract that may contain a small amount of essential oils. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.45% - 1.05%
A plant extract. Might have an antioxidant effect. Can be used as a fragrance
0.4% - 1%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.35% - 0.85%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.35% - 0.85%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.4% - 0.9%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An emollient that softens the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
A plant oil that can help neutralize free radicals, soften the upper layer of the skin, and support skin's barrier function
0.35% - 0.75%
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
0.2% - 0.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.2% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.2% - 0.7%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help restore the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.65%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to lighten the skin, but solid evidence is lacking
0.15% - 0.65%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.65%
0.15% - 0.65%
0.15% - 0.65%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.6%
An amino acid that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and support skin's barrier function
0.15% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.65%
An amino-acid that helps increase skin hydration and might help to slightly improve skin firmness, potentially reducing lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.55%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.15% - 0.55%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.15% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.55%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.3%

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