With all the Caroline Hirons mania since the MUA Pixiwoo sisters featured UK’s very own pro skincare guru on their BodyTalk channel people like myself have been waking up and switching up on skincare. I sense a bead of sweat rolling downward for several brands since hundreds of thousands of people have begun to furiously check ingredients lists wanting a proper and safe revamp for their faces. I’m not one to completely fuss and throw out everything but I have been zooming through my current staples wanting to finish them up since I’ve got a Ms.Hirons sort of “haul” (ugh, hate the word but it helps you envision) coming through beginning of next month. Recently I’ve realized that not everything she recommends has to be imported, she simply goes on like a broken record about ALCOHOL-FREE when it comes to toners and now at least I’ve got something, and it’s proudly Filipino.
KEY INGREDIENTS : Aloe, Glycerin, Witch Hazel flower water, Moringa (malunggay leaf extract), Omega (sunflower oil), and Olive Leaf Extract. Php 95.00 (available in Watsons, SM Supermarkets, SM Savemore, SM Hypermarkets, and Robinson’s Department Stores)
I like that Ms. Hirons is not legalistic about ingredients she doesn’t like but she just says better if they’re not in a product at all, are neutralized by another ingredient in the mix, or are near the bottom of the ingredients list (meaning only the least, tiny amount). We know that she’s sweetly supportive and devoted to Emma Hardie skincare, the range she forever supports, and what she goes on and on for miles about is their Lift and Sculpt Moringa range. Moringa my friends is MALUNGGAY…Pinays wake up…we’ve got some great Malunggay stuff going on at the moment, like the Moringa-O2 skincare range for instance by the makers of Gluta-C, the range has been around for a couple of years but only recently has it been aggressively marketed via social media and I’m glad their team sent me the range to try. I’ve quickly become a fan of the Moringa-O2 Herbal Facial Toner just in the last few hours so I decided to give you a short review. What I like about this toner is everything about it being hydrating and charged with natural goodies and the only thing I dislike is that it’s scented, once again…they didn’t have to…really, I’d much rather they didn’t, right? FRAGRANCE FREE wins faces every time people, come on. The scent however is light and pleasant and doesn’t stay on your face, it smells similar to Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.
This is the moment, I have to get it out, because I need to stress this. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE TONER AS MAKEUP REMOVER PLEASE. TONER IS NOT MAKEUP REMOVER. TONER WILL NOT HELP IF YOU HAVE MAKEUP IN THE WAY. So please kindly remove your makeup with a proper makeup remover, CLEANSE (if you can use an SLS free cleanser better), and then use a toner. I apply the Moringa-O2 Facial Toner on with my favorite cotton pads (Delon from S&R if i’m not mistaken, the round ones with a smooth side and textured side) 2 dashes to the textured side of the pad to help get excess grime off, then 2 dashes to the smooth side to apply again for added hydration and overall clean. This really did not make my skin feel tight in the slightest and my face felt refreshed, plump, and happy, it also helped my skin better receive my DermaE Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Serum (my Hydraluron dupe) afterwards followed by my moisturizer, layering the 3 didn’t clash on my face which surprised me in a positive way. While it’s alcohol-free still DO NOT try taking this near your eyes by the lash line because it’s scented…you can take it around the eye area, on eyebags, just don’t get too close. It left my skin cool and refreshed without alcohol thanks to soothing Aloe and Witch Hazel blossom water which comprises the base of the toner preventing any sort of parched feeling. The leave-in goodie for your skin is the Moringa Extract which is steadily in the center of the ingredients list indicating it’s got a good amount of this, moringa has healing and balancing properties that nourish the skin. I wouldn’t wonder too much about the benefits, if there are any, of the Sunflower and Olive Leaf extract since they’re so far down the list this contains too tiny amount. Anyhow, it’s good to know they’re in there, better good than bad. At Php95.00 this toner is a local drugstore gem. Follow Moringa-O2 on Facebook for more product updates and information.