*Phew* That was quite a mouthful there, wasn't it?
But rest assured it's a name worth remembering!
[Michael Todd's Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner]
I got my Michael Todd haul from the States a few months ago, and I've been testing the contents out in a rather rigorous manner ever since because I'm someone who buys into hype, but remains a skeptic. Basically, one of the reasons I keep buying stuff is because I feel like I'm on Mythbusters when I'm in the testing phase. I will gladly admit that I did send my resume in to the show at some point a few years ago when I was obsessively marathoning it. Alas, there was no response!
Back to the point at hand! This toner in particular, out of their entire range, has been lauded as the best thing since electricity, and not just by people with similar skin types to mine, but everyone! So, what we have here is a toner which is meant to be effective for all and sundry. Why? It's antibacterial and contains hyaluronic acid. Which means that it's both clarifying and hydrating at the same time. Perfection!
I only have a little baby size of this, 30 ml, but it lasted me a good 3 weeks with use twice a day, which means that the full size of 250 ml (US$18.50) should last my whole life!
Okay, let's be more specific with this toner. I started using it after a particularly bad reaction to a set of products (La Prairie), and when nothing was being effective enough, this definitely stepped my healing up a notch. While it is a Blue Green Algae toner, it comes out clear, and when I used it on my skin, it left a slightly warming sensation for a brief period. This led me to believe that it was doing something, and I was right! It's definitely not a miracle product. My pimples did clear up and I did notice that my skin was slightly less congested during its use. My primary skin issue (well, other than the million problems like blackheads, pores, et al), tends to be with bumps under the skin. Not the kind that will turn into pimples eventually, the kind that just stay there making you want to use sandpaper to get rid of them. Well, they reduced significantly with use of this toner as well.
The fact that it's got a very short ingredient list, and it's as natural as it gets before it becomes a witchdoctor's brew speaks volumes for why it didn't irritate my skin. It smells slightly apothecary-ish, but not unpleasantly so. I'd definitely repurchase this, and I intend to once I get through the 50,000 toners which are currently in my possession.
Michael Todd is currently having their Thanksgiving sale, so head on over for 25% off storewide because they do deliver Worldwide for a very reasonable/nominal fee!
On a side note, I'm beginning to recognise that my skin responds very well to products of this sort: Clarifying and hydrating simultaneously, and I'm on the hunt for the products in these ranges that suit me well. Updates of my search to come.