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Apotheke Science Firming Toner Review
Most of us have our own tried and tested skincare routines by now. Some incorporate a toning step in their routines, while others skip toning altogether. It’s not really a beauty routine if you skip toning, and there’s nothing wrong with having a toning step included in your regimen too. As they say, when it comes to beauty and skincare, your mileage may vary. What works for others may not work for you, and vice versa.
There are a lot of toning products out there in the market, and each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses. Some target specific skin issues such as acne marks, redness, and the like, while other toning products are more for in-general usage. Some even have ingredients such as honey, propolis, aloe vera, green tea, rose petals, and more to help rid the skin of issues. Toners help in cleansing the skin a little more, and they aid a lot in prepping the skin, making it soft and supple for the next step of the routine.
Today, we’re taking a look at a local beauty brand and its own version of an astringent. Introducing the Apotheke Science Firming Toner, a locally-made astringent that has a price of PHP 300. Read on to know more about what this product can do for you!
About the Apotheke Science Philippines Firming Toner
Apotheke Science Philippines is a local skincare brand created by a molecular biologist and a medical doctor. The skincare products of the brand are all handcrafted and use only the finest natural ingredients. The reason for this is that they believe that only necessary agents are ideal to protect the skin from irritants and outside factors. Apotheke’s products aim to slow down the effects of aging, and reduce acne, redness, puffiness, scars, itchiness, and inflammation. It also claims to rescue the skin from eczema. Their most popular products include the Niacinamide 10% Serum, the Detoxifying Face Mask, Spot Treatment, and the Firming Toner.
The Apotheke Toner is formulated with witch hazel extract and pure rose water hydrosol. The Toner aims to close pores and firm the skin while moisturizing it. Unlike other toners in the market, the Apotheke toning liquid comes in a spray bottle, allowing it to double as a spritzer throughout the day.
Benefits of the Apotheke Science Toner
The Apotheke firming astringent can help the skin in a lot of ways. It’s said that this toning product can:
- Clear and cleanse the skin
- Tighten the skin
- Brighten skin tone
- Close pores
- Firm up the skin
- Moisturize the skin
- Balance sebum production
- Maintain balance of pH level
Ingredients of the Apotheke Science Toner
Just like all of Apotheke’s other products, the firming astringent only has a few ingredients in it! The brand promises to use only the most necessary and vital ingredients, and they truly deliver on that promise with this short and straight-to-the-point ingredient list. The Apotheke Firming astringent has the following components in its ingredient list:
- Witch Hazel Extract – Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that boost the immune function of the skin throughout the day.
- Rose Water Hydrosol – Rose water moisturizes the skin, and balances sebum production, making this astringent ideal for dry, oily, and combination skin types.
- Pure Organic St. John’s Wort Extract – Has antibacterial effects
- Pure Organic Green Tea Extract – Helps in calming down inflammation
This product also contains aloe barbadensis, commonly known as aloe vera. Additionally, the Apotheke Firming liquid is alcohol-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free. It’s also free from parabens, GMOs, sulfates, silicones, artificial preservatives, synthetic chemicals, additives, and stabilizers.
What does Witch Hazel do?
Witch hazel is a small tree that’s native to North America. This tree is loaded with components that benefit the skin. Also known as hamamelis virginiana extract, this plant has astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties, making it ideal for skincare. Witch hazel extract is also known to be a vasoconstrictor, making the blood vessels narrower, and also promotes the healing of broken skin in the way that it can tighten up the skin proteins, resulting in a protective covering.
How do you use the Apotheke Toner?
This alcohol-free astringent is meant to be used after cleansing and before using a serum. Simply spray it directly on your face and let it air dry. You can also spray the product on a cotton pad and once it’s soaked evenly, apply it to your face in gentle swipes. This product is best used together with the Apotheke Pure Castile Facial Wash, which is a mild hypoallergenic cleanser made with extra virgin olive oil. The beauty brand also suggests using this toning liquid with the Apotheke Brightening Night Serum which helps increase melanin production.
Here’s an extra tip: you can put this product inside the fridge for an additional cooling effect once you spritz it over your face.
Where to buy the Apotheke Firming Toner
Looking for a firming astringent that can cleanse the skin and doesn’t have a high price tag? Add the Apotheke Firming toning liquid to your cart now and incorporate it into your skincare routine! Check out Lazada to get all the best deals and prices!
One thing that we truly like about this firming astringent is its non-alcohol formula. A lot of toners in the market include alcohol in their ingredients, and that’s such a big no-no, especially for those with the sensitive skin types. It’s great to see a product that deals away with alcohol and only incorporates natural components. Since it’s alcohol-free, it’s non-drying and does give the skin the moisture boost that it needs. Another thing that we like about this astringent is its packaging. We like the spray bottle it’s housed in as it makes dispensing an absolute breeze. We can even use it as a spritzer to freshen up throughout the day.
Are you interested in other Apotheke products that help tighten pores, clear acne, and reduce skin aging? We’ve got an array of reviews for you! If you’re looking for an affordable serum, check out our review of the Niacinamide 10% that’s formulated with aloe vera gel and helps in healing acne and calming inflammation.
We also have a review of the Apotheke Spot Treatment, a product that contains green tea and aids in stopping propionibacterium acnes from causing breakouts. Do take a look at our Brightening Night Serum review as well — great for all skin types, this product contains aloe vera extract that helps in inhibiting melanin production to brighten the skin. Check them out!
We like that this toning liquid is free from parabens, alcohol, sulfates, and other artificial components. It does feel refreshing on the face when applied, and we swear by Apotheke’s tip of refrigerating this product before spritzing it on! It’s a great thing to do, especially in the warm climate that we have.
We do think that this astringent does cleanse the skin and prepares it well for the next steps in our regimen. It does a good enough job of moisturizing as well. However, we can’t really see its claims of tightening the pores.
Another thing that we’re not into is its scent. It smells off, but it does fade away after a few moments. If you’re not fond of scents or if your skin type is sensitive to scents no matter how short-lived, you may want to steer clear of this one.
Still, for a toning product with a price under PHP 300, you may want to look into it and include it on your beauty shelf. If you’re unsure of toners or if you’re just starting out with using them, you may want to give this one a try.
Ira Arellano graduated with a degree in Multimedia Arts from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. When she’s not busy writing, Ira uses her remaining free time fawning over groups with too many members, reading three books simultaneously, crying over animated shows and fictional people, and being salty over her lack of gacha luck.