Banila Co Dear Hydration Toner
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Banila Co

Dear Hydration Toner

9.40 fl. oz. for $ 16.00
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Banila Co makes lofty claims for Dear Hydration Toner, but in the end, the formula does more harm than good. In fact, some of the hero ingredients that the brand calls out are actually skin irritants.

Chief on the list of problematic ingredients is denatured alcohol. High concentrations of this kind of alcohol damage skin in numerous ways, which you can read about in detail via the More Info section.

Next up is fragrance. In addition to the skin-sensitizing alcohol, fragrance amps the ante for irritation. Compounding matters, the peppermint extract that Banila Co claims “purifies, nourishes, and controls acne” is actually more likely to trigger inflammation that makes breakouts worse.

Another issue is that the beneficial antioxidants this toner contains are hampered by the see-through packaging which allows light in to prematurely break them down. This kind of exposure can be limited by storing the bottle somewhere dark (i.e. a closed drawer), but a better move would be if this came in opaque packaging from the get-go.

The bottom line: There’s really not much reason to opt for Dear Hydration Toner considering you can find superiorly formulated options on our reviews of best toners.

Pros:
  • Contains some beneficial ingredients.
Cons:
  • High amount of alcohol erodes skin’s protective barrier and damages other aspects of skin.
  • Combination of fragrance and peppermint extract increase the likelihood of irritation.
  • See-through bottle allows light exposure that can prematurely break down the antioxidants.

More Info:

Alcohol-Based Skincare Products: Research makes it clear that alcohol, as a main ingredient in any skincare product, especially one you use frequently and repeatedly, is a problem.

When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in skincare or makeup products, we’re referring to denatured ethanol, which most often is listed as SD alcohol, alcohol denat., denatured alcohol, or (less often) isopropyl alcohol.

When you see these types of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, the product is highly likely to irritate and cause other problems for skin; it doesn’t take much of this type of alcohol to trigger skin stress. There’s no way around it—these volatile alcohols are simply bad for all skin types.

The reason they’re included in products is because they provide a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it’s easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. If only those short-term benefits didn’t lead to negative long-term outcomes.

Using products that contain these alcohols will cause dryness, erode skin’s protective barrier, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from the alcohol can actually lead to an increase in breakouts and enlarged pores. As we said, the alcohol does have an immediate de-greasing effect on skin, but it causes irritation, which eventually will counteract the de-greasing effect and make your oily skin look even more shiny.

There are people who challenge us on the information we’ve presented about alcohol’s effects. They often base their argument on a study in the British Journal of Dermatology (July 2007, pages 74–81) that concluded “alcohol-based hand rubs cause less irritation than hand washing….” But, the only thing this study showed was that alcohol was not as irritating as an even more irritating hand wash, which contained sodium lauryl sulfate. So, the study is actually just telling you that one irritant, sodium lauryl sulfate, is worse than another irritant, alcohol.

Not all alcohols are bad. For example, there are fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be beneficial for skin. Examples that you’ll see on ingredient labels include cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol, all of which are good ingredients for skin. It’s important to differentiate between these skin-friendly alcohols and the problematic alcohols.

What about very low levels of denatured alcohol? These sometimes show up in products because the alcohol may be part of the preservative system or may have been used to make certain ingredients more soluble in the formula. In these instances, the amount of alcohol is typically below 0.1%, so is unlikely to pose a risk to skin.

References for this information:
Journal of Hospital Infection, August 2019, pages 419-424
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2017, pages 188-196
Drug Design, Development and Therapy, November 2015, pages 6,225-6,233
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, November 2014, pages 109-117
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice, March 2013, pages 195-196
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, November 2008, pages 1–16
Dermato-Endocrinology, January 2011, pages 41–49
Experimental Dermatology, June 2008, pages 542–551
Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366
Alcohol Journal, April 2002, pages 179–190  

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice.

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for it to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Banila Co's moisture charged Dear Hydration Toner adds hydration, removes impurities, and helps your skin to naturally glow. It also protects skin from external environment pollutants and provides moisture boost to improve skin's natural defense system. The Dear Hydration line features Banila Co's trademark Urban Water Guard System, formulated with peppermint extract which purifies, nourishes, and controls acne, holy basil extract which boosts skin immunity to fight radicals, relieves stress, and neem leaf extract which evens skin tone, diminishes scars and pigmentation.

Water, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Trehalose, C12-14 Pareth-12, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Bambusa Arundinacea Juice, Yeast Extract, Propylene Glycol, Pinus Sylvestris Bud Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Mentha Arvensis Extract.

Founded in 2006, Banila Co designates itself as a leader in K-beauty who’s constantly innovating “advanced formulas that are simple to use.” The line contains both makeup and skin care, but they are most well known for their cleansing balms. In their own words, “with Banila Co, your bare skin looks better, your makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer, and your nightly struggle at the sink is a million times easier.”

At the time of this writing, we’ve only reviewed a handful of Banila Co products of which this assortment has its fair share of pros and cons. Fragrance makes an appearance in most formulas, knocking down the ratings due to its potentially sensitizing effects on skin. Occasionally other irritants show up as well, and in some cases, packaging is an issue.

What Banila Co excels at is creating aesthetically pleasing textures that feel luxe to the touch. From cleansers to creams, they know what they’re doing when it comes to the sensorial experience for customers.

With some formulary and packaging tweaks, Banila Co would be able to offer the full package. We’ll be rooting for them to make improvements as the line continues to evolve!

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