Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner
Tula’s Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner is a good toner… just as long as you don’t count on it for impressive exfoliation benefits.
Packaged in an opaque bottle that protects its ingredients from both light and air, this lightweight toning fluid is suitable for all skin types. It absorbs quickly into skin, leaving no residue as it makes skin appear softer and plumper.
The starring ingredient is a 10% concentration of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) glycolic acid, one of the gold standard ingredients when it comes to surface skin exfoliation. Unfortunately, it’s here at a pH of 4.36, a bit above the range of what’s considered optimal (between 3-4) for the best exfoliation benefits.
Glycolic acid has hydrating properties at any pH, so you’re still getting that benefit here. (This also contains the AHA lactic acid, but the issue and benefits are the same as with the glycolic acid.)
In addition to these acids, there are probiotic ingredients (Lactococcus ferment lysate and yogurt) that can help fortify skin’s microbiome, improving its overall health. This also contains antioxidant green tea, blueberry, turmeric, and prebiotic chicory extract, as well as skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate.
As for the beetroot listed as an exfoliant in this product’s claims, this does have beet-derived betaine, which has hydrating benefits, but is not the same as the similarly-named betaine salicylate, another beet-derived ingredient that does have some mild exfoliating properties.
That said, this is still a good toner that skips out on the irritating and fragrant ingredients many other toners contain while providing skin-beneficial ingredients. However, if you’re looking for powerful exfoliation, we recommend a selection from out list of best exfoliants.
- Lightweight formula is suitable for all skin types.
- Glycolic and lactic acids hydrate skin.
- Includes probiotic ingredients to improve skin health.
- Contains antioxidants and sodium hyaluronate.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula’s pH is above what is considered optimal for exfoliation.
This alcohol-free glycolic acid toner uses probiotics and beetroot extract to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it looking smooth, hydrated and more even.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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