This toner is not recommended for anyone’s skin because it contains potent irritants such as alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol. Alcohol causes free-radical damage and dryness, while witch hazel and menthol cause irritation. All of that is a problem for skin. This is a prime example of a toner that stands little chance of helping your skin. Unfortunately, this type of toner formula is found far too often in the world of skin care.
- Contains several irritants (see More Info for details on why irritation is bad for your skin).
- Stands a very good chance of making oily skin worse.
- As if the irritants weren’t bad enough, the formula also contains fragrance and coloring agents. (Toners don’t need to look or smell pretty to be effective.)
The trio of irritants in this toner not only hurts skin’s healing response, but causes collagen to break down and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore. Oily skin likely will become more of a problem (although initially you’ll see less oil), and this also prolongs the healing time of red marks from acne.
Olays Oil Minimizing Toner helps to thoroughly remove dirt, excess oil and make-up residue from your skin.
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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