Rosewater Uplifting Spray
Rosewater Uplifting Spray is essentially a lightweight toner meant to "instantly refresh" skin and set makeup, but there's very little in this formula that can help skin. In fact, it contains ingredients that could actually irritate it! And, because this spray is mostly water, it won't do much to set or revive makeup, although it absolutely can cause it to streak or smear. This is one of the most confusing products we've run into in quite a while.
This spray contains rosewater, orange peel oil, and alcohol, all known skin irritants, and alcohol presents an additional problem of generating free-radical damage—none of that is uplifting in the least. While this does contain the skin-identical ingredient sodium hyaluronate, that's not enough to mitigate the effects of the problematic ingredients—and even if these problem ingredients weren't present, your skin deserves more than just a single beneficial ingredient!
What's amusing (at least to us) is Beautycounter's suggestion to spray this not only on your face but also on your pillows at night so you can enjoy a "light rose aroma" as you sleep. Your skincare and household fragrance should not be the same product! What is this, facial Febreze?
Whether you want a spray-on or regular toner, see our top picks on our list of Best Toners that are loaded with potent skin-repairing and anti-aging ingredients. If you want an air freshener for your home, we suggest checking out the non-skincare aisles at the drugstore.
- Lacks a range of skin-beneficial ingredients (the sole one is sodium hyaluronate).
- Contains rosewater, orange peel oil, and alcohol, all known skin irritants, and alcohol also generates free-radical damage.
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described serial entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewarts media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brands primary focus is provide what it calls safe skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing harmful is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.
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