BENTON ALOE BHA SKIN TONER REVIEW

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I probably should have called this post, “A Love Letter to lớn Benton,” & you’re about khổng lồ understand why. Back in April, I had a series of cystic breakouts as a result of the Rodial Bee Venom Moisturizer I was testing. I stopped using that moisturizer, and the breakout immediately lessened in severity – meaning, my cystic acne spots mostly gave way lớn slightly less cystic acne spots. Then I started testing a different skincare line (which I’ll reveal when I finally reviews it), which caused my acne lớn flare up again with a vengeance. I stopped using those products as well, and went back to my baseline routine. This made my rash of acne less angry, but it didn’t make it go away. In fact, I was still getting new pimples.

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My baseline routine had never let me down before – I usually see my skin start to lớn clear within a couple of weeks when I use those products. This whole fiasco is particularly alarming because I use a prescription retinoid every night. At the very least, I expected my Tretinoin khổng lồ clear things up. My current working theory is that my sensitivity khổng lồ Cetearyl Alcohol (and other fatty alcohols) somehow kicked into high gear throughout my hàng hóa testing debacle. I cut out the Cerave moisturizer (which contains Cetearyl Alcohol) just in case my theory was true, and began using only pure Baobob (night) and Passion Fruit (day) oils as my moisturizers. This did help, but the problem was still there.

Desperate for an end to my acne, which, while not disfiguring, was certainly disheartening, I needed lớn try something new. After some research, I decided to lớn try some products from a small Korean skincare company called Benton. Benton only has a handful of products in its catalog, all of which have extremely impressive ingredient lists. With this knowledge, và a little a bit of hope, I jumped face first into the Benton line.

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Today I’ll be talking about the Aloe BHA Skin Toner ($17). Normally I would wait at least 4 weeks before reviewing a skincare product. However, the results after the first 14 days of using the Benton line were so dramatic that I couldn’t wait lớn show everyone. You’ll see what I mean when you get to the before and after photos.

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What is it?

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner is a Korean toner, meaning it’s designed lớn be moisturizing, as opposed lớn Western toners, which are designed to lớn be astringent. This toner is designed for all skin types, including sensitive skin, và promises lớn treat acne, and help prevent skin damage due lớn irritants & stress.

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Ingredients:Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (58%), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer.

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This ingredient các mục won me over immediately. It’s comprised almost entirely of skincare actives, the only exception being the Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer, which is a thickening/stabilizing agent. Not only is this danh mục almost entirely actives, but the actives are a really good ones! Here’s a quick look at the ingredients I was most excited about, along with my explanation of each one:

Aloe Barbadensis – Aloe is a classic skincare ingredient for very good reason. It contains antioxidant properties with Vitamins A, C, và E, fatty acids, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well as naturally occurring salicylic acid. It’s fantastic at treating acne, redness, & dryness, among other things. There’s actually a great summary from the Indian Journal of Dermatology about all the amazing things Aloe does – it’s definitely worth a read.

Salicylic Acid – Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is often used as an acne treatment. It is a naturally occurring ingredient, usually derived from willow bark, but also occurs in other sources, such as Aloe. It’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, và an exfoliant. Salicylic Acid has been shown in multiple studies to lớn improve skin barrier function và collagen production. It’s best used in concentrations from 0.5% – 2%.

Beta-Glucan – Beta-Glucan is comprised of sugars derived from the cell walls of fungi, yeasts, lichens, or other plants. It’s used in medicine to boost the body’s immune system in cases where normal immune defenses are weakened by conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, chemotherapy, or emotional stress. Topically, it’s used lớn treat dermatitis, eczema, wrinkles, wounds, & burns. It’s anti-inflammatory & promotes collagen production.

Snail Secretion Filtrate – Snail mucin might sound icky to lớn some, but it actually contains a lot of exciting, skin-friendly ingredients such as antioxidants, proteins, elastin, and glycolic acids. It’s also antimicrobial, and in addition khổng lồ being shown lớn effectively promote wound healing in a couple of in-vitro studies, there was a newer study released in April of this year that showed snail secretion to be effective when it comes lớn repairing photodamage. It’s especially helpful for acne, overall skin tone, & reducing acne scarring. (Study: Effects of snail secretion filtrate on photoaged skin)

Betaine – Humectant and anti-irritant. In fact, some studies have shown it khổng lồ be less irritating than pure water! Betaine protects against cellular dehydration that can sometimes occur when cells absorb substances though osmosis.

When I ran this menu through COSDNA, there were no irritants or acne triggers in this formula. In fact, all the ingredients ranked 0 in both the irritant & acne trigger category, which is a rare find!

Performance

ApplicationI use Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner immediately after cleansing. I spray 2-3 spritzes onto my face while it’s still wet, then pat it into my skin. The consistency is slightly thicker than water, but nowhere near this thickness of a gel. This toner absorbs quickly – within a minute or two, at most.

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PackagingThe toner comes in a plastic spray bottle not unlike a travel bottle you might find at the drug store. It’s a cheap container, which I’m mostly fine with, except that the spray nozzle on this bottle is brutal! It often takes a couple of pumps before the hàng hóa comes out, and when it does, there is so much coming out at once that it feels lượt thích I’m being sprayed in the face with a water hose.