On looking at the minimal ingredients lists *hurrah* this product is mainly formulated from three types of waters so to speak,Tea Tree as the name suggests, Juniperberry Water and GrapeFruit water. I will explain the remedial properties of each to show you the benefit this product provides on application to the skin.
*Tea Tree Water is proven to be antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial; all of these features allow the water to be effective at minimising levels of bacteria which are involved in the formation of spots. Terpenes along with about 100 other substances within the tea tree oil itself is what has allowed this product to be remedial for over thousands of years.
*Grapefruit Water is obtained through cold expression of the fruit juice,the products of which are then dispersed into water.The water itself has antiseptic and astringent properties which allow it effectively work on acne-prone skin whilst also improving skin tone.
*Juniper-berry Water has many beneficial properties, but those which aid the skin itself are its antiseptic properties which allow the skin to be clear which helps maintain the skins overall balance.
Now that we know the breakdown on the ingredients list, I will explain how I apply the product,it's smell and consistency and finally, the results I have obtained whilst using the product.
I tend to switch between two different methods to apply the water, firstly after cleansing the skin I spray the product directly onto the cheeks on my face and pat the product into the skin, with clean hands. I find this allows the product to be pushed directly into my skin to absorbed and also allows me to have greater control of where it is being placed.
The other method is by spraying the water to cotton-wool balls, however I have found they absorb literally all of the product, which only allows minimal levels to actually absorb into the skin, hence wasting the water.Although some people may be against using your hands for application, I truly do find this the best method - just be sure to throughly clean your hands before application. As the name suggests it has the consistency of water, and doesn't cling to the skin like oil does from which the ingredients are originally derived. When it is applied you instantly get a calm and cooling effect, very similar to that of Fix+ but much more cooling than the latter.
The nozzle in which sprays the product is very sharp, its definitely a spray -not a mist like you receive on using M.A.C Fix+. Due to this you will need about three sprays to completely cover the face. One on the forehead,which then runs down to the nose, then one on each cheek which covers half of the skin,temple and under eye; so when repeated covers the entire face. I use this product twice a day (when I remember sometimes the mornings escape my grasp before I even notice) once in the morning after cleansing the skin,before applying moisturiser, and once before bed as my last step.
Results Of Application
When you wake up the next morning you truly notice the effect of the product. My skin is very smooth to the touch and feels refreshed, with no redness. Normally I wake with redness if I haven't used this product so this was the obvious difference I noticed when testing out this product. Another benefit is that the smell of the product does linger slightly,which I like.The smell of this is very hard to explain, but if you know what tea tree smells like you will recognise it straight-off the bat. But to the un-trained nose it smells very green(not herbal) and refreshing with a hint of a clean smell. It isn't a potent smell but very light and clean, so it is in no way overbearing on first application. I have found over the weeks of testing it has helped keep my skin happy,which entails soft skin which is balanced,with no oil spills or dry patches, more calm with the reduction of redness especially around problem areas and finally reduction of blemishes, when I did have a breakout when testing this product it did its job by reducing the size of the blemish itself and keeping it calm and camouflaged. Although when you first use this you only notice the smooth skin, over the weeks you really do see the difference in the skin itself, so don't be expecting a major difference on your first application. Its one of those things which progress with time and patience.
Although this product is marketed mainly for spot-prone and oily skin, this does also work on dry skin which I myself have in certain areas,so don't be put off by their tailored marketing. When my bottle reaches its end, which isn't anytime soon (it lasts a long time) I will be repurchasing this, as it is always handy to have for both on the go and to save your skin in times of need.
If you're still unsure whether toners are still worth using I would definitely say to give this one a go at £3.95 for a 100ml bottle it is well worth the test this 2014.
It is available from the Lush stores or Online HERE
Have you tried toners?