While I am waiting with baited breath with bated breath excitedly for the arrival of my Josie Maran Argan Oil mist-on primer, I thought I’d talk about what I’m currently spritzing on my face, which is JASON’s Super-C Toner.
JASON is a line that promotes itself as being “natural,” and you’ve all heard my spiel on how saying a product is “natural” is about as informative as telling your Aunt Muriel that her green-bean-and-pickle casserole was “interesting.” Because of this, I rarely buy something just because it says it’s “natural.” But this toner did have two things going for it right off the bat: it was inexpensive, and it’s alcohol-free (which is important in any toner; there is never any reason to be swabbing your face with alcohol, even if your skin is oily).
And since the bottle is orange, and it has vitamin C in it, which we all know only comes from oranges <eyeroll>, it should also smell like oranges! Which it does, sort of, like an Orange Julius mixed with baby aspirin. Some people will probably hate the scent; I love it in a total childish-nostalgia way.
The purpose of using a toner is to remove any traces of makeup that your cleanser has left behind, to remove any traces of the cleanser itself that were not rinsed off, and to prep your skin for the application of skincare products by helping to return the skin to its regular (slightly acidic) pH if your cleansers were not pH balanced. If it also provides antioxidants or other ingredients that are beneficial to skin, so much the better. This one, as you might guess, has vitamin C in it, which is an excellent antioxidant for skin. Will this toner change your life? No. Will you see immediate results from the application of a little bit of vitamin C to your skin? Probably not. However, if you’re going to use a toner anyway, then you might as well use one that provides some benefit to your skin. There are other toners that provide more moisturizing or moisture-attracting ingredients, but they tend to be expensive and I’d rather spend my money on getting those ingredients in a moisturizing cream or lotion, where the ingredients are more likely to sit around and soak into the skin rather than evaporate.
This performs almost as well as the Alba Hibiscus Toner that I really like, and can be gotten for considerably less when on sale, so I’m happy to add it to my rotation, and will continue to use it until I get tired of the scent.
JASON Super-C Toner: $8.99 for 6 oz (list price); often on sale or cheaper online
Price/Value Ratio (drugstore: poor/fair/good/excellent):
Purchase again? Yes.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)