Pros: Removes the dirt, oil and makeup that my cleanser leaves behind, and alcohol-free.
Cons: Doesn?t help with my oil issues (but it doesn't promise to), may aggravate sensitive skin.
I was looking for a good alcohol free toner to remove the makeup, dirt and oil that my cleanser left behind (which trust me, is a lot because I use extra gentle Cetaphil), contained no oil, alpha or beta hydroxides (I am on Differin) and wouldn?t clog my pores. Since Neutrogena is a brand that I trust I decided that I would give Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner a go.
Packaging and Price
For about $7.50 Canadian, you will get a 250mL (8.5 FL OZ)of Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner. The bottle is a simple light blue bottle with white writing, and in a little black box it says Neutrogena?. It also has a handy white flip-top cap. The one thing that I do not like about the packaging is that the hole in the flip top cap is to small to cover enough surface area on a cotton ball or pad, but I can easily live with it.
After washing your face, moisten a cotton ball or pad and apply to skin in gentle upwards motions.
The toner itself is a clear liquid with a light floral scent. Since the Neutrogena website recommends this product for sensitive skin, you would think that it would be fragrance free, but that doesn?t matter to me since I don?t have sensitive skin.
But Did It Work?
To see how this toner stacked up, lets take a look at the claims:
-Oil-free and non-comedogenic:
Neutrogena? Alcohol-Free Toner did not cause any flair-ups in my acne, nor did it cause it to look oily. I also see no oil in the ingredients, so I would say that it lives up to this claim.
-Neutrogena? Alcohol-Free Toner is specially formulated to provide clean, refreshing toning without the harsh, drying effects of alcohol. Special mild purifiers gently remove impurities and recondition your skin.:
After I washed my face, I applied the toner all over my face and looked at the cotton ball and the ball was full of oil and makeup. You mean to tell me that all this time that I used my Cetaphil without a toner I was leaving all of this behind! I would definitely say that Neutrogena? Alcohol-Free Toner lives up to this claim.
-Because it is alcohol-free, this formula will not strip delicate facial skin of its own natural moisturizers. Your skin will feel fresh and clean without tightness, dryness or stinging:
After I looked at the cotton ball, and all of the ?impurities? that it swept away, I half expected it to leave that tight feeling that most toners/astringents leave. But this alcohol-free toner left my skin feeling normal, not taut or dry. Luckily I did not experience a film like other people speak of either. I would say that it lived up to this claim as well.
I did notice a difference in the clairity of my skin after using this for about 6 or 7 weeks, but I started using this at the same time as I started my prescriptions for my acne, so I?m giving them the credit.
I do however have one complaint about this toner, which is that I wish that it had an oily skin version that had oil absorbers in it or something to help keep my oily skin under control, but still alcohol free with no alpha or beta hydroxy. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink Neutrogena!)
This toner did remove dirt, makeup and excess oil and I am impressed with yet another Neutrogena? product. If you have dry skin, normal skin or oily skin this product is a good bet, however oily skinned people please bear in mind that it will not help with your oil issues :o(.
If your skin is sensitive to fragrances however, this will probably cause a reaction although it is hypoallergenic.
Purified Water, PEG-4, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Ceteth-24, Choleth-24, Panthenol, Glyereth-26, Sodium PCA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Thanks for reading and rating,