08 March, 2016 Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner
Hello one and all – coming at you today with a review of the gorgeous Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner. Merumaya is up their with some of my favourite beauty ranges, and I featured their gorgeous products in a Top Six: Favourite Skincare Brands post. When I find a company whose formulas, scents and overall attitude suit my lifestyle and outlook, I tend to go all in, and on a recent count, I own 12 (yes, 12) products from the fabulous range. You can check out my overview of Merumaya products here, although I am considering sharing an updated version soon.
Anyway, back to the good stuff – their newest launch is the Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner*, a product that claims to slough away dead skin, refine pores and detoxify, whilst hydrating and smoothing at the same time. With a high dose of hyaluronic acid to moisturise, and betaine to soothe, it’s the perfect antidote to stinging, abrasive and often alcohol-laden toning lotions.
After cleansing, I’ll splash my face with cold water, then apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, and sweep over my face and neck. It feels refreshing, but without the tingle-factor (the exact terminology, dontcha know) of other exfoliating toners I’ve tried. It doesn’t feel tight or itchy, like you may find with a physical exfoliant, and I could easily move onto serum and moisturiser without the need for a facial spray. However I don’t, and I’ll go in with a hydrating spritzer, because I love piling on as much skincare as possible both AM and PM.
The reason this feels so gentle on the skin, and so different to toners I’ve tried in the past, is because this is as equally exfoliating as it is moisturising. The skin-renewal action comes from natural AHA’s, which loosen dead skin to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin underneath. For ladies (and men) who suffer from skin sensitivity but also want to exfoliate and make their complexions look brighter and more luminous, this will be a game-changer.
I’ve been using the Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner for over a month, and I’ve noticed a visible difference in the texture and tone of my skin, especially around my chin and cheeks – where I often experience dry flaky patches, and hormonal breakouts. The toner keeps things feeling plump and smooth, and I’ve found that makeup always applies smoother when I’ve used this in the morning.
What I love about Merumaya products is that they offer effective, luxurious products, at reasonable prices. The packaging is sleek and chic, and really stands out against the stark white bottles that take up most of my bathroom shelves. It’s a brand with personality, that offers real solutions for women of all ages and skin types. Their #BeautyHasNoAge campaign is also fantastic, and I encourage everyone to check out their video of founder Maleka explaining how we can celebrate female beauty, confidence and empowerment at any age.
At £17.50 for 128ml, the Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner is an affordable sink-side essential (just check out my Instagram feed to see how often it appears in my weekly regime), and I think that depending on your individual needs, you can easily slot this into your skincare lineup. Whether you choose to exfoliate every day or only twice a week, it’s gentle enough to compliment your current routine.
Share your thoughts and comments on this lovely product below, and let me know what else you’ve tried from Merumaya!