If you like your exfoliants in liquid form, then Theory Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner is a good option for you. I prefer to use liquid exfoliants, and this 5% glycolic acid toner works really well. It is formulated without any synthetic fragrances or alcohol. There are also a lot of botanical extracts that are good for your skin, like extracts of watermelon, rosehip, green tea, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.
Glycolic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid/AHA) is a cosmetic ingredient used for exfoliation. Alpha-hydroxy acids actually dissolve the bonds between skin cells, and so the dead skin cells are easily shed from skin’s surface. This helps reveal the fresh, brighter skin underneath. But for this to work, the acid has to be at the proper pH (between 3 and 4). Thankfully, the creators of Theory Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner knew this, and formulated it accordingly. It’s also cruelty-free (yay!).
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Panthenol (Pro VitaminB5), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Allantoin, Lavendula angustifolia (Lavender) essential oil
This toner comes in a pump top container that dispenses product directly onto a cotton ball or cotton pad. The texture is very light and watery, with a faint lavender scent. I found 4 or 5 pumps to provide about the correct amount to cover my whole face and decolletage.
I searched the internet far and wide to find a glycolic acid toner that was formulated at the correct pH (this one is around 3.2), without alcohol, synthetic fragrance, or any of the other ingredients I’m allergic to (there are many…). Theory Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner fit the bill, and I’ve been impressed with it. It exfoliates well, and doesn’t irritate my skin. However, it does contain lavender oil. So if you are intolerant to all fragrance, then you might need to skip this one.
I’m a fan of Theory Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner, and found it to be an effective liquid exfoliant option for my sensitive, reactive skin. I’ve been using it several times per week without irritation or reactions. For sensitive-skinned gals like myself, I wouldn’t say it’s gentle enough for daily use. But you should have no troubles with multiple times per week.