Cleansing, toning, moisturizing…We all know these 3 key steps for our daily skin care routine. We use a lot of beauty products to make our skin smooth, fresh and glowing. Sometimes we use the same products and brands over the years. BUT we forget a key fact and we must ask ourselves, “Is our skin same as it was 10 years ago?”
Maybe not. Our skin parameter changes as we age, the skin needs change also. So, you require a product line specifically designed for you at your age and the needs of your changing skin.
Goodness of Toners
Toners rebalance the pH of the skin after cleansing. The founder of Stages of Beauty, Jasmina Aganovic, who is an MIT-trained chemical & biological engineer, shared with us interesting information on incorporating a toner into one’s skincare regimen, below:
– Tightens pores and reduces pore size
– Restores the skin’s natural pH
– Reverse and defends against free radical damage
– Brightens the skin’s complexion
– Delivers nutrients to smooth and plump the skin
Stages of Beauty is the first anti-aging skin care brand divided into age appropriate product lines for women. The product line ( which included cream, cleanser, serum, scrub, etc. ) addresses the skin care needs of women based on the specific biological needs of her skin. Stages of Beauty is committed to keeping our skin looking as young and beautiful as possible. This month, Stages of Beauty launched a collection of four toners (all $19.99), each with ingredients and formulations specific to different ages (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s).
RADIANCE Balancing Toner for 20s – balance and purify the skin with this powerful antioxidant toner. Red algae and African red tea help fight free radical damage, while soothing and calming the skin, leaving it refreshed and radiant. By balancing the skin’s pH after cleansing, it also allows to enhance the absorption of any moisturizer applied afterwards.
HARMONY Invigorating Toner for 30s – balance and rejuvenate the skin with this energizing toner. Citrus antioxidants help repair damage, while wildflower botanicals help promote cellular renewal and peptides help fight fine lines and wrinkles. This toner works to balance the pH of the skin after cleansing and allows for better absorption of products applied afterwards.
ELEGANCE Regenerative Toner for 40s – soothe and invigorate the skin with this restorative toner. Botanical stem cells help calm sensitivity, while peptides help promote elasticity and firmness, leaving your skin more hydrated and balanced. Used after cleansing, this toner helps any hydrating products absorb better into the skin afterwards.
GRACE Regenerative Toner for 50+ – nurture and hydrate the skin with this restorative toner. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin, while peptides fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. White tea works to strengthen the immune layer while balancing the effects of hormones on the skin. When applied after cleansing it allows for better absorption of products applied afterwards.
Unique Ingredients In The Bottle
Monk’s Pepper Berry Extract – antioxidant complex shown to dramatically improve the vitality and appearance of skin while fighting signs of aging, promoting a radiant glow and increase hydration.
Red Tea Extract – found in the mountains of South Africa, this has been shown to contain SOD, which acts as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in the body, neutralizing free radicals that can lead to wrinkles and aged skin. Red tea is full of vitamins and minerals that increase capillary strength and promote younger, healthier looking skin.
Western Dock – the extract of the Western Dock plant contains Tyrosinase inhibitory enzymes that lighten the appearance of unwanted dark spots.
Our Skin as We Age – SKIN FACTS
In Our 20s
Due to constant exposure to the sun and a hectic lifestyle we begin to deal with damage which leads to the premature development of fine lines and wrinkles. The RADIANCE line focuses on preventive care, repairing and protecting skin against environmental damage and free radicals.
In Our 30s
Skin starts to take twice as long to regenerate, leading to a dull complexion and uneven skin tone. Collagen and elastin degradation leads to the first appearance of deep wrinkles. The HARMONY line puts additional focus on promoting the skin’s natural ability to exfoliate and regenerate new skin cells while supporting the collagen and elastin.
In Our 40s
Thinning skin leads to poor circulation causing redness and sensitivity. The skin starts to become more susceptible to photo aging leading to the appearance of age spots. The ELEGANCE line puts additional focus on regaining the skin’s elasticity, firmness and tone.
In Our 50s
Decrease in surface immunity impairs the skin’s ability to protect itself. The natural skin barrier degrades, leading to poor moisture retention and excessive dryness. The GRACE line puts additional focus on hydration, restoration of the skin’s surface immunity and the balancing effect of hormones.
All Stages of Beauty products are carefully formulated with the best ingredients for skin biological needs and are free from sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, phthalates, and GMOs. I have tried the toners myself. I would say they are very gentle on the skin and I have used them after washing my face with no dry/draggy feeling like an alcohol based astringent. As they claim, the toners are dermatologist-tested for safety, 100% fragrance-free, formulated for sensitive skin, and are not tested on animals.
So, even you have sensitive skin, you can use these toners. It’s a water based toner that leaves your skin feeling smooth. Having oily and acne prone skin I have lots of pores on my cheeks — and tried a lot of products to make them less visible. I must admit that my pore size appeared less visible in just a couple of days. It doesn’t give an immediate skin-brightening effect, but my skin definitely felt tightened and firm after use. For more information visit www.stagesofbeauty.com.
-Rinki Pramanik, biotechnologist & cosmetic researcher
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