Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner: ($15.95 for 6 oz)
Positives: This contains efficacious amounts of water-binding agents and fatty acids like glycerin, sodium PCA, phospholipids, lecithin, and linoleic acid. It also has potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories including high amounts of green tea, willow herb, and grape seed extract, and moderate amounts of vitamins C and E.
Neutrals: Although this contains superoxide dismutase, an essential ROS-scavenging enzyme present throughout the body, its presence here is mostly negligent since it is a massive molecule that will not penetrate the stratum corneum. Furthermore, this does not have any special delivery system. It may act as a water-binding agent, but that is unknown.
Negatives: None, as always with Paula’s Choice products.
Packaging: It would be unreasonable to think that a toner would be packaged in a tube or airless pump bottle. This is packaged in a semi-opaque bottle that has a very small opening (maybe 3 mm in diameter). This will largely reduce the amount of air exposure. However, over time air will still accumulate inside the bottle and break down the antioxidants. However, like I said before, there isn’t much anyone can do about that. Therefore, the packaging score will not be affected.
Overall: This particular toner stings my face for some reason, and I can’t really pinpoint which ingredient does that. If anyone can tell me, that would be greatly appreciated.
I’d recommend this to anyone, as long as it doesn’t sting. Even without the presence of the superoxide dismutase, this is an excellent product.
PS = [[[PIS – 0] x WIC] + [TPS x WPC]] x 100%
PS = [[8.5/10 x 2/3] + [3/3 x 1/3]] x 100%
PS = [17/30 + 3/9] x 100%
PS = [51/90 + 30/90] x 100%
PS = 81/90 x 100%
PS = .900 x 100%
PS = 90.0%
AS = A-
Check the Product Review Rubric for a full explanation on how I rate products.
Water, Glycerin (water-binding agent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (humectant), Superoxide Dismutase, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sodium PCA (water-binding agent), Creatine, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Linoleic Acid (cell-communicating ingredients), Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate (surfactant/emulsifier), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Panthenol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), PEG-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickeners), Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives)