You don’t have to be a genius to master great skin care, and some of the best tricks turn out to be the most simple. One of the tips I've learned was spending the extra few minutes on my skin before bed, which would in turn save me precious time in the morning. Putting a product to work while you sleep helps you wake up to smoother, more even-toned skin — especially when that product is Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Acid Toner.
After washing, I soak a cotton pad with the toner, then sweep it all over my face and jawline. It’s the last thing that I put on before bed, because it removes any lagging traces of makeup and exfoliates my congested skin. (An especially important step in the warmer summer months.) While I hate the way that most toners dry out my skin, this one has aloe instead of alcohol, which means that it's soothing and refreshing for your skin.
Since I’ve been using it, I haven’t needed a night cream and I notice that my face is much clearer in the mornings. Old acne scars have started to fade, and my face is much more calm and balanced. All in all, I’m starting to wonder how I lived without it, and you can bet that this green bottle is not one that I’ll be letting go of anytime soon.
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Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, $18, available at Nordstrom.