Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner

Our Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by Marta on September 2, 2013


It’s a little eccentric of me, but I do get very excited when I see milk thistle extract and so I pounced on Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner ($38 in the shop) when I saw that it boasts this interesting antioxidant. Indeed, it set the tone for an impressive roster of ingredients that could be seen in a serum let alone something people use to swipe away makeup residue. 

Milk thistle extract shouldn’t have come as a surprise in a toner by Stemulation. It is one of their signature ingredients  and along with, of course, stem cells is found in Stemulation’s Facial Serum. The powerhouse of milk thistle extract is silymarin, an antioxidant that protects against cell damage, and its most active compound, silybin. Silymarin and silybin may protect the body from chemicals by blocking toxins from entering the cell or by moving toxins out of the cell before damage begins.

Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner is aptly named. The AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) are in the form of lactic acid and sodium lactate and they help to exfoliate and smooth out skin tone. Personally, I really like witch hazel, a useful antioxidant that always makes my skin feel refreshed as does cucumber and billberry. Antioxidant boosters include maritime pine, green tea and grape seed extracts.

Stemulation’s toner feels luxurious as well as refreshing. It does not make the skin feel dry or stripped down. In fact, I leave it on for a few minutes to get the benefit of the ingredients and enjoy the dewy results. The scent is lightly and pleasantly fruity. The pump bottle is easy to use and the generous 4oz bottle will last months as well. Although there’s the usual preservatives, sodium benzoate and phenoxyethanol, there is nothing else to dislike and much to recommend.