Your first look: Charlotte Tilbury’s new Glow Toner
Inspired by the brightening, pore-refining effects of an acid-based toner — expertly formulated in a gentle acid-free blend — and the skin-cushioning hydration of an essence, Charlotte Tilbury’s new Glow Toner is your daily solution to radiant skin. Cosmetic chemist and FARFETCH Beauty Collective member Michelle Wong decodes its rejuvenating ingredients as we share how to combine it with the brand’s other innovative skincare essentials.
A pioneering new formula
A resurfacing formulation like no other, Glow Toner features a proprietary ingredient complex called Exfolactive, which contains prickly pear cactus flower extract — a plant-derived ingredient that helps boost the skin’s natural exfoliation process. Unlike most resurfacing products which contain some form of acid, this formulation is acid-free, and smooths skin and evens tone with RoyalEpigen P5. ‘This is a pentapeptide based on the active part of a protein in royal jelly that makes honey bees into queens,’ explains Michelle Wong. ‘In skincare, it's been found to boost skin cell renewal.’
Hydrating sodium hyaluronate is key to Glow Toner. ‘Sodium hyaluronate is essentially smaller fragments of hyaluronic acid,’ says Wong. ‘It acts as a humectant moisturizer, helping the skin hold onto water to stay hydrated for longer.’ This elixir also heroes niacinamide, a dermatologist-approved favorite loved for its ability to help reduce the appearance of pores. ‘A form of vitamin B3 that's a multi-functional active in skincare, niacinamide brightens skin tone, increases hydration and can help strengthen the skin barrier, making it great for sensitive skin,’ Wong adds.
The 2-in-1 acid exfoliator
If you’re in search of a more powerful resurfacing treatment to work into your weekly routine, the brand's Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial is a must-try. An alternative to the Glow Toner’s acid-free formulation, this two-in-one treatment combines an expertly calibrated acid exfoliation blend with a hydrating mix of radiance-enhancing ingredients to help refine the appearance of pores and exfoliate the skin. Founder Charlotte Tilbury recommends using it once a week for up to 20 minutes to achieve a smoother, more radiant complexion.
Protect your glow
Charlotte Tilbury’s expertise lies in its ability to develop products that serve a multitude of daily needs. The UV Flawless Poreless Primer contains high-protection SPF 50 and is the perfect product to pair with Glow Toner to protect skin from sun damage. It’s expertly formulated so no chalky residue is left on the skin, no matter your tone. It's important to use an SPF all year round but especially during the summer, and this product offers protection while keeping skin looking radiant and glowing.