When packing for a vacation, do you ever really take your beloved beauty products and squeeze them into three-ounce, empty containers? Nobody has time for that. You could just get the travel sizes. Or, you could jump on the solid skincare bandwagon and avoid the TSA headache altogether. Get introduced to the beauty trend, ahead.
For the early adopter: Milk Makeup Matcha Toner
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Earlier this month, Milk Makeup launched the Matcha Toner, what is being called the first solid toner on the market. Toners, typically used after cleansing to balance and prime the skin for the next steps of the skincare routine, are usually liquid and applied with a cotton ball or as a spray. This game changer is super lightweight and glides easily (almost like an oversized lip balm for your face), leaving a cooling, soothing, and hydrating effect on the skin. It absorbs quickly and contains ingredients like kombucha and witch hazel to purify pores, cactus elixir to calm skin, and Matcha green tea, which is a known detoxifier.
For the natural beauty buff: ILIA Cucumber Water Stick
Organic beauty brand Ilia also recently debuted its own take on the solid toner with the Cucumber Water Stick. Truthfully, it feels just like the Milk Matcha Toner–glides smoothly, leaves a cooling sensation–but what makes it different is its mix of ingredients. Cucumber pulp helps depuff, aloe extract hydrates, and chicory root is anti-inflammatory. It’s immediately relieving and will likely be your best friend when your skin is crying for moisture after a full day out under the summer sun.
For the K-Beauty devotee: Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Stick
Truth be told, aside from the above two products, there aren’t any other *official* solid toners out there. Confident that Korean Beauty brands have been ahead of the trend, however, I came across this offering from Banila Co. While technically an essence–one of the 10 steps of the Korean skincare routine–a closer look at the ingredients reveal similarities with the other solid toners: witch hazel, aloe vera extract, cucumber extract, and the addition of honey and coconut extract for moisturizing properties.
For the packaging lover: TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick
If the cooling, calming sensation of a toner is what you’re looking for, turn to this adorable-looking stick. It’s formulated to reduce puffiness, especially around the eyes, and is infused with seawater extract and bamboo to rescue your skin from dryness.
For the multitasker: Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer
If you’re one of those people who think multi-step skincare routines are a waste of time, you’ll appreciate that this primer stick not only preps the skin, but also sets a smooth canvas for makeup. Like the Ilia stick, it is lightweight, water-based, contains aloe leaf extract, and cools the skin upon contact. It also depuffs and cuts oil–a necessary attribute for any summer skincare product.
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