I used to back off from trying new brands and stick to the plain and boring out of fear of my skin flaring up, which I won't lie, sometimes does happen, but the plain and boring really wasn't cutting it for me, and my love of beauty products and skincare has lead me to being a little braver and testing out new brands and products.
The latest brand to enter my beauty cabinet is Merumaya, a brand based in the UK, created by industry expert Maleka Dattu. Merumaya stands for six principles; Prevent & Perfect, Performance, Pleasure, Practicality, Price and Patriotism... sounds perfect doesn't it?!
The Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner claims to banish dead skin cells, cleanse, refine pores and detoxify the skins surface, while still being hydrating and smoothing the skin at the same time.
It contains 15% natural Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) which can be beneficial to all skin types... they work to exfoliate the skin, leaving a brighter and clearer complexion.
For dry skin this helps with removing the dry, flaky skin and clearing the way for moisturisers and other products to be absorbed into the skin easier.
For oily skin pores will be cleansed and unblocked meaning fewer blemishes and the skin will appear less sallow.
For those with combination skin, it's a win/win situation.
Another much hyped ingredient in the toner is Hyaluronic Acid, which plumps up and softens the skin, therefore making the skin appear healthier and younger.
For my skin which is dry/sensitive, I've really enjoyed using this toner, it seems to benefit me in most ways... every trace of makeup and dirt is removed from my skin after cleansing simply by sweeping a few drops of this on a cotton pad across my skin surface. It's really gentle on the skin, there's no tightening or tingling and after using for the past month, my skin texture is smoother and breakouts are seeming to be less frequent.
If you would like to add this into your skincare routine, you can pick up a 128ml bottle direct from the Merumaya website for £17.50