Disclosure: This product was sent to me by BBCosmetic for review. All opinions are my own.
Benton is one of those no-frills skincare companies whose products don’t offer much in the way of entertainment or excitement, but often actually work, which is much rarer in the world of cosmetics (a backhanded compliment, perhaps, but still a compliment). I probably wouldn’t have ever noticed or picked up the Benton Aloe BHA Toner, except that I tried a deluxe sample a few months ago and was wowed by the effects. So when Elle from BBCosmetic asked me if I’d like a product to review, I requested this, hoping that it would be as effective as the sample seemed to be.
A few months back I received a deluxe sample of the Benton Aloe BHA Toner in a subscription box. While it was only enough for 3 days, my skin looked so glowing and healthy during that short time that I’ve had the BHA toner on my radar ever since. I hesitated to purchase it (even though it’s very affordable) because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to replicate my sample results and I’d be disappointed. You ever have that happen to you? You somehow have a good skin day or two and attribute it to a sample you tried, but when you purchase the full-size, you realize it wasn’t the sample, but just a random good skin day? Or a combination of unknown factors?
Well, I’m happy to set your mind at ease by reporting that that was not the case for the Benton Aloe BHA Toner. It wasn’t just a fluke. It really did make my skin look much more glowy and healthy. But first…
Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner Ingredients (via label)
Aloe barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Pipertum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Arginine, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Polyglutamic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
It looks like a very clean ingredient list with the advertised extracts and actives right at the top instead of a bunch of fillers. You’ll notice that in addition to Aloe extract and salicylic acid (BHA), it also contains sodium hyaluronate (a proven moisture-binding substance), snail secretion filtrate and a variety of skin conditioners. You’ll also notice an absence of parabens or other synthetic preservatives. While this is one of Benton products’ selling points, it also means that to be safe, I’m planning to use this bottle up within a few months. It goes without saying that if you ever see spots or abnormal color/cloudiness in your product, don’t use it.
There was an issue a couple years ago where a batch of Benton essence somehow got manufactured without having the (natural) preservatives added. The resulting products caused a bunch of skin problems. I can’t with good conscience neglect to mention that, but since that incident, there haven’t seemed to be any problems.
The bottle that BB Cosmetic sent me was manufactured less than 2 months ago. It’s good to know their stock is fresh =).
The Benton Aloe BHA Toner is a clear liquid that is slightly thicker than water. Once patted in over my face, my skin feels softer, but you definitely need an extra dose of hydration in addition to this, so layer it under a serum and/or a good cream.
The version I got is in a pump bottle, which makes it easy to dispense and quite hygienic.
I love that there is no added fragrance. If I sniff deeply, I can detect a very slight burnt-rubber smell, but it’s nowhere near as bothersome as in the Benton Snail Bee Essence, which has the same odor, but slightly stronger. Most people probably wouldn’t smell anything.
Despite there being salicylic acid in this toner, it does not sting and I’ve had no irritation from using it twice a day.
After just a few days of using the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, I noticed that my skin had that glow again! It’s hard to describe because it’s a subtle difference, but my skin had greater translucency and radiance and looked fresher and less dull. It didn’t do anything dramatic like fade my stubborn sun spots or zap a pimple in its tracks, but my skin just felt overall healthier. After 2 weeks of using the toner, the results seem to have plateau-ed, but I still feel that my skin is calmer and more radiant than before I started using this product.
Although the pH level of this product isn’t low enough to exfoliate, the BHA (and other supporting ingredients) seem to play a role in keeping my skin non-reactive and calm. I only usually get a pimple or two every month due to hormones, which nothing seems to prevent, but the Benton toner seems to help them heal with less inflammation.
I’m quite pleased with the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. This is a great supporting player in my routine that seems to boost my skin’s health and radiance. I’ll be repurchasing this, unless I can find another toner that can match it in the glow department.
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