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Why I’m Obsessed with the Bolden Brightening Glycolic Acid Toner: Product Review

If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Bolden skincare brand. I randomly discovered their brightening glycolic acid toner) in  late 2016/ early 2017 (can’t remember exactly), but I’ve never looked back since then. For this product review, I’m sharing why this toner is part of my daily beauty Rx and some beauty science to keep you skin savvy.

Let me start by saying #naijanodeycarry last. If you’re not Nigerian, ask one of your Nigerian friends to translate (lol). If you don’t have Nigerian friends, then I’m judging you a little bit (totally joking). Founded by two Nigerian sister (well sisters-in-law), Bolden is a black-owned, indie skincare brand that:

aims to EMBOLDEN women to confidently embrace their natural beauty and help shape the global conversation about inclusive standards of beauty.
Sooo, Ok these are not my words, but I love it and I’m here for all it!!

If I could bathe in this toner daily,  I probably would– that’s how much I love this toner. Of course there are other great toners out there (in fact, I’ve shared some with you on my “To Tone or Not to Tone” post, but the Bolden glycolic acid toner is a personal favorite and staple in my daily skincare routine. After seeing such great results with this toner, I decided to try Bolden products and I only have great things to say.

Contrary to the misperception about toners,  this toner is actually very hydrating and I love how it sets my skin up for the rest of my routine. And I can always guarantee that my skin will feel refreshed every single time. I will say, I have one small confession— I have a habit of washing my face, toning, and then waiting a bit long to apply the rest of my routine. Whenever I find myself doing this, I just re-apply the toner.. and without a doubt my skin flourishes like… VIOLA! 

WHYYY HELLOO GORGEOUS GLOW!!

The key ingredients that made this product stand out for me were: niacinamide, glycolic acid, licorice root extract and panthenol. When it comes to skincare, my advice will forever be to skip the product claims and go to straight to the ingredient label

Here’s a quick dose of beauty science on these ingredients:
Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is truly skincare's jack of all trades.  
Niacinamide helps to improves the skin's barrier function by increasing ceramide production and preventing water loss from the skin.  
It also helps improve skin texture and smoothness, reduces the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide also helps reduce and control excess oil production.
Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is truly skincare’s jack of all trades. 
Niacinamide helps to improves the skin’s barrier function by increasing ceramide production and preventing water loss from the skin. 
It also helps improve skin texture and smoothness, reduces the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide also helps reduce and control excess oil production.
Glycolic acid, which is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), exfoliates dead skin cells, promoting cellular turnover and improving the look of fine lines, skin texture and tone. Glycolic acid also helps to control excess oil production--so for those with oily skin,  a toner with glycolic acid or other AHAs can definitely to help with controlling the unwanted shine.
Glycolic acid, which is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), exfoliates dead skin cells, promoting cellular turnover and improving the look of fine lines, skin texture and tone. Glycolic acid also helps to control excess oil production–so for those with oily skin, a toner with glycolic acid or other AHAs can definitely to help with controlling the unwanted shine.
Licorice root extract is one of many plant extracts in this toner. Licorice root has both anti-inflammatory and skin-brightening properties, which is a major plus for hyperpigmentation concerns. The active conponent of this extract, glabridin, inhibits an important enzyme responsible for pigmentation, which makes this ingredient great for improving uneven skin tone.
Licorice root extract is one of many plant extracts in this toner. Licorice root has both anti-inflammatory and skin-brightening properties, which is a major plus for hyperpigmentation concerns. The active conponent of this extract, glabridin, inhibits an important enzyme responsible for pigmentation, which makes this ingredient great for improving uneven skin tone.
Also known as vitamin B5, panthenol is another great skincare ingredient that helps with moisture and hydration.  As a humectant that penetrates into lower skin layers, it adds essential moisture to the skin. With regular use over a longer period of time, panthenol reduces inflammation and soothes irritated, dry skin.
Also known as vitamin B5, panthenol is another great skincare ingredient that helps with moisture and hydration. As a humectant that penetrates into lower skin layers, it adds essential moisture to the skin. With regular use over a longer period of time, panthenol reduces inflammation and soothes irritated, dry skin.

 As I shared on my previous post on toners, the right toner is prep for your skin. With skin-boosting and hydrating active ingredients, this toner DEFINITELY will help you reap the benefits of the rest of your skincare routine. I always have an unopened bottle on my skincare shelve at all times. So, if you’re trying to win and take your skin to the next level (not just for the spring time glow but all year round), I highly recommend this Bolden brightening glycolic acid toner as part of your daily skincare lineup.

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3 Comments

  1. I first heard about Bolden products from DimmaUmeh and I’ve been looking forward to using their products. I’m even more eager to use their toner as glycolic acid is my holy Grail. Can’t wait to cop them in your giveaway ❤️❤️

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