Skincare DON’T: Seabreeze Astringent

I honestly cannot even begin to fathom how this product is still on the market. It’s such an old fashioned, outdated product it’s like a time warp right there on the drugstore shelves. But let me back up a bit and fill you in on astringents. The very definition of astringent is constrictive, styptic, harshly biting and caustic. Thank you dictionary.com, you described this atrocity of a product oh so well for me. Again another product that makes people feel like it is “working” thanks to its impressive {note sarcasm} and brief ingredient list: Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Glycerin, Benzoic Acid, Camphor, Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Fragrance, Blue 1. The camphor is what gives this astringent its tingle factor.  Fun fact: camphor is also an ingredient in Vick’s VapoRub. Clove oil is also a very stimulating substance; it increases circulation which is why the user of this astringent is left with a red face. That and the straight up alcohol it contains all in the name of achieving clear skin. I’m guessing the Blue 1 is what gives the product its ocean inspired blue hue? There is nothing refreshing about this snake oil ladies. Dermatologists and beauty editors have done a pretty good job informing the public that alcohol based toners are not the way to go. Take notice of products being labeled as alcohol-free? If anything alcohol is extremely aggravating to the skin and dries the tissue out so badly, that it causes the sebaceous (oil) glands to jump into overdrive, pumping out more oil to rectify the damage and you’re back to where you started. If you suffer from oily or breakout prone skin, and like the extra cleansing step and the feel of an astringent, my professional recommendations are Skin Tx Astringent, OBAGI Nu-Derm Toner, and Skin Ceuticals Equalizing Toner. Let’s give Sea Breeze the old heave ho, shall we?

Skincare DON'T: avoid this product at ALL costs

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One Response to Skincare DON’T: Seabreeze Astringent

  1. [...] Avoid harsh, drying products. The same rule applies here, if you deprive your skin of moisture it will work to correct the problem to keep skin moist and lubricated i.e. produce more oil. Use soothing, and clarifying products to help regulate oil production. And kittens, whatever you do, do NOT use this. [...]

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