Lacura is Aldi’s cosmetics brand, that is known for creating dupes of famous (and sometimes costly products). In the case of the Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner, they have launched a toner that looks remarkably similar to Pixi Glow Tonic (which to be honest, I have not tried as of yet). I thought I would give it a go just to see how this would fair to more expensive products. For me it’s not about the price, it’s a look into the quality and formulation. I’m not saying that the budget-friendly price swayed me at all, ok that’s a lie!
The healthy glow glycolic toner is not the type of toner that is ladened with drying astringency; as such does not leave your skin feeling dry or tight after use. This Lacura product is a new generation of toner that delivers active ingredients and is gentle. The toner is a significant departure to the toners in my youth, which evaporated any moisture on your skin!
There is a scent to the product, which is slightly floral but entirely artificial, it’s not terrible but does feel unnecessary. Luckily the smell disappears after a short while after application. I am not a fan of added fragrance perse, and I think it is not needed and could potentially be an irritant for some.
Lacura Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner product claims
- Exfoliating – this contains 5% glycolic acid, I’m used to using to AHA/BHA at a stronger concentration. So I did not feel the (now satisfying) temporary sting on application. I have some congestion on my forehead (milia) which I think this toner may have helped to improve. Over time the slight sensation when applying this product because less obvious.
- Retexturising – This helped with the congestion on my forehead to some degree, but I did not experience a massive improvement as I have with other such toners.
- Refine pores – I honestly did not notice the appearance of my pores improved with this product. Let’s be serious, pores don’t necessarily shrink in size, but they can in reduce in appearance.
Key ingredients include:
- Glycolic acid (5%) – probably one of the better-known alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic works by breaking the bonds of the dead skin to the healthy skin chemically.
- Aloe vera – has antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory and is very soothing and cooling.
- Ginseng – has antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory and can help with oil production.
NB, it is not possible to say if there are enough of these star ingredients as the percentages are not listed.
My final thoughts
I think that the Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner is an ideal ‘starter’ product if you want to begin using AHA or you are used to low concentrations of glycolic. For those seasoned to higher concentrations, this might be a bit disappointing. I prefer The Ordinary Glycolic (7%) toner. The Ordinary toner feels like it is doing something, and I think the results are more visible and sustainable over a longer time.
After using the Lacura Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner, you have a glow. Instead of it looking like you are glowing from within; it seems like it is due to the residue left sitting on your skin. It felt like a slightly claggy texture to my skin after using this product – not a fan of this!
This product retails for £3.99 and is available from Aldi online and in-store – however, this is only stocked at certain times so availability can be a bit hit and miss. I would be interested in comparing this to the Pixi equivalent. Given the cult status and popularity of the Pixi toner, I am guessing the overall execution of this product probably is a bit short.
I don’t think I would purchase the Lacura Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner again, but for someone new to acids or wants to use AHA regularly this might work for you.
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