Dr Celine Leong’s Expert Review On These Brightening Toners

Dr Celine Leong’s Expert Review On These Brightening Toners
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Looking for a new toner? Find out which brightening toner, Dr Celine Leong recommends!

FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Pads

A daily treatment pad that contains just the right amount of Lactic and Glycolic acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten all skin types, including sensitive.

I believe that regular gentle exfoliation is important in keeping the skin healthy so as to minimise dead skin build up which can dull and clog up the complexion. This product contains two AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) which are chemical exfoliators – lactic acid and glycolic acid. As I have slightly sensitive skin which tingled with usage of this product, I used it twice a week instead of daily.

Their clinical trial results stated that 90.7% of participants saw results after 4 weeks of use. However, I saw an immediate whitening of my skin after using it! I went on to use it on my hands, neck and décolletage as AHAs are also proven to be good for anti-ageing and our age does show up on those areas.

The facial pads also have other ingredients such as lemon peel, indian gooseberry, cucumber, licorice root which aid in brightening. I noted the presence of Aloe Bardensis Leaf Juice as the second highest ingredient on the list (after water), which I suppose is to help make the product more suitable for gentle daily use as Aloe has good soothing properties.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $51 (60 pads)

ORIGINS GinZing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist

An oil-free mist that infuses tired, dull skin with refreshing hydration and energy.

This product comes in a spray mist form and hence is perfect for a mid-day hydrating boost especially after spending a few hours in my air-conditioned clinic and it doesn’t disrupt my make-up. Interestingly, it contains coffee beans (caffeine), panax ginseng and pomegranate. Coffee for the skin indeed. I found it energising largely from the pomegranate scent which isn’t overpowering. There was no visible effect on the skin but looking at the ingredient list, there are some brightening agents such as lemon peel and grapefruit peel.

To use, you are supposed to hold the bottle 10 to 12 inches from your face and spray evenly. Close eyes before spraying and avoid getting in eyes. The product didn’t sting my eyes, however, even though I kept my mouth closed, I couldn’t avoid getting the product onto my lips. There was a bitter taste to it! I have used other mists before which did not have any taste.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $42 (150ml)


An essence-rich brightening softener that gently and deeply infuses the skin’s surface with intensive brightening ingredients, helping to visibly reduce signs of dark spots.

This is my favourite and the closest to being a toner. It is very liquid and one pump of it is enough to cover my face and neck. I liked that it absorbed really very fast into my skin and left it soft and supple for the subsequent skincare products that followed.

Apply morning and evening after cleansing, either onto a cotton pad or palm of your hand depending on your preference. On the days that I use heavier makeup, I would use it with a cotton pad to ensure that all traces of makeup is gone.

The product information specified that it has been dermatologist tested and can be used after brightening cosmetic procedures such as laser spot removal. Yay, I can recommend this to all my laser patients who are usually concerned with what products can be safely used after their laser procedures.

The main active ingredient for brightening in this product is Tranexamic acid, which has been proven to brighten skin and lighten spots. There wasn’t any visible result on my skin but I suppose the ingredient strength in a toner is not as potent as compared to an actual treatment product. Continued usage of this product probably will help in prevention of new spots.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars | Retailing at $85 (150ml)