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We all have a lot of acid toners, but after a great experience with their Vitamin C, I decided the Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution | £49 | was worth a look, so today I have a review for you of it, to see if it's worth splashing out on.
This product comes in a glass bottle, which I prefer, because it feels more premium and it can be recycled. Summer Fridays is a brand I originally thought of as just a cute Insta-brand, however I was incredibly impressed with their Vitamin C serum and this has been another winner; so there's definitely more to them than that! My main drawback about this product is the price; I feel it's veeeery steep for a chemical toner, though they're trying to bill it as a toner and serum, it's a toner to me! Yes, it's a little thicker in texture than your average toner, but I don't see it as a 2-in-1 and apply it after cleansing but before a moisturising or hydrating serum (I generally don't mix separate active ingredients).
Let's get into the formulation. It doesn't contain fragrance per se, but it does contain orange and lemon extracts, which can be irritating to some. This is the rare acid toner that doesn't contain any alcohol; instead there's hyaluronic acid (to pull water into the skin) and soothing aloe. In terms of the acids, we have lactic acid, a slightly more gentle AHA that's great for dry and mature skin, alongside glycolic which is the gold standard AHA for boosting glow and getting through those dead skin cells. They're both also great for evening out the skin's tone and overall texture and appearance. What I really like about this product is that it's a great all-rounder; it also contains niacinamide, to help with oil regulation and calm any irritation or inflammation you might be experiencing. It can also strengthen the skin barrier and even improve the look of pores and fine lines. Turmeric is in there to act as a skin-protecting antioxidant and there's also a touch of ascorbyl glucoside (a form of Vitamin C). I don't expect to see intense Vitamin C results with this formulation in this concentration, however in my view it supports the work of the other ingredients in reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and making the skin glow. Overall, I think this is a great all-rounder that covers off a number of bases in a single formula, so there's really no need to layer up a bunch of different actives.
In terms of what this product has done for my skin; immediately after use it feels incredibly soft and smooth. I was really impressed with just how smooth my skin was, because I usually only get the effect to this extent when I use quite strong treatments that can leave my skin a little tingle-y afterwards. I can comfortably use this more or less daily (don't forget the sunscreen, though!) without feeling any sensation, but I'm pretty used to acids in my regular skincare routine, so others might not have the same experience. I'm also so happy with how clear, smooth and even my skin has been since I started using this.
It's definitely not the cheapest product on the market, and there are more affordable options out there, but I do find this to be a super-charged formula. If you're already an acid-user and you're finding your current formula just isn't doing it for you anymore, so you want to step it up a gear; this is well worth checking out. I'm just not sure it's going to be right for sensitive skin.
Have you tried this one or anything else from Summer Fridays?