I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for coffee with the dynamic Maleka, founder of Merumaya Skincare. We were long overdue for a ‘meet and greet’ and I was keen to meet this skincare guru who’d created such a compelling and successful brand in a relatively short period of time. I’m already a fan of this brand, having  already reviewed the cleansing balm a few months ago. One of the products that  Maleka suggested I try is her ‘Gentle Exfoliating Toner’.

Okay let’s press pause: What’s the one skincare rule that we’ve all heard throughout our lives? It’s got to be Cleanse, Tone & moisturise! Am I right?

Now, here’s my confession- I only started using a toner last year! To be honest I was never big on toner and it turns out that I’m not alone…many women skip using toner and here’s why. Whenever I did try a toner, 9 times out of 10 it would either irritate  my skin at the very least or sting my skin at the very worst…so after several attempts over the years l just became one of the many ‘I don’t use toner’ people. Now of course with hindsight and a little knowledge I realise that in many cases it was the alcohol content of these products that was problematic. The one thing that I know for sure there is that there is no one size fits all when it comes to skincare, but there is a suitable toner for you depending on your skin type.

So we all know that toner for use after cleansing, but do you know why? Basically using the correct toner for your skins requirements helps to keep it in optimal condition by providing it with antioxidants , Hyaluronic acid and other skin boosting ingredients which help to balance the skins surface.

Okay, press play. So I’ve been using the Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating toner for 2 weeks now. It has 15% AHA’s and yet doesn’t irritate or sting. The AHA content is designed to remove dead skin cells that can lead to dull looking skin. Then there’s the generous amount of Hyaluronic Acid which leaves the skin soft, plumped and hydrated + this toner smells lovely as do all Merumaya products thanks to the signature fragrance.


The verdict? This toner leaves my skin smooth and healthy looking, with no tightness, just nicely moisturised and ready for serum or moisturiser. Now that I’ve been using it for a while, I’m convinced that it has improved the effectiveness of my serums and miosturiser. I can’t comment on whether its suitable for ‘all skin types’ as we all have different levels of sensitivity, but it works for me so I’m keeping it ♥

Available for £17.50 from https://www.merumaya.com/gentle-exfoliating-toner.html