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How do I Choose the Best Toning Cream?

By Felicia Dye
Updated May 21, 2024
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Toning cream is a skin care product that is supposed to increase the skin’s elasticity, smooth the skin, and help define the body’s shape. Some of these creams can be costly and it is worth your while to read product reviews before you make a purchase. Other things you should consider are consolidating products and staying within a brand.

Before you buy a toning cream, see what other users have to say about it. There are so many health and beauty products on the market that claim to have an easy solution. It is usually very easy to find out what other consumers’ opinions are if you check on the Internet. When you evaluate people’s comments, make sure not to limit your research to the company’s website.

Be weary of products that make extraordinary claims. If a toning cream’s label claims that you will get six-pack abs simply by applying it every day, a red flag should go up. Outlandish claims are often evidence of a lack of professionalism. They commonly reveal that a company has spent more money on creative marketing than it has on developing its products.

One thing you should always remember when choosing skin care products is that it is generally better to use a single brand. If you are using CAC body wash and CAC fading cream, you should use CAC toning cream. Products within a brand are often designed to work together and using them together will usually produce the best results. It may even prevent an allergic reaction, because in some instances, the ingredients in one brand may cause irritation when mixed with the ingredients in another brand.

Remember that you are trying to take care of your skin. Your goal is not to make cosmetic companies richer. Choose products that are good for more than one purpose. If you have the option to buy a moisturizing toning cream or a moisturizer and toning cream separately, buy the single product. When you do this, however, make sure you choose a brand with sun protection.

Also, you should make choices that address any special needs you may have. If you have dry skin and one of your options is a dry skin formula, choose that one. When you do not have such options, you should be aware of the ingredients. There may not be a “sensitive skin” stamp on the label, but a glance at the contents may be able to reveal whether or not the product is too harsh.

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Discussion Comments
By kylee07drg — On May 23, 2012

I use a gentle toning cream that evens out my complexion. It contains hydroquinone, which is used to lighten age spots over time. It also contains vitamin E, which is supposed to smooth out wrinkles.

I use it on my arms, neck, and face. I notice a slight difference right away, and after using it for about six months, I look healthier and younger.

It does take awhile to reach its full potential, though. There is no miracle overnight cream, so if you want results, you have to be willing to stick with it. The improvements it makes are worth the wait.

By Perdido — On May 22, 2012

@shell4life – Those anti-cellulite body toning creams contain caffeine to give your skin a quick boost. Just like when you consume a caffeinated drink, this effect wears off after a little while, and you need more to get the effect again.

I am wary of any body toning cream that claims to dramatically reshape my body. My sister spent over $100 on a cream that was supposed to tighten up her flab, and they had ridiculously fake before and after pictures on their website. I can't believe she fell for it.

Of course, she was sorely disappointed. When she tried to get a refund, the company basically ignored her request.

By cloudel — On May 21, 2012

I like to use toning cream on my face. This is where I am most concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, and the cream helps tighten my skin, stretching it out and lessening the appearance of wrinkles.

I can feel a difference after applying it. I like using it in the morning before I apply makeup. I think that it makes my foundation go on more smoothly, and I look a little bit younger because of this.

If you've never use a toning cream, it does feel a bit strange at first. I felt a tightening sensation the first time that I used it, and this scared me a little. Now, I welcome it, because I know it is firming up my face.

By shell4life — On May 21, 2012

Skin toning cream can make your skin appear a little bit tighter temporarily, but I don't think that it can cause a major change. If you stop using the product, then your skin will look lumpy again, so you become dependent upon it. This is what the companies selling the product are relying on, and I don't want to give them this satisfaction.

I have never bought a toning cream that claims to do away with cellulite, though there are plenty of them out there. While a cream may temporarily reduce the appearance of dimples on your thighs, it won't work forever. You will still have the cellulite, even if it is masked for a few hours.

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