January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic: Review

January Labs is a small natural skincare brand that I’ve been trying. The Daily Brightening Tonic is a new product for the line. This all-in-one toning treatment exfoliates and hydrates your skin while stimulating collagen production. It is specially formulated to strengthen the skin and regulate proper pH balance to reveal a smooth, healthy glow.

Our newest tonic helps to build and protect your Essential Stratum BarrierSM and enables your skin to be at its best by ensuring cell turnover and rejuvenation.


Use either in the AM and PM (or both) after cleansing and before moisturizing. On cleansed skin, saturate a cotton pad with tonic and sweep across face, neck and d├ęcolletage (avoiding eye area) then follow with Day or Night moisturizer.

Active Ingredients

  • Aloe: Moisturizes and heals irritated and stressed skin.
  • Lactic Acid: Medicinally improves skin texture and hydration level.
  • Witch Hazel: Aggressively fights acne-causing bacteria.
  • Sodium PCA: A natural humectant responsible for binding moisture to the skin cells.
  • Glycerin: Attracts water and seals in moisture.
  • Organic sugar: A gentle exfoliator that helps skin shed dead skin cells.
  • Fruit and tea extracts: Helps fight free radical damage.

This product is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid toner or acid toner. What I love about this toner is that it uses lactic acid, not glycolic acid. Most acid toners use glycolic only or a combination of glycolic, lactic and other acids like maybe salicylic. Lactic acid is gentler than glycolic so sometimes it’s nice to use just lactic acid. This toner smells like lemons and has a pale yellow color.

The ingredient list is short and sweet. Nothing bad at all in this toner if you’re into green or natural products. This is designed to give a gentle exfoliation which is what it does. This was never drying nor irritating to my skin. It takes a little while after using it to really start getting the full effects because it is a gentle product.

The product is packaged in a plastic bottle with a flip top. Nothing fancy, but January Labs believes in less is more and their products reflect that in multiple ways. Not only are the ingredient lists short and simple, the packaging is as well. The pricing is very nice as well. None of her products are unreasonably priced. I’ll take a plastic bottle versus glass for the cheaper price. After all, the product inside is the same.

Expect to see more from January Labs on the blog over the coming months. I have more items to go through. If you like affordable, natural products with simple ingredient lists then you should be checking January Labs out.


Water, Aloe, Lactic Acid, Lemon Peel Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Witch Hazel, Organic sugar, Black Tea Leaf Extract, Oat Kernel Extract, Sodium PCA, Organic Chamomile Extract, Glycerin, Clary Extract

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