Instytutum Resurfacing Glow Toner:

Hi, beautiful people. Today I will be reviewing a Swiss brand called Instytutum whose products are a combination of cosmeceutical ingredients, patented stem cells, and biomimetic textures, which have been clinically tested to ensure scientifically-proven efficacy. Each formula contains efficacious levels of the most important ingredients your skin needs for impressive results.

I received three of its products two months back and I have been using these products on and off ever since. Thankfully, none of the three products caused me any breakouts.


Their ultimate goal is flawless skin – skin without any kind of imperfections. Their Swiss laboratory comprising of scientists with 30 years of experience in the skincare industry is known for outstanding quality, anti-aging breakthroughs, and high performance-driven actives.

About Instytutum

INSTYTUTUM High-Performance Skincare was inspired by Natalia Derkach, M.D., a truly visionary woman. A top-level executive of a successful pharmaceutical corporation renowned for manufacturing innovative medical solutions. Her dream was to create her own skincare brand with truly effective, innovative, clinically-tested products.

To pursue her passion for beauty, she teamed up with the most prestigious Swiss laboratory. Its scientists have over 30 years of experience in the skincare industry and a reputation for outstanding quality, anti-aging breakthroughs and performance-driven actives. Together they created INSTYTUTUM skincare and brought her vision to life. INSTYTUTUM skincare is a perfect union of the latest science, technology and high-performance actives. Providing highly-effective and innovative skincare products is our #1 priority in order to create FLAWLESS SKIN.

Instytutum Resurfacing Glow Toner:

I’m back with another AHA product and this time around it’s a toner. I absolutely love any product that contains glycolic acid! In fact, I would even go as far as to say glycolic acid has changed my life. It’s kept breakouts to practically zero, and it has helped me get rid of milia. The brands that I have been using are Nip + Fab glycolic fix night pads and Dr. Levy 3Deep Cell-Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser. So when I was approached by Instytutum, a Swiss skincare brand to try out their resurfacing toner I thought yes please since I have become obsessed with AHAs!



It’s a little different to the ones I had been using because of the other added ingredients. These include –

  • Glycolic acid (as I just mentioned)
  • Chamomile extract (to soothe and moisturize)
  • Saccharide isomerate (retains moisture, reduces dryness)
  • Provitamin B5 (protects, restores, soothes)
  • Allantoin (an anti-irritant, improves healing)
  • Botanical soothing protector (a synergic combination of 3 plants used in traditional Chinese medicine to help the skin’s defense system, protects against stress and prevents premature skin aging)
  • Vitamin B3 (improves hydration, helps skin appear more even toned and rejuvenated)
  • Vitamin E (prevents premature aging, enhances firmness and overall glow)
  • Vitamin A (improves firmness, smoothness, aids in moisture protection and anti-aging)

Brand Claims

The brand claims that this is an effective, gentle toner that removes dead skin cells to reveal a visibly younger complexion. Refines, soothes and moisturizes. Reduces pores and spots.


I really like the packaging. It’s very clean and fresh looking as you can see. The bottle is quite chunky and luxe.

My thoughts

After the first use it felt a lot gentler than the Alpha-H so knew already that it was a totally different product. There was no tingling and the smell is a lot more subtle. I used it at night just as I have done since, and woke up with soft, calm skin.


Use after cleansing and before the serum. Using a cotton pad, sweep over entire face, neck, and décolletage. I use acid toners at night, if you use them in the day you must wear a high SPF. For me, I just like to let them get to work while I sleep and wake up with fresh new skin. Now I love my Nip + Fab Glycolic Pads which I use every second night, but because of the gentle nature of this product I’ve incorporated it into the nights, I don’t use my glycolic pads. I use it underneath my Elemis serum and night cream.

My Verdict

I have been using this for around 3 weeks now. I’ve loved incorporating this into my nightly skincare routine as I found I was waking up on the mornings I hadn’t used an acid toner not feeling as bright and glowy. It’s kept the glow every single day and with all the other wonderful ingredients it feels like I’m getting so much out of it. My skin feels in perfect balance right now and it’s very much thanks to this along with my other favorite products in my current routine.

It’s currently available online on the Instytutum website for $59 but a little birdie told me that it will soon be available in the Middle East.



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