I get asked a lot about a toner on my Instagram—whether it’s on how to use it, the skincare benefits and most commonly asked, what is a toner?
Toners are products that have a water-like consistency. Since its inception, toners have been meant to remove the leftover makeup, dirt, grime, oil after cleansing. However, due to its previously high levels of alcohol concentration, toners became pegged as being very harsh and drying (And I’d definitely agree with that statement). These days, toners are way more gentle, effective and their formulas now contain active ingredients that soothe, brighten and have anti-ageing benefits.
Toners are a beneficial agent when it comes to cleansing and treating the skin. They can both ensure that the texture and complexion of your skin is clean while also giving it an extra dose of active ingredients. Because of its ingredients and formulations, toners help to close up any spaces and gaps within the skin cells… Which in the long run reduces the risk of dirt and other impurities making their way into the tiniest of pores.
Speaking of pores, some toners also help reduce the pore size (not completely shrink or close them) but they definitely do help in exfoliating and balance the pH level of the skin which in turn helps your other skincare products (serums, moisturisers etc) penetrate deeper into the skin.
Well, each to his own. But what I will tell you is that if you notice your skin lacking in nourishment and a certain “inner glow”, a toner may what you need for healthy-looking skin.
Okay, now here’s the important part… Since there are so many different skin types with each skin needing a particular toner, we’ll narrow it down to 3 basic ones:
That being said, today you get a variety formulations with your toner… You have water-based toners, milk-based toners, clarifying toners, brightening toner, roll-on toners and lots more!
Once you’ve figured out your skin type and texture you want to achieve, you need to know the kind of environment you’re in, the amount of sun exposure you get on a daily basis, and the other products you incorporate into your day and/or night time routine. Here’s when to apply the toner:
PSA: If you have eczema or pits and hormonal/cystic acne, it’s best to consult a dermatologist and expert before you try using a toner. Additionally, if you notice your skin getting extremely dry or irritated and itchy, or simply red after you use your toner, just stop using it for a while and see if the cause of reaction was the problem.
A toner should definitely be a step in your daily skincare routine. It ensures that your pores remain tight, your skin stays hydrated and the buildup of dirt, oil and all the grime is cleaned away, helping your other products penetrate deeper and better.
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