Many of the clients that come into my treatment room are not using a toner as part of their daily skin care regimen. They aren’t sure what a toner is meant for or how to use a toner correctly. Often, customers mistakenly use a product that is not a toner at all. Toners have many benefits and should be a part of your skincare routine. Here are a few things you should know about toners.
What is a Toner?
toner also referred to as lotions, mists, or essence, are water-based solutions that act as fast penetrating liquids to nourish the skin while providing a boost of hydration. More importantly, toners help to return the pH level of your skin to a normal state. Having a balanced pH level in the skin is vital to support and maintain the integrity of the skin’s protective barrier. Other benefits of using a facial toner include:
Toners aid in removing makeup and debris that your cleanser may have left behind.
They help to gently loosen and lift away dead skin cells.
Replenish hydration and allow for proper absorption of serums and moisturizers.
Leave the skin feeling clean and fresh.
Toner vs. Astringent
Astringents like toners are also a water-based product. However, unlike toners, they are usually made with an alcohol-based formula or another kind of skin-drying ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide. Astringents are intended to eliminate excess oil, reduce acne, and minimize pore size. But, astringents leave the skin dry and tight, giving a false “clean” feeling. Overuse of astringents can cause your skin to become sensitive and inflamed.
Therefore, I recommend to avoid using astringents unless otherwise directed by your dermatologist or esthetician to treat severe acne lesions.
*Note that not all alcohols are bad. The alcohols that are considered skin irritants and should be avoided, are listed in ingredient profiles as SD Alcohol and Denatured Alcohol.
How and When to Use a Toner
Toners are best applied directly after cleansing your skin while the skin is still damp. Spray or pour your toner solution onto a thin cotton round or toning cloth and gently sweep across your face. Avoid using cotton balls because these will absorb most of the solution leading to product waste. Allow the toner to set for a few seconds, then apply serums and moisturizers just before the toner dries to lock in the hydrating properties. You can also spritz your toner after applying makeup to use as a hydrating spray for a look that’s fresh and dewy!
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