Is toner really a necessary step?
Most people think of toner as a harsh astringent that rids the skin of excess oils. Often toner is related with teen acne, like “Sea Breeze” or those crazy harsh acne “oxy” pads from the 80’s. Well, toner has most definitely changed since the 80’s! Toner is one of the unsung hero’s of skincare and all ages and skin types can greatly benefit from its use.
What does toner do?
Several things! First and foremost toner will help remove any residue from the skin. Even after cleansing, oil, excess cleanser, makeup, or sunscreen can still be present. A sweep or two of toner will rid the skin of this excess baggage and allow it to breathe. However, what’s arguably more important is that toner will balance the skins PH levels. All cleansers are designed to be alkaline, whereas skin is naturally more acidic. If you have skin that is in an alkaline state you can run into problems, namely dehydration, premature aging, and flakiness amongst others. So the real truth of toner is that it’s number one reason is to balance the skin. Also, without this balance, your moisturizers and other products may not work as effectively, because they were created for skin that is in its slightly more acidic state. Lastly, toners usually contain ingredients that are anti-aging, hydrating, or antioxidant rich. These ingredients help to nourish the skin or address an issue. Skinscript’s toner, for example, contains Omegas and hylauronic acid- two soothing and hydrating powerhouses.
What toner should I be using?
So not all toners are created alike. There are still those harsh alcohol based drugstore toners that can wreak havoc on skin and need to be avoided (Proactiv, Sea Breeze, etc). Natural toners should also be avoided too- especially those using lemon or witch hazel. Even the fancy ones at stores like Lush (as much as they smell good and look pretty) are not PH balanced and contain nothing beneficial. They will just strip your skin of its much needed barrier oils (we need those) and throw your skin off it’s PH. So, when looking for a toner, choose professional grade as those are always PH adjusted, and look for toners that will meet your skin’s needs (i.e. hydrating, anti-aging, etc.).
How do I use toner?
Typically toner is used just after cleansing by saturating a cotton round or ball with the solution. A sweep or two across the entire face, neck, and décolleté, will do the job. Some toners (Skinscript included) are better used as a spray and left on the skin. While skin is still damp with the toner, it’s best to immediately follow with your moisturizer or treatment creams. This helps to lock in the hydration. Spray toner can also be used to set makeup, or as a hydration spray throughout your day.
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