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Skin toners, in a nutshell, are a liquid applied to the face after cleansing and before moisturizing. There are several misconceptions about using toner in your skincare routine. The first is that they are not necessary, this is FALSE! Part of this is due to the not so good ingredients in many of the toners on the market. Many contain alcohol and other stripping ingredients that do more harm than good, often drying out the skin, which no one should want. The other common thought on toners is that their main purpose is to remove the dirt and makeup left behind after cleansing. This is also false. Although toners will help catch anything left behind, there should not be a significant amount of impurities and dirt after cleansing, if there is you may want to rethink your cleanser.
Most toners are water based liquids with specific active ingredients such as essential oils and plant extracts to target skin concerns. Using the right toner can help to remove any residue and or impurities, should be small amounts, left after cleansing and really prep your skin for your serums and moisturizer. The main purpose of a toner is to re-balance the pH of the skin after cleansing. Your skin likes a more acidic enviroment, between a pH of 4.5 and 5.5. Once your skin’s pH level goes above 6.5, the acid mantle (your skin’s first line of defense) gets compromised, and your skin becomes vulnerable to bacteria and infections. Toners restore your skin’s pH balance after cleansing so it’s better protected. There are many toners on the market now that also help to target specific skin conditions, and really go beyond the normal call of duty. This makes toning a great multi-tasking addition to your skincare routine.
There are many DIY recipes out there, some are great if made properly. With any DIY products you must be cautious and use them in a timely manner. Know where the ingredients you are using come from, many of the plant extracts and essential oils sold are not from pure sources. Not following these guidelines can lead to bacteria growth and adverse skin reactions.
I use toner every morning and night, it has really helped to keep my hormonal acne in check. I use a cotton pad to apply it at night and usually just spritz it directly on my face and pat in the mornings. Two of my favorite overachieving toners are Apoterra Rose Hydrating Toner with Hyaluronic Acid and Rooibos and Neroli Clarifying Toner with Vitamin C and Green Tea.
The Rose Toner is a hydrating toner that provides deep cellular hydration, keeping dull dry skin at bay and promoting a clear, healthy and smooth complexion. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the human body and is a cell-communicating ingredient that boosts your skin’s moisture content while reducing inflammation, it can hold up to 500 times its weight in water. A vegan hyaluronic acid with anti-aging rose water, clarifying rooibos tea, soothing aloe vera, and skin refining frankincense hydrosol creates a truly hydrating rose toner.
The Green Tea Toner is an antioxidant-rich vitamin c toner that will give your skin a well-deserved boost while simultaneously fighting off blemishes. Thyme, neroli, and willow bark extract reduce blemishes by increasing cell turnover, fighting off bad bacteria that cause acne breakouts, and minimizing the occurrence of clogged pores and inflammation. Green tea provides free-radical fighting antioxidants. Aloe vera cools and soothes, reducing redness and inflammation. Cell-communicating ingredients such as vitamin C and niacinamide (B6) enhance skin’s elasticity and barrier function to improve your skin’s tone resulting in a clarified and healthy complexion.
Whichever toner you choose, we hope that you do choose to use one. Your skin will be happier and healthy!