Toner used to be known for its super astringent qualities, making it an important tool in the fight against acne and oily skin, and something for sensitive skin types to avoid.
Now there are toners made for every skin type and ailment, making it a great addition to everyone’s skincare regime.
The toner step is a bridge between cleansing and moisturizing. Toner removes dirt and dead skin cells that cleanser missed, and any remaining cleanser that your face cloth missed. As you’re removing that final bit of dirt, the toner tightens your pores to lock out new dirt as an added protection against breakouts. It also puts a fine layer of moisture back on that squeaky clean face, which helps your skin to absorb moisturizer.
Additional toner qualities depend on the formula. There are toners with highly efficient astringents to treat acne-prone and oily faces, such as alcohol-based toners and our alcohol-free Orange Blossom Facial Toner which relies on the bacteria-fighting benefits of neroli hydrosol. There are toners that calm redness and irritation like our Rose Dew Facial Toner that uses rose hydrosol to treat inflammation and environmental damage.
If you find your toner tightens your skin to the point of discomfort, it’s not a good fit for you. Your toner should add moisture to your skin, not strip it away.
To include toner to your skincare routine, wash your face with your favourite cleanser, then apply some toner to a cotton ball and swipe it gently all over your face. If your toner bottle comes with a spritzer, spray a light layer on your face and wipe away excess with a cotton ball to remove debris. Apply moisturizer as normal. Then blow yourself a kiss in the mirror and smile at your beautiful self!