I’ve always underestimated the importance of applying toner right after you wash your face and before you apply anything else on the face. I always have people apprehensively ask me but why?
Toners can be a little bit intimidating for those that are still new to it. I remember bringing a friend to Sephora, and she started freaking out by the amount of toners available – “why is this so complicated? How I know which one to buy”. It’s honestly not.
So basically, a toner is a water, alcohol, or gel-based liquid that is, first and foremost, used to bring back your skin to a state of balance (pH 5.5) post-cleansing. Often, our face washes include acids (such as glycolic) and ingredients that provoke the skin to be alkaline. Alkaline skin = skin prone to damage and inflammation.
Applying toner with a 100% cotton pad will bring back your skin to the right pH. This will also ensure that whatever you apply after (ampoules, serums, moisturizers, etc) will absorb at a maximum rate and be more effective.
1. Pour the toner that suits your skin type onto a 100% cotton pad after cleansing.
2. Rub it all over your face to make sure it’s evenly spread out.
3. Let it sit for a minute or two so the product can properly work its magic
4. Apply the next product in your skincare regime.
I personally have oily/combination skin at the moment so I’ve been using Belif’s Eucalyptus Herbal Extract Toner ($28). Someone with acne once recommended to me saying that it helped calm her breakouts and treated her acne episodes.
The soothing eucalyptus and apple mint ingredients help calm the skin down (I get really red post hot shower) and sebum control for the stressed out skin. It’s formulated without mineral oils, parabens, sulphates, and dermatology-tested.
If you have dry skin, you need a toner that is alcohol-free.
This Clarins toner ($24) is a stunner. It’s formulated with chamomile (soothing), linden (microcirculation for exfoliating the skin), and Vitamin A,B, and E (moisturize and protect). It is also acne-treating for the one who have dry/combination skin.
Lazy people’s toner:
A moisturizing toner I would recommend for the ones that are always on the go is the Murad Hydrating Toner. It comes in a spray bottle, filled with moisturizing and soothing fruit extracts, so there is no hassle of taking out the cotton pads.
Oh and it smells divine
Exfoliating Toner (without using a chemical peel as a toner):
If you want to exfoliate your skin while toning, I’d recommend Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 10 percent.
The combination of glycolic and lactic acid will gently remove dead skin from the surface of your skin revealing an improved texture and evened out skin tone. Something to think about for those who are dealing with hyperpigmentation or post-acne scars. The bottle also contains witch hazel (provivdes antioxidants) and citric acid (brightening element).