Do I Need a Toner? - SkinMiles South Africa

Do I Need a Toner?

Why Are Toners Important?

Quick Reference Guide For Toners

One of the questions that keeps on cropping up in my daily cosmetic practice and with the SkinMiles Customer Care Line is the subject of toners.

Should I Use One, Where Does It Fit In My Skin Care Regime and What Are Their Uses? These are just some of the questions we will take a look at in this article. Read this helpful and quick guideline on toners to understand where they fit in your regime, should you add one and its uses.

What Do Toners Do?

After cleansing the skin they provide an additional step to adding vital ingredients for the skin such as antioxidants and skin-repairing substances such as Glycerin, fatty acids, and ceramides. As a result of biased and often poorly researched information toners have become a confusing category of skincare products.

Specifically toners are important for:

Prepping the skin for the moisturizer or serum

It can keep skin hydrated for longer

Makes it easier to apply serums and moisturizers

Toners also adjusts the pH of your skin (if it has been changed by cleansing) bringing it back to slightly acidic

Introduces water-soluble performance ingredients into skin as the better toners contain beneficial ingredients, such as calming, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, exfoliating, or age-fighting ingredients

When To Use:

A toner is applied onto the skin immediately after cleansing and drying the skin. Some expert’s advice using the toner while the skin is still moist after using a cleanser as this may improve hydration. Personally I do not think this is necessary.

Toners are liquids that may typically come in a bottle with or without a spray nozzle.

If the toner comes with a spray nozzle:

Spray once on each cheek and once on the forehead and use your finger tips to gently spread the solution over your face and neck.

If no spray nozzle is provided:

Pour a few drops onto your fingertips and gently spread the solution around your face and neck.

Toner Tip:

Do not use a cotton wool pad or ball as too much solution will be wasted through absorption.

Recommended Toners:

If you do want to use a toner then my advice is to only use water based formulas loaded with beneficial ingredients such as skin-repairing substances, antioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients.

The following toners from SkinMiles.Com match this description:

  1. SKINCEUTICALS BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION
  2. EXUVIANCE SOOTHING TONING LOTION
  3. EXUVIANCE MOISTURE BALANCE TONER

Toners for Different Skin Types

Toners for Oily or Blemish-Prone Skin:

The toners that are best for oily or blemish-prone skin are those whose ingredients help reduce enlarged pores and reduce oil production.

See: EXUVIANCE CLARIFYING SOLUTION & SKINCEUTICALS BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION

Toners for Dry or Sensitive Skin:

Even dry or sensitive skin can benefit from the correct toner and specifically one will notice less redness and flaking and with the correct ingredients the skin will appear less inflamed.

See EXUVIANCE MOISTURE BALANCE TONER

Toners for Combination Skin:

See EXUVIANCE MOISTURE BALANCE TONER

Further Reading:

Ceramides & Their Importance in Skin Health

Products With Ceramides:

SKINCEUTICALS TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE 2:4:2 & DERMACEUTIC DERMA LIFT 5.0

 

Please feel free to post any comments you may have and feel free to send me questions on skin care or your skin regimes.

Kind regards

Samantha Nikolic

Samantha Nikolic

Samantha Nikolic has received training from numerous skin care brands such as NeoStrata, Obagi, Colorescience, Dermaquest, Dermaceutic to name a few and is certified to perform NeoStrata Glycolic Acid Peels and give advice regarding their topical anti-ageing and non medical topical acne skin treatments Furthermore, she has been certified by Radiant Healthcare (Syneron South Africa) to use all of the IPL/Bi-Polar Radiofrequency applications that include Photofacial® Skin Rejuvenation, Refirm® Skin Tightening, and Hair Removal.

Our approach to your skin is to give you the best advice on skincare ingredients and skin treatments providing you with a personal skincare regime that is specific for your skin type and skin concern.

“We all have a passion so our focus for you is to only provide you with what we are the very best at – looking after your skin. To achieve this goal, we have focused on very specific skincare brands and skin treatments to enable you to get the best from each. We do not believe one size fits all as each of us have unique needs and skin concerns” – Sam Nikolic

  • Mellisa ,

    always had problems with dry and oily combination skin, thanks for the info

    • sara ,

      thanks dr alek for a very useful article – great advice and will share with my children

      • Dr Alek Nikolic ,

        Hi Sara that is great news. Kind regards Dr Alek Nikolic

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