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.
Do not use a cotton wool pad or ball as too much solution will be wasted through absorption.
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:
- SKINCEUTICALS BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION
- EXUVIANCE SOOTHING TONING LOTION
- 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.
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.
Toners for Combination Skin:
Products With Ceramides: