The absence of face toner in your skin care routine could stand between you and clear healthy skin.
We all remember to wipe our faces with stinging dehydrating astringent solutions called toners when we were teens. They contained a high concentrations of alcohol, which clearly didn’t help to have radiant and plump skin.
Due to popularity of K-beauty products and skincare routine these days toners no longer limited to treating acne and can address any of skin concerns. Most of them have moisturizing properties and don’t contain any alcohol.
WHAT IS FACE TONER?
A toner is a hydrating liquid that removes dead cells off the surface of epidermis. Toners are normally water-based, though some of them can have more lotion or gel textures.
WHY SHOULD I USE FACE TONER?
Think of toner in skincare regimen as a primer in your makeup routine, it is a prep step after cleansing and before applying products with active ingredients.
1. It restores your skin’s pH balance
Our skin is acidic. Due to alkaline nature of cleansers and soaps our skin pH balance, which is normally between 5 and 6 (on a scale from 0 to 14) changes whilst cleansing. It normally effects hydration and oil levels of epidermis. It takes a long time for your skin to return to its normal level. Using a toner helps to restore this balance faster.
2. It increases a level of protection
Toners aid tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and protecting from environmental contaminants. It can even take away chlorine and hard minerals present in tap water.
3. It helps skin to absorb other products
After cleansing your skin, more likely, looks and feels like a dry sponge. If you put a thick cream on it, sponge is not going to absorb it as it isn’t prepared for moisture. But if you wet the sponge, the cream or serum will penetrate straight away. This is exactly what toner does, it prepares your skin for other products to sink in easily.
HOW SHOULD I USE FACE TONER?
We recommend to use toners twice a day after cleansing. If you do exfoliate then you need to use your toner after exfoliation. Koreans use a 60 seconds rule, which states that toner should be used no later than a minute after washing your face. It helps to deliver more effective results!
Wet a cotton pad with toner, then swipe it over your entire face and neck. Some people would prefer to use their hands to apply toner by tapping it gently onto skin. Some of the toners have a spray bottle and all you need just sprinkle product onto your face directly.
If you want to get extra hydration, try the “7 Skin Method”, which involves applying toner in small amounts one by one in seven layers. Note, that only hydrating toner is suitable for this application.
WHICH FACE TONER SHOULD I USE?
Nowadays you can choose toner according to your skin type and skin need, like any other skincare product. Please find some examples below:
If you have sensitive skin look for acidic, low pH toner with skin calming botanical extracts, like aloe vera.
If you have large pores alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids will be key ingredients in your toner.
If you have acne-prone or oily skin look for toners which contain a salicylic acid or witch hazel.
If you have dull skin toners with natural exfoliants like papaya extracts and lactic acid, and fermented yeast extracts, like galactomyces will help.
If you have dry or mature skin seek out toners with hydrating ingredients and antioxidants like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, beta-glucan, rose water.
DON’T SKIP A TONER IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE!