To this day toners are still perceived as the ugly stepsister of skincare, more often than not this source of untapped potential is overlooked and remains to sit stationary on the beauty shelves forever collecting dust. Seemingly, not many people are aware of its skin enhancing skin benefits, which is truly a shame considering all it can do. Initially, toners started off with the target to remove any excess dirt or residue caused by either leftover makeup, the general elements or other streams of what essentially taints our skin without us ever knowing. However, toners now are formulated to perform widely outside of its starting realm, which includes complexion advances in moisturizing, balancing skin tone, correcting, and even assist in the battle against anti-aging.
The complexion benefits stemming from this seemingly foreign concept are, and remain, greatly under-appreciated by many due to either the unfamiliarity with, or the questioning of necessity within their skincare routine. When immediately used after facial washing, running a gentle cotton-pad with a little toner will reveal the dirt pulled from your pores that your ordinary makeup removal wipes neglected to attract. The leftover residue we don’t catch causes breakouts and other unflattering side-effects. Besides it’s deep pore cleansing ability, toners also removes dead skin cells, oil and excess sebum, which are also contributing factors to clogged pores/breakouts.
And depending on what toner you choose, thanks to its antioxidants and other nourishing ingredients, a toner can help diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines. In addition to balancing out your skin tone and correcting common issues like dullness of the skin.
Since not all toners are created equal, choosing such should always be tailored to your skin needs, since to some faces one toner could be more sensitive than the other. Just assure that you avoid toners infused with high alcohol or fragrance levels, and citrus, menthol or peppermint contents. The aforementioned ingredients will induce irritation and might even cause an allergic reaction to the skin, and all-in-all are elements too harsh that could potentially strip your skin of too much necessary protection like oil.
Next time you snub the toner section at your favorite beauty store, rethink walking passed the shelves and consider arming your everyday complexion treatment with it instead.
Toners to give a try
Murad – Clarifying Toner
Mario Badescu – Glycolic Acid Toner
Peter Thomas Roth – Glycolic Acid 10 percent Toning Complex Clarifying Toner
Korres – Pomegranate Toner
Bliss – Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner
Algenist – Hydrating Essence Toner
Dr. Dennis Gross – All-In-One Cleanser With Toner
Are you using a toner? Which is your current favorite?