Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Toner - What is it? Why do I need it?

We have all used it but do many of us know what toner does exactly?

What is toner?
Toner is a water-like product that delivers a quick boost of hydration to the skin and helps to remove dead skin cells and impurities off the surface of the skin. Back in the day, they used to make toners with high concentrations of alcohol which caused the skin to dry up, but nowadays toners are formulated with astringent properties and some are even alcohol-free to tend to the needs of many different skin types.

When should you use toner?
You should always use a toner after cleansing. You can do it once a day after you cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Applying it after you exfoliate allows the skin to be clear from any dirt, grime and make-up to allow the skin-benefiting ingredients to set into the skin.

How should you apply it?
You can do this one of three ways. You can gently spritz some in your hands and pat down on your face. You can spray some on a cotton pad and swipe on your face. You can even just directly spritz a mist of it on your face.

How do I find the right toner for my skin type?
  • For those with large pores... try using a toner formulated with glycolic acid. Glycolic acid removes dead skin cells that accumulate around the pores making the pores look bigger than what they really are.  Suggestion:  glo Skin Beauty's Glycolic Resurfacing Toner.
  • For those with dull skin... try using a toner with natural exfoliants like lactic acid or papaya extracts. These ingredients work great in brightening the skin for a natural glow and shine. Avoid toners with any alcohol as this will dry the skin and dull it out even more.  Suggestion:  Bodyography Brightening & Balancing Toner.  It's alcohol free too!  
  • For those with sensitive skin... try using a toner enriched with skin-calming botanicals. These calming botanicals relieve the skin and deeply hydrate it for an all day glow.  Suggestion:  Pharmagel Botantical Tonique...it's all natural and fragrance free!
  • For those with oily skin/acne-prone... try using a salicylic acid-based toner. This ingredient helps to remove excess oil without stripping your skin of essential moisture.  Suggestion:  Bioelements Acne Toner.  

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