I’m here with another ‘Skincare Sunday’ post all about using toners.
Now, we have all heard something or someone tell us to ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ at least once (maybe even more) and how we need to complete all three steps in order to get our skin looking its best. Cleansing and moisturising sound pretty straight forward, but do we really take into consideration the significance of toning? Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about this magical step.
A facial toner is a lotion that is applied to the skin using a cotton wool pad to remove all traces of dirt, make up and dead skin. It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores and balance the pH levels of the skin. Using a toner after cleansing helps to prep the skin for serums and moisturisers helping them to do their job more effectively.
For me personally, a toner makes ALL the difference in my skin care routine. I feel incomplete if I don’t tone after cleansing, and when I skip this step, I can really notice a difference in the appearance of my skin. Obviously, the frequency in which you use a toner depends on your needs and skin type. But believe me when I say there is a toner out there for EVERY skin type because maybe, just MAYBE a toner is the key product for getting radiant, beautiful skin!
Why You Should Use a Toner
It cleans every last bit of dirt and make up. You may think cleansing is enough, but dirt and make up still gets left behind, so using a toner just ensures that your complexion is left squeaky clean! Anyway, once you have a look at that cotton wool pad that you toned with, you’ll think differently.
Helps to remove excess oils. Toners are renowned for removing excess oils and preventing clogged pores that cause blackheads and acne. (Read my post on clogged pores here)
It balances the pH of your skin. Our skin’s natural pH level is about 5.5 and this can be thrown off by different types of cleansers, which means our skin has to frantically work hard again to balance itself and this can cause excess oil production or excess dead skin. Using a toner helps to prevent either of those from happening.
Reduces the appearance of pores. Toners clean and tighten pores which makes the skin look visibly smoother and prevent further dirt and debris from penetrating it.
Toning helps to hydrate the skin. Toning also helps to lock moisture in the skin to prevent it drying out.
To get the most out of your skincare routine it is so important (as I keep saying) to make sure that you get products that work for YOUR specific skin type (it’s so easy to get product happy these days!) and the same goes for selecting a toner to suit you.
Here’s a small example of things to look out for when shopping for a toner. If you have sensitive skin look out for toners with aloe vera or chamomile. For oily/blemish prone skin types, go for tea tree, witch hazel or glycolic acid. If you have combination skin then its best to go for a toner with rose water as this helps to keep everything in balance. If you suffer from dry skin look for a toner with glycerin as this is a humectant and binds moisture to the skin.
Like I always say, there are millions of products out there, it’s just a matter of finding one that suits you!
Tip: Use a dampened cotton wool pad to apply your toner, it makes the product so much more effective!
I hope this post has been informative!
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I’ll be back again soon,
Love, Taslima x