Due to a lot of misconceptions, toners have become a confusing category in skincare products. Many fashion magazines, dermatologists, and even cosmetics salespeople advise against using a toner, or simply dismiss toners as an optional step.
However, toning is essential for achieving a healthy and radiant glow!
Toners are meant to be used after cleansing, to restore and repair its surface.
Making a point of adding a toner to the skin can help:
Toners help to remove remaining makeup or impurities that can cling to the skin, providing you with a clean slate to add additional skin care treatments as necessary. Toners also provide a refreshing element after stepping out of a hot shower or during the summer months when you are more prone to sweating.
Toners that contain fortifying elements such as vitamins A, C and E will rejuvenate the skin, simulate cell production and reduce the damage done by free radicals. This also increases your skin’s development of hydrolipidic film that provides a protective barrier that will help your skin retain moisture and maintain the capillary walls.
Your cleanser will likely strip away a great deal of moisture from your skin. Toners help to replace this vital moisture and bind it to the skin.
Using a toner can help tighten your pores, limiting the risk of allergens or impurities from agitating them. This will help you avoid unsightly or painful blemishes or pimples.
Cleanse Dead Skin
Many toners contain exfoliating agents that can help remove flakes of dead skin. Gently exfoliating helps to bring out the natural brightness of the skin and will also help to prevent ingrown hairs.
Balance Skin pH
Our skin is naturally acidic, normally with a pH balance of between five and six. After cleansing, due to the alkaline nature of soap, the pH balance of skin gets disturbed. When this happens your skin needs to work overtime to restore the balance (and that may result in oil), but using a toner helps to restore this balance quickly.
A few of my current favourite Toners:
Eucerin® DermatoCLEAN Clarifying Toner
A mild, alcohol-free toner that refreshes the skin and helps it to breathe. My Skin feels clean and soothed and is noticeably soft and supple.
NIVEA Daily Essentials Soothing Toner
The Refreshing Toner clarifies and refreshes the skin while optimally preparing it for the application of a day or night cream.
Dermalogica antioxidant hydramist
A refreshing peptide toner that creates a hydrating, antioxidant shield over skin to help reduce fine dryness lines and prevent the signs of ageing. Mist over skin after cleansing and throughout the day to help firm, rehydrate, and minimize skin-ageing triggers.
Comfort zone absolute pearl tonic
This gel texture makes this an exclusive and efficient product thanks to the immediate feeling of hydration in the tissue. The product becomes liquid while massaging, making it easier to be absorbed. The skin remains pleasantly scented. With Actiwhite™ complex.
Ideal for cosmetic treatments lightening and brightening, even for sensitive or reactive skin.
Africology Rose Absolute Tonic
A skin-conditioning toner that refines the pores, it is blended with Rose Absolute oil to help balance the skin and hormonal system. Enriched with anti oxidants, it leaves the skin feeling smooth refreshed and enhanced.