Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. I am slowly but surely drowning in homework (so much fun!)
Today’s post is on toners. I know, I know….
Why am I talking about toners?
Well, because not everyone understands what they are or what type they should be using for their current skin conditions. Don’t worry, I’m also in this group, I only figured out what toner I needed this past summer.
Toners are used right after cleansing but before serums/essences. They are used to add moisture back into the skin barrier.
In other terms, our society is obsessed with things that foam and having our skin squeaky clean. This is bad because using harsh surfactants disrupt the delicate skin barrier by getting rid of / shrivelling up the lovely microbes (the good bacteria that heals and protects you and your skin).
What do they do exactly?
Toners are water-based liquids with a very liquidy consistency that generally contain certain active ingredients and extracts. They are used to prepare the skin for the products coming after it. By using a toner, it balances the skin’s PH to a safer level and moisturizes skin so that it can also get rid of any last remnants of dirt, oil, or makeup.
They also soothe skin (or should) and contain large amounts of extracts and nourishing ingredients.
Think of it this way: You know when you’ve just woken up from a 6-8 hour sleep in the morning and you’re really thirsty? Think about eating a sandwich or something that is pretty dry without any water to help push it down. That’s what you’re doing to your skin when you skip toner and move on to your next product (unless you’re only using an oil cleanser).
What Type of Toner do I Need?
To be honest, toners differ and cater towards individual needs. But there are certain ingredients everyone should steer clear of.
Personally, I use toners that focus on hydration because that is what my skin lacks. Not in moisture, but in hydration.
Mature/ Dry/ Dehydrated skin: nourishing and hydrating
Oily: Calming, relaxing
Either way, always look for something that is alcohol free because (more often than not) alcohol will dry out your skin and speed up the aging process (over time) and cause wrinkles and stress faster.
How to Apply
There are two ways of applying toners — either with a cotton round that you can swipe all over your face, neck, and chest (this is very important. Don’t forget about this other delicate places!)
You can also use your hands and pat it into your skin which will give you the full benefits of the toner as well as being absorbed quickly.
How often should I use it?
Generally, morning and night. If it’s a spray then use it whenever you feel like. Especially when your skin is dry. I also recommend doing a few layers of toner in the morning and at night for extra hydration that really sinks in. This practice is referred to as ‘skins’ and anywhere between two and six skins is great.
Do I need a Toner?
Depends on the type of cleanser you use and your skin concerns.
If it’s a foaming cleanser, don’t skip a toner because foam strips the moisture barrier and speeds up aging and attributes to other problems.
As long as the toner doesn’t have alcohol or mineral oil in it, there is no downside to a toner. They are used to restore skin moisture after cleansing and I really think they’re great.
Some of my favourites:
I recommend the Make P:rem toner to everyone because it’s a hydrating toner and everyone can benefit from a little more hydration.
Do you use a toner? If so, which one?