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What is a toner, and why do I need it?

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Ahhh skincare, it’s like another language in itself. From exfoliator to cleanser and everything in between, it can all get too much! I mean, do I need all these different creams and oils on my face first thing in the morning and last thing at night?

Toner is one that I literally took forever to understand, though now I understand how important it is, and the actual benefits toner has on your skin.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been reading how toner is the best way to get your skincare routine to the next level. Why is this?

According to Paula’s Choice Skincare, a good toner is loaded with “antioxidants, skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients that nourish skin.”

Toner is to be applied after you’ve cleansed, and before you’ve exfoliated. This provides an additional cleansing of the skin before the next step of your skincare routine. As well as this, it acts as a hydrator and provider of essential ingredients.

A good toner is said to contain rosewater, for its hydrating and clarifying properties, or chamomile which is great for calming and soothing the skin. That said, there is no reason why you can’t have both in one toner!

One toner that contains both rosewater and chamomile is the Natio Gentle Skin Toner, this is a toner for all skin types. It is alcohol-free, plant-based and promises to help purify and tighten pores.

For combination/oily skin, toners are brilliant in reducing enlarged pores and excess oil given the right one. Toners for oily skin may contain alcohol in them as this dries the skin out and is anti-bacterial.

However, it is important to remember not to overuse these types of toners as they will over-dry your skin.

For normal, dry and sensitive skin, the redness and flakiness of skin can be reduced with the right toner.

Under the belief toner isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and just a pure waste of time? Next time, try avoiding ingredients such as SD or denatured alcohol, menthol, fragrances, witch hazel or any type of ingredient that is known to aggravate the skin, and report back after use!

More of a DIY kinda gal? A green-tea toner is super easy to mix up: one cup of green tea + half a teaspoon of honey. Mix well, and after cooling add three drops of jasmine essential oil. Pour into an airtight bottle. A green-tea toner can be used for all skin types.

But for normal-oily skin types, an apple-cider vinegar would work well to aid the requirements for your skin type: juice of one lemon mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix in 200ml of mineral water, and again, pour into an airtight container. Lemon is photosensitive so it is best that this is only used at night!

Toners that contain glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs, who would have thought a toner could aid in a bit of grooming on the side, also?

The Simple Kind To Skin Facial Toner is only £1.50 in Superdrug and contains ingredients for this particular type of toner.

Toners should be applied morning and night after cleansing and before moisturising. Apply with a cotton pad onto the face, not forgetting the neck area. Personally, I believe the best way is to swipe in upward motions.

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6 comments

  1. Wow this is such a helpful post! Are there any toners you would personally recommend for oily skin? I have really enlarged pores and can’t seem to find anything to help it yet☹️

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