Facial Toners: What Are They, Exactly.
I’ve received a fair amount of questions pertaining to facial toners asking if they should be incorporated into daily skincare rituals. In my opinion, yes they should as I believe every skin type benefits from a toner. Let's break it down a bit.
What is a Toner?
In short, a toner is a liquid form of ingredients for quick absorption applied to balance the sensitive pH of our facial skin. Balanced pH = balanced skin which will significantly reduce most skin ailments. Redness is soothed, our skin is not too dry and not too oily, it's great.
Helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores
Adds a layer of protection by reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.
Toners containing glycolic acid or other AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) can help to prevent ingrown hairs as it reduces inflammation after grooming.
Are Astringents and Toners the Same Thing?
No, they aren't. Astringents usually contain alcohol, and possibly extra acne fighting ingredients such as witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Astringents are used to combat excessive sebum (oil) in the skin, though the ingredients can be very drying. I find that they also strip the skin more which can result in an imbalanced pH, so remain cautious.
Do I Need One?
Yes, I believe everyone does. Toners come in many forms and I truly believe there’s a toner out there for every skin type.
What About Mists + Face Refreshers:
These usually are more aimed for hydration and supplying your skin with antioxidants (vitamins for your face.) Mists can be used as an amazing way to stay hydrated and keep your skin refreshed throughout the day. Perfect item to carry in your purse/man bag during the summer when body temps become elevated. It'll instantly cool you down and help regulate body temp while giving a nice glow. During the winter season, spray right before you moisturize the skin as the mist will act as a sponge and helps absorb moisturizer better. More hydration = More Life.
Hope this helps!
All My Love,