A toner is a skin care product, usually water-based, that’s meant to shrink the appearance of large pores and further cleanse the skin, picking up any makeup or debris that may have been left behind.
In the past, Dermatologists and estheticians deemed toners unnecessary harmful to the skin as they were too astringent and incredibly drying, all of which are definitely not conducive to a radiant and healthy complexion. This judgment however wasn’t actually about toners — it’s about alcohol in the toners.
It’s a common belief that toners with alcohol are an essential step to killing acne-causing bacteria, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Though alcohol does fight bacteria, it also strips the skin of moisture. Alcohol actually dries your skin out, which makes issues like acne even worse. This may be why some dermatologists say toners aren’t necessary, but there’s one important distinction to make: Not all toners have their roots in alcohol.
BENEFITS OF FACIAL TONERS
1. COMPLETE CLEANSING
This is still an important part of a toner’s job. A toner helps sweep away impurities, leaving pores clean and less noticeable, and protecting skin.
2. RESTORES SKIN’S NATURAL PH BALANCE
This is important because the skin’s barrier, also known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping skin moisturized while blocking out germs and bacteria. In order for it to operate at peak performance, you have to make sure your skin’s pH is balanced.
Scientifically speaking, your pH (potential of hydrogen) balance is the ratio of positively-charged ions (the ones responsible for forming acid) to negatively charged (alkaline-forming) ions in your body.
Skin is naturally acidic with a pH level of about 4.5 – 5.5. Once your skin’s pH level goes above 6.5, the acid mantle (your skin’s first line of defense) gets compromised, and your skin becomes vulnerable to bacteria and infections. Toners restore your skin’s pH balance after cleansing so it’s better protected.
3. ACNE REDUCTION
Acne can be painful and unsightly and can lead to facial scarring. It can also cause your skin to appear more oily, dull and unbalanced. By removing oily buildup, residue and dead skin cells, facial toners assist in reducing the amount of facial blemishes and acne you may already have and work to prevent future breakouts.
4. REDUCES THE PORE APPEARANCE
Large facial pores allow more dirt, oil and toxins to enter the skin and cause irritation and infections. Facial toners tighten the appearance of facial pores, allowing fewer oils and toxins to settle into the skin. This creates a fresher, cleaner and less oily appearance while preventing acne.
5. FULL BODY PROTECTION
That’s right, a toner isn’t just for the face. It can be used for cleansing and removing excess oil from breakout spots like your chest, back, neck, and shoulders.
6. HYDRATION AND NOURISHMENT
Facial toners provide hydration to your skin, which is essential to maintaining elasticity, smoothness, moisture and a more youthful appearance. Proper skin hydration reduces the signs of aging skin and provides an effective base for the application of facial cosmetics. Many facial toners also provide vitamins and other essential skin nutrients to keep your skin healthy and balanced.
7. INCREASED ABSORPTION OF SKINCARE INGREDIENTS
The use of toner can increase the absorption of skincare products as a result of two effects;
The first is that facial toning itself cleanses the skin making the skin more likely to absorb anything that is applied than on a face that is dirty and clogged. The second being that facial toners usually contain some kind of penetrant or absorption enhancer such as vitamins and minerals which help to nourish the skin.
8. IT MAY PREVENT INGROWN HAIRS.
Toners containing glycolic acid or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs, so it also aids in grooming.
HOW TO APPLY TONER
After cleansing, apply toner to clean skin with a cotton pad to remove residual makeup and debris, avoiding the eye area.
For a natural solution which doesn’t contain alcohol, use our pH Hydrating Toner