Adding a toner is a great way to take your skin care routine to the next level. While in the past toners have been known for sucking moisture out of skin with alcohol or witch hazel, the truth is a good toner is loaded with antioxidants and skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients that nourish skin.
These state-of-the-art liquid moisturisers actually enhance skin’s surface, giving skin what it needs to look fresher, smoother, and hydrated. For combination / oily skin toners can reduce enlarged pores and excess oil. For normal / dry / sensitive skin toners can lessen redness and flaking.
Toners are state-of-the-art liquid moisturisers that actually enhance skin’s surface, giving it what it needs to look fresher, smoother, and hydrated. For combination or oily skin, toners can reduce enlarged pores and excess oil. For normal, dry, or sensitive skin types, toners can lessen redness and flaking.
Today’s treatment toners fit into three categories:
- Hydrating tonics and mists
- pH-balancing toners
- Exfoliating fluids
Hydrating Tonics and Mists
There are two types of ingredients that can increase the hydration of your skin: those that attract and hold water, such as hyaluronic acid; and those that nourish and condition skin, such as omega-based oils and emollient-rich butters. Most moisturisers contain both types of ingredients.
Sometimes, skin can be in good overall condition, with a strong, healthy barrier, whilst still being dehydrated. This is when a hydrating toner is very effective.
Hydrating toners are full of oil-free humectants, which attract water and hold it in your skin. These products are also great for use during the summer months in conjunction with a lighter moisturiser.
You might be surprised to learn your skin is actually acidic. This is why washing with water (which is neutral) plus alkaline soap is very drying to your skin.
When you use too many products that have a pH dissimilar to your skin’s, the natural acid balance of the skin is thrown off. Healthy skin can counteract pH changes within a matter of hours. However, over time, the skin may become compromised by excessive or frequent use of alkaline products.
pH-balancing toners help restore your skin’s outermost layers, which are scientifically referred to as the ‘acid mantle’. These products keep skin hydrated, defended, and healthy.
Exfoliating, Acid-Based Toners
The second step of your skin care routine can also double as an exfoliating treatment when you incorporate an acid-based toner. These products are multi-purpose warriors that can:
- Sweep away dead skin cells, revealing new, fresh, healthy skin
- Reduce the appearance of pores by removing of dead skin trapped within pores
- Re-acidify your skin barrier, helping to promote healthier skin
- Improve the general condition of skin
Exfoliating toners include no grainy physical exfoliants—just a gentle, skin-friendly acid that softens and sloughs dead skin cells slowly after application.
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