Toners have become a staple in many a beauty junkie’s top shelf. It seems like there’s a mist for everything― hydrating, calming, soothing, moisturizing.. but what is the main purpose of toners? Some people seem to use them to freshen up throughout the day, some use them as makeup setting sprays, and others apply it with a cotton round for its astringent properties. Let's discuss the most optimal use for toners and how can we use them to really benefit our skin!
What Do Toners Do?
At first introduction, the toner market can be an overwhelming one. Not to mention, there’s still a lingering assumption that toners are harsh and irritate the skin. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore. There’s now many different kinds of toners loaded with beneficial ingredients such as skin-repairing substances, antioxidants and exfoliating ingredients to benefit every skin type.
When you wash your face with a cleanser, it throws off the pH balance of your skin. It's important to use a toner after each time you cleanse to rebalance the pH and to get immediate hydration and nutrients. This also allows for better penetration of the products that you put on directly afterwards.
Toners For Each Skin Type
Oily and Combination Skin-
Many toners for oily, blemish-prone skin contain irritants (such as alcohol, or menthol) that actually worsen blemishes and dry out the skin which causes it to overcompensate and produce even more oil. People with oily skin should look for ingredients like salicylic acid, which is soluble in oil and can help remove excess sebum from the face. Also look for mandelic acid for it's antimicrobial properties. People with combination skin should use a toner with glycolic acid, which can help remove oil from the T-zone, but is also useful in dryer areas like the cheeks.
Dry/ Sensitive Skin
Many people with dry, or sensitive skin have been wary of toners, but finding the right toner can result in less redness, and provide an extra moisturizing step to repair the skin. People with dry skin should look for toners that contain soothing and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, vitamin E, chamomile and antioxidants like green tea.