What Is a Toner?
With that said, “What does toners actually do?"
Do you NEED a toner in your routine?
The short answer, maybe.
Maybe you do or maybe you don’t.
Better answer, your skin will thank you if you do.
Benefits of Toners
- The purpose of toners is to replenish and nourish skin after removing makeup and cleansing, a step that can significantly and visibly help your skin.
- Even if you use the most gentle cleanser, your skin still needs to be replenished with what the cleanser removes. This is where a brilliant toner can really shine.
- It also serves to remove those last traces of makeup you may have missed with your cleanser but it’s benefits go way beyond that.
- In addition to getting skin ultra clean, a toner brings your skin back in balance by regulating pH, helping to strengthen the skin barrier and, often hydrating, as well.
- Toners remove excess oil and dead skin cells to unclog pores and minimize their appearance, so skin looks clear, smooth, and refined.
- A toner can quickly and fundamentally provide skin with generous amounts of antioxidants, soothing agents and vital hydrating ingredients to help protect skin from age-accelerating free radicals encountered daily.
But, one of the biggest benefits of the toner may be the least known.
The secret bonus of a toner is prepping your skin for better absorption of follow-on products. So when you apply a pricey serum after using a toner, it will be better able to reach the cellular level where it can get to work to produce positive changes in your skin. Skip the toner and you undercut the effectiveness of your serums and creams.
Best toner for Your skin type
As with any new skincare product, you'll want to be mindful when adding toner to your morning and/or evening beauty routine. "Ensure that the toner does not contain alcohol since they tend to dry out and irritate skin. More also, you should be sure it’s perfect for your skin type and here are some active Ingredients to look out for in a toner’s ingredient label to know if it’s appropriate toner for your skin:
For dry to normal skin:
You want a toner with hydration-boosting ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. "Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water making it a powerful humectant, keeping your skin moisturized throughout the day," Make sure to avoid any toners that are alcohol-based as this will dry your skin out more. Choose a hydrating toner that contains moisturizing ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid.
For sensitive skin:
Skin-soothing ingredients to look for include chamomile and rosewater, In addition, make sure its formula is free from fragrance and alcohol as they could irritate sensitive skin.
For oily or acne-prone skin:
Look for solutions labeled 'oil free' or 'non-comedogenic," The key ingredients to look for include alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid. These ingredients help exfoliate the skin by mopping up excess oil and removing dead skin cells. "They can also help minimize the appearance of your pores and reduce breakouts,"
For all skin types:
Alcohol-free toners that contain antioxidants such as vitamin C can be suitable for any skin type.
Try Neutriherbs Vitamin C Brightening & Glow Skin Toner. It’s perfect for all skin types. It's Alcohol free and formulated with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and doesn't contain any fragrance that irritates sensitive skin. Plus, it has hyaluronic acid for dry/normal skin, Vitamin c & Niacinamide to clear dark spots and leave skin with a bright glow.
When To Use Toner in Your Routine?
A Toner is best used as your first step after cleansing but before applying serums or creams, as it helps rid the skin of any residual impurities and leaves the skin refreshed and perfectly prepped for your subsequent skincare routine. Any creams, serums, or treatments applied post-toning will penetrate deeper and provide maximum benefits.
It's best to use it when skin is still a little damp so it absorbs better. Traditionally, toner is applied by sweeping it on with a cotton pad. But some people like to pat it on like a serum, which works, too.
How To Use Face Toner?
The time and frequency you use a toner really depend on your skin type, skin concerns, and ingredients in the toner." Take it slow with harsher toners before you "build-up to daily or twice daily use." On the other hand, "hydrating, calming, replenishing and soothing toners like Neutriherbs Vitamin c Toner can generally be used twice a day."
Using a toner Is not just a way to remove every trace of dirt, oil and soap residue, nor is it just a super pH balancer and pore refiner. It’s the ultimate optimizer.
Neutriherbs Vitamin C Skin toner enhances skin’s surface, giving skin what it needs to look fresher, smoother and hydrated.
Once you start using a well formulated toner, the results will be undeniably obvious.
And you can see from reviews from as many of our customers who used the Vitamin c toner can attest, it no longer becomes an optional step – it’s a must have.