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Tone Up: Why You Need to Use a Toner

Back in the day, toners were heavily based around alcohol as a key ingredient. Included for its astringent properties, toners were meant to strip away any lingering surface oils and bacteria in the hope of maintaining a clear and clean complexion. This is probably why toners gained notoriety as a pointless step in your daily skin care routine, proving to be more detrimental than beneficial to the skin as our ‘skintelligence’ increased. Toners nowadays have evolved to be free of alcohol and can provide multiple benefits for the skin, from a quick moisture boost to a much-needed pore clear-out.  

Essentially, a toner’s main job is to signal the end of the cleansing phase of your routine. A good toner will remove any remaining residue, make-up and impurities from the surface of the skin that your cleanser might have missed while balancing the skin’s pH level and preparing it for the application of a serum or targeted treatment. By prepping the skin, a toner is creating the perfect environment for the rest of your products to be applied to which makes it easier for their active ingredients to be absorbed.  

If you want to join #TeamToner then here are some products to get you started…

For oily, blemish-prone skin…

If your skin is more pimply than perfect, a toner that balances and slightly mattifies is ideal following your daily cleanser. The Epionce Purifying Toner combines Willow Bark and Lavender Extract to decongest problem skin post-cleanse, alongside soothing Cucumber which reduces breakout-induced redness. Just lightly mist it over the face and neck after patting the skin dry and apply a serum while your skin is still a little damp.

For dry skin…

When your skin is lacking in oil, cleansing can prove traumatic; often leaving you with a tight and slightly irritated complexion. Following your cleanser with a toner will not only provide relief, but it will ensure the skin is supple and receptive to any serum you apply after it. Try the Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner which contains Omega Fatty Acids and Hyaluronic Acid to quench skin’s thirst while softening rough patches.  

For dull, lacklustre skin…

Dullness is caused when an excess of dead cells builds up on the surface of the skin. Cleansing will remove some of these, but an exfoliating toner is your best bet to keep the cell shedding process functioning at its best. Look for AHAs, enzymes and PHAs that will loosen the bonds holding dead cells onto the surface, and make sure you choose a toner than needs to be applied with a cotton pad for maximum results. The Hydropeptide Pre-Treatment Toner gently exfoliates the surface using Lactic Acid to create a smoother, more radiant complexion over time.

For sensitive skin…

Just like dry skin, sensitive complexions can have a hard time during the cleansing phase of your routine. Look for a cooling, calming and strengthening toner to prevent any post-cleanse redness that can leave you looking flushed. The Exuviance HydraSoothe Refresh Toner is a  favourite thanks to its ultra-soothing botanical blend of Cucumber, Aloe and Chamomile that quickly nix redness before it becomes an issue.  

For all-round skin maintenance…

If you’re looking for something to do a little bit of everything, allow me to introduce you to the BABOR Thermal Toning Essence. It’s hydrating, soothing, balancing and strengthening, making it the perfect toner for anyone new to this step in their routine. Just add a few pumps to a cotton pad and wipe over the face after cleansing. 

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