Many of us either skip face toner during our everyday skincare routine or tone sporadically because we generally think toning is not that important.
But news flash, whether you’re young or older, have fabulous skin or not, toning is very beneficial, not only to our skin regime but to our overall beauty routine. If you’re looking to achieve the look of flawless skin (and who isn’t!!), daily use of toner will put you on the right path.
According to New York City Dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, “the secret weapon to having healthy skin is face toner.” But picking the right toner is just as important as toning the skin, so make sure you choose the right toner for your skin type.
Oily skin needs a toner that mattifies and balances your skin’s natural oils. For dryer skin, select a toner with ingredients like aloe, rose, or hyaluronic acid, which soothe and add moisture to the skin. Sensitive skin types need to avoid alcohol-based toners and instead select toners that include natural ingredients that soothe and calm the skin. Okay, so we know that we need to tone, but what exactly does toning do?
Why You Need to Add Face Toner to Your Skin Routine!
Toner unclogs your pores and helps to get rid of any left-over impurities that might remain after washing your face. Toner can make your pores appear smaller and, over time and with continued use, can shrink pore size for smoother oil and dirt-free skin.
It also diminishes the look of textured skin and gives your skin a smooth finish whether you’re opting to wear makeup or not.
Toner also helps to maintain a healthy pH level for your skin. “Potential Hydrogen” or pH refers to the acid-basic level of your skin using a scale of 0 to 14.
The lower the number, the more acidic your level is, and a higher number means a more alkaline level. A balanced pH level is necessary for healthy skin. The ideal pH level for skin is between 5 and 6. Irritated, itchy, problem skin can be an indicator that your normal pH balance is off.
This often happens from using the wrong cleaners and stripping the skin of its natural protective barriers. Using the right toner after cleansing can help balance and restore your skin’s natural pH.
Using toner offers a protective barrier to the skin. The skin’s barrier is made up of sebum, lactic and amino acids, all of which are needed to keep out germs and protect the skin from harmful UV rays and environmental pollutants. When you use to wash your face, not only are you are putting different minerals and chlorine on your skin from the water, but you’re also stripping away the essential protective barriers.
Toner can help remove the harmful substances and any impurities and help maintain the skin’s protective barrier. Think of toner as your skin’s private little shield.
Toners can restore lost moisture to the skin. Cleansing products that we use to wash our face can strip away moisture from our skin. We’ve all had the uncomfortable tightness to our skin after cleansing; well, this is an indicator of lost moisture. Using a toner after cleansing your face can add the moisture back. (Granted, as noted earlier, toners have different functions, and not everyone needs a toner to add moisture.)
Last but not least, toner is an incredible way to refresh the skin. When you need an effective way to give your skin a quick mid-day pick-me-up, or you don’t have time to wash your face and reapply a full face of make-up, toner can quickly wipe away the build-up of oil and makeup and plump up tired skin to give you a fresh-faced glow. So, whether it’s after the gym or getting ready for after-work dinner or drinks, toner can have you fresh-faced in a flash!