The use of toner in skincare is still a hotly discussed topic. Some swear by it, while others avoid it.
Much of the polarisation can be traced back to the harsh, alcohol-based solutions you may have used in the 1990s and early 2000s. Although that type of toner can irritate and dry out your skin, the best toners on the market nowadays are gentler and designed for all skin types.
When you find the right recipe for you, toner can be a handy and helpful product to have in your beauty regimen. So, to assist you in deciding whether this necessarily deserves a space in your regimen, we’ve put up this guide.
We’ll explain what toner is and how to apply it correctly.
What is toner?
Toner is a catch-all phrase for any skincare product having a water-like consistency. It is also known by other names, such as tonic, essence, or exfoliating acid.
The term “toner” can apply to various products that provide multiple functions for your skin. Some toners exfoliate the skin, some remove makeup, and others balance out the skin tone. And others accomplish all of the above.
Toning is more than merely correcting pH levels. It could also be the secret sauce your routine requires to finally obtain the results you’ve been looking for. Continue reading to find out what this skincare must-have can do for you.
What can toner do for your skin?
Still unsure about what toner can do for you? Here are a few of the most significant advantages of the product:
- It can target specific skin concerns.
Like the best serums, toners are frequently loaded with a specialised collection of active ingredients to address specific skin conditions. Depending on the recipe, you can use a facial toner to brighten, hydrate, or decrease the appearance of pores.
- It’s great for acne-prone skin.
Toners are frequently really useful when it comes to preventing outbreaks. Toners with substances like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help fight acne-causing bacteria and mildly exfoliate, which can be helpful for some skin disorders like acne.
- It can remove extra dirt and grime.
Even when you believe your favourite cleanser has eliminated all traces of filth, grime, and makeup, a tiny bit remains. Toners are excellent for eliminating any lingering impurities and providing additional benefits to your skin.
How to use a toner to get the most out of it?
- Apply it after the cleanser.
Due to its water-like viscosity, toner should be used soon after cleansing and before serums, moisturisers, and oils. It would be best if you always used a toner right after cleansing. A good rule of thumb is to apply skincare products from lightest to heaviest (except SPF, which always comes last).
- Adjust the frequency depending on the ingredients.
You can probably use a gentle toner that concentrates on hydration daily. However, suppose your toner contains more potent active ingredients, such as AHAs or BHAs. In that case, you shouldn’t apply it more than a couple of times weekly. Check the product’s instructions for more specific instructions on how often to use it.
- Use a cotton pad.
In general, using a clean cotton pad or cotton ball (extra points if you use clean reusable cotton pads!) is the best way to apply toner. Soak the pad or ball in toner and gently wipe it across your face, starting from your T-zone and working your way out. Always start small and build up as needed—with toners, a little goes a long way.
- If you have sensitive skin, dilute the toner with water.
If your skin is sensitive or the toner is too powerful, soak the cotton pad in water first. Then, use a small amount of toner to dilute the solution. As your skin adjusts to the mixture, you may gradually phase out the water until you’re applying the toner directly onto a dry cotton pad.
- Look for alcohol-free formulas.
When looking for the perfect toner, make sure to examine the ingredient list to ensure it’s alcohol-free. Alcohol is always drying to the skin. It’s the last thing you want. It damages and disturbs the skin’s natural barrier, making it more susceptible to redness and irritation, as well as chemical, environmental allergens and irritants. AVOID ALCOHOL-BASED TONERS.
Is toner safe for my face even if I do hair removal?
If you recently had laser hair removal, choose a toner that does not contain alcohol, Vitamin C, or retinol. These compounds are not suggested post-treatment.
Because toners can make the skin drier, those with sensitive skin may have an adverse reaction to using them alongside laser treatments or waxing.
Any better alternatives? Toners containing witch hazel are usually safe to use after getting waxed or laser hair removal because it is a calming element.
Finally, before using any new toner, make sure to test it on a small part of your skin to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the product.