Unveiling the Mystery of Toner

moisturise-me-1424465-1279x1062Shoppers have become especially consumer-cautious in this day and age- especially for beauty products.  You read all sorts of promises on bottles and products, and a lot of them always remain unfulfilled.  A lot of women have started to really etch the question out for one product in particular as it seems to be the mystery that’s linger for years – toner.

What is Toner? Toner is a product in the cosmetic department that levels out the pH levels in your skin. What this means is it helps restore moisture equally to all parts of your face. Why would you need this? After you cleanse your face, you might unseeingly strip your face of all essential natural oils, all in which can dry your skin out and cause a difference in pH.   Toners can be labeled as refreshers or astringents as well.  

Should I Use Toner? Toner started out in the market as a liquid astringent product for those with acne- usually teenagers.  As you can imagine, the same market goes. Generally, if you have oily skin or pores that stubbornly stay clogged.  Now, there’s toners formulated for sensitive skin, ones that exfoliate, and ones that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients and ones that contain brightening agents for luminous skin. Just be aware that the traditional toner with no added specialization may not be formulated for your skin type.  It’s safe to assume that any toner without any added specialization is formulated for oily skin and may dry out your skin if you have dry or sensitive skin.  To apply toner, you want to use it after you have cleansed your skin and patted dry. You want to apply only in the morning and use a cotton ball for application.  For an extra boost of refreshment, keep your toner in the fridge before application for the ultimate morning pick-me-up.

Examining the Different Types of Toner

  1. Astringents.  This is mostly for acne-prone and oily skin.  Anyone would sensitive or dry skin should avoid this because it would deteriorate the mechanism your skin uses to build up collagen and repair itself over time.
  2. Fresheners or Clarifiers.  These are usually glycerin or glycol-based formulas with additive fragrant extracts like rose water, common citrus fruits or aloe Vera. These are good to soften skin and prep for application for makeup.
  3. Water-based toners.  Generally, these are more moisturizing and can help tighten pores all while removing dire and oil and leaving your skin matte and ready for your heavier duty moisturizers or creams.   

Different types of toners may work better for some women than for others. Try testing with a toner that matches up best for you based on the description; if it doesn’t work with your skin try the next most likely on the list.