Toners have been increasingly misunderstood in recent years. Some experts believe that toning needs to be done religiously every day. On the contrary, some rule them out as unnecessary chores and chuck them out of the window.
Toning: Back Then
Traditionally, toning served as a bridge between cleansing and moisturizing. Facial soaps often contained overly harsh ingredients, causing the skin to be stripped of its essential oils. Toning helped to eliminate the leftover impurities and balanced the skin’s pH. This gave a thorough cleanse, resulting in the smaller appearance of pores and deeper penetration of skin products.
However, with modern well-formulated cleansers, many argue that toning is no longer necessary for your skin. To some extent, we agree. Giving toning a skip for a few days will not lead to immediately devastating effects. Therefore, instead of remaining as a post-cleansing ritual, toners took on a new role. Now, they don’t just give skin a final cleanse, but offers other skincare benefits. They now contain even more ingredients (e.g. antioxidants, vitamins, etc.) for even more benefits for your skin, e.g. brightening and hydration. Why say no to that?
Toning: I’ll Still Stand By You
While toners are not must-haves, they are definitely good to have. With that said, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of having a good toner. A poor toner is worse than having no toner at all. Therefore, for best results, invest in a good one that is suitable for your skin.
What makes a good toner?
Avoid all alcohol-based toners. A good toner should never dry your skin. Alcohol breaks down the skin’s natural barrier, making it vulnerable to external aggressors. This could irritate your skin and lead to dryness or excess sebum production.
Rather, look out for water-based toners infused with Aloe Vera, Sodium Hyaluronate or rosewater for soothing and rejuvenating effects. Ingredients such as Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil can help fight off blemishes and acne, bringing clearer skin. For anti-aging and exfoliating purposes, pick toners with mild levels of Glycolic Acid, AHAs and BHAs.
Other than making sure you choose a right toner, it’s important to apply it properly as well.
How do you tone?
How you apply the toner depends on why you are doing it.
For Cleansing: Use a cotton pad to lightly sweep away the impurities.
For Nourishment: Use clean hands to gently pat the toner into your skin. You wouldn’t want to waste all that goodness in a cotton pad.
After toning, let it dry for a minute before moving on to moisturizing.
- Clears residual impurities
- Anti-Ageing (protects against free radicals)
- Accelerates collagen and elastin production
- Rejuvenates and refreshes
- Visibly reduces pore size
- Exfoliates dead skin cells
- Hydrates, tones and brightens skin
Other products in our toner range include the Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion that is infused with hydrating rose extracts — also the best travel or office companion you will ever need.
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