Toners prepare your skin for the rest of your routine by supplying it with all kinds of good ingredients, moisture and clean the surface of your skin. It brings your skin back to its natural acidic state and helps your skin absorb further skincare products.
A toner is to your skin care routine like primer for your makeup routine.
It’s as thin as water, but still contains helpful ingredients like acids, glycerin, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. It prepares the skin so it’s ready to soak up all further products you apply, like serums and moisturizers.
You use it right after cleansing, ideally within 60 seconds. This helps the molecules penetrate your skin, so they can be most effective.
Toner can either be applied by putting it into your hands/fingers and then massaging it into your face, or you can put it on a cotton pad and wipe your face with it. This is usually better, since any leftover dirt is wiped away with the cotton pad.
If you have large pores look for a toner with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) like glycolic acid to remove built-up dead skin cells. AHA is the classic exfoliator to chemically clear the surface of your skin by making dead cells and debris easier to wash off.
If you have sensitive skin look for a toner with skin-calming plant-based oils like Aloe Vera. It provides relief and deep hydration for sensitive skin types.
If you have acne-prone or oily skin look for a toner with salicylic acid or witch hazel, which will sweep away excess oil without drying out your skin.
If you have dull skin look for toners with natural exfoliants like lactic acid or papaya extracts – these are great for brightening skin. Also, be sure to avoid any that have alcohol listed as one of the first five ingredients, as alcohol dries out your skin.
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