Hmm. Should I use a facial toner, or shouldn’t I? It’s one of those steps in the skincare regimen where you question the necessity of it. With all the other steps that you are already doing, adding another routine just seems too much. Some may feel that it’s an absolute must, and others may think it’s a waste of time. Let’s go over some details to see if it’s right for you.
What Is A Toner?
Facial toner is an in-between step that is after your face wash but before moisturizing. It gives the skin an extra cleansing by removing any residue of dirt, makeup, or oil. Toners also tighten pores and balances the skin’s pH. Many of the toners nowadays are infused with skin soothing ingredients to refresh the skin. Keep in mind that a toner is different from an astringent. Astringents typically contain alcohol, which is ideal for controlling oil in acne-prone skin.
Benefits of Skin Toner
It use to be that toners were formulated for oily skin. Now, some toners provide all different types of benefits such as hydrating, soothing, bacteria-fighting, calming inflammation, and even anti-aging. Below are some ingredients you should look for in a toner, depending on what your needs are.
Hydration - Rosewater, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Hyaluronic Acid
Soothing - Chamomile
Bacteria and Oily - Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic, Charcoal
Inflammation and Redness - Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Mint
Anti-Aging - Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Resveratrol