Our skincare routine is coming along nicely and by now you should be feeling the benefits of your buildable routine. If you have missed any weeks you can find all of the articles for the Buildable Skincare Routine series in our Wellness and Self-Care section. This week we are going to be adding a toner. It used to be that we just had a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Although, I never really understood what a toner was for until much later in life.
What is a Toner?
A toner has a couple of jobs. Initially it acts as an extra cleanser, cleaning away bits that may have been missed. It is also a great for adding a little moisture to your skin after the cleansing process. Absorbing very quickly into the skin, it gives a boost to hydration. It also helps prepare the skin for the next stage in the routine.
The Benefit of a Toner in Skincare
Aside from the extra cleaning duties and hydration boost, a toner benefits your skin in a few ways.
Toners are fantastic at absorbing oils that aren’t needed on the skin. So, whilst it is removing the grime that might have been missed by your cleanser, it soaks up those oils and removes them leaving skin clearer and refreshed.
The hit of hydration, oil removal and cleaning mean that the toner improves the skins barrier, boosting protection and aiding preparation for the products you add afterward. This improves your overall skin tone and complexion, leaving it brighter.
Much like any product that you apply to your skin, this is a task only you can find the answer to. With so many products on the market it can be confusing. What you need to look for is a toner that suits your skin type.
- Dry or sensitive skin would benefit greatly from a milky toner that boosts hydration even more and helps reduce the signs of wrinkles. You want to avoid toners with alcohol or acids in the ingredients too.
- Oily skin you need to ensure you are avoiding those toners that utilise oils. Most toners will be suitable for oily skin, since one of its jobs is to remove oil.
- Combination skin would benefit most from ingredients such as lactic acid or even salicylic acid.
Where does a Toner Fit in the Skincare Routine?
Toners complete the cleansing process, so make sure to add your toner after cleansing the skin. It should be used for adding moisturisers and serum too!
If you are still unsure as to which toner to try, you could have a go at making your own one. A few weeks ago we made a Cucumber and Aloe Toner, which not only smells amazing but feels great.