Toner: The Essential in your Skincare Routine
Toner, once known as “astringent” and associated with dry, tight skin, has changed a lot. Today it is considered a crucial step in any effective skincare routine. Here's why.
What is a Toner?
A toner is a liquid skincare product that is used after cleansing but before applying moisturizers or serums. It is designed to remove any remaining make-up or cleanser residue, rebalance the skin's pH, and prepare the skin to absorb subsequent products.
Why is this Important?
Balance pH: Skin's natural pH is between 4.5 and 5.5, which is slightly acidic. However, many cleansers have an alkaline pH, which can upset the skin's pH balance and make the skin more susceptible to bacteria and infection. Toners help restore the skin's natural pH after cleansing.
Hydration: Modern toners are often formulated with moisturizing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acids or glycerides, to increase skin hydration. They help prepare the skin to better absorb moisturizers and serums applied afterwards.
Cleansing: Although toner is not a substitute for a good cleanser, it can help remove makeup or cleanser residue that can clog pores. This is especially useful for people with oily or blemish-prone skin.
How Do I Use Toner?
After cleansing your skin, apply the toner to your skin with a cotton ball or with your hands. Gently dab onto your skin and let it dry before applying your serum or moisturizer. The toners can be used morning and evening, but if you have dry or sensitive skin, it may be best to use it only at night.
In sum, toner is an important step in the skincare routine that helps maximize the benefits of other skincare products. It's a must for balanced, hydrated and radiant skin.