4 Reasons You Should Add Face Toner To Your Beauty Routine
Sometimes, the absence of one product can throw your skincare routine off balance. In fact, in some cases, this missing product might be the missing remedy to acne and other skin problems you might be facing. Toners are essential skincare products that are more often than not left out of the skincare regimen of many people.
Facial Toners are the middle man in any skincare routine. That is, it is the in-between after washing your face and before applying serum or moisturiser. It is a secret skincare weapon that many people fail to use simply because they don’t understand exactly what it does.
Facial Toners are water-based liquid forms infused with skin-soothing ingredients like eucalyptus, peppermint and aloe. They help refresh the skin without stripping off its natural moisture. Face toners also prepare the skin to absorb post-cleansing moisturisers and other skin treatments you apply. Here are 6 reasons why you should add face toners to your beauty routine.
It returns the skin PH balance
Naturally, the human skin is acidic with a pH level between five and six (on a scale of 0-14). The alkaline nature of soap, pollution and makeup can throw the skin’s pH level off balance. In this case, the skin begins to work overtime to restore its normal levels which cause dryness. It also produces more oil which brings about acne and other skin problems.
This is where facial toners come in. Facial toners help return the skin’s pH balance quickly, skipping the long process it would take your skin to restore its pH balance. Facial toners mimic the skin’s natural pH and when applied, the skin begins to maintain its balanced state.
It hydrates the skin
Some facial toners contain hydrating ingredients which keep the skin hydrated. These toners are necessary after cleansing to prep the skin before applying moisturisers.
It is essential that the skin not be dry and tight after cleansing as this would prevent the skin from getting all the benefits from moisturisers.
It removes exess oil
Toners remove excess oil which clogs up the skin’s pores and causes blackheads. Toners with glycolic acid or salicylic acid cut down oil and shine, keeping your skin looking great.
Facial toners help keep your skin clean, and your pores unclogged. They can also be used for a quick wash of the skin when it is oily or dirty, keeping it revitalised at all times.
It protects the skin
During the day, the skin is prone to assault from environmental stressors: dust, dirt, makeup and other pollutants. Toners, in this case, help close the skin’s pores after cleaning reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.
Toners can also be used on other parts of the body. It can be used for cleansing and removing excess oil from breakout spots like your cheat, back, neck and shoulders. Thus, offering full-body protection against the elements.
Astringents are formulated with solvent alcohol which differentiates it from toners as there are alcohol-free toners which is milder on the skin. When choosing a toner, opt for alcohol-free face toners then consider your skin type before selecting the other ingredients.
For acne-prone skin, choose an alcohol-free toner with alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) which would prevent the skin from flaking while it is clean and glowing. For dull skin, toners with natural exfoliants like papaya extracts and lactic acid would brighten the skin.
For sensitive skin, toners with ‘skin-calming’ botanicals are your best bet as they provide relief and deep hydration for sensitive skin types. Toners with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients such as rose water and hyaluronic acid are the best fit for mature skin types.
Toners should be used twice daily; morning and night. Soak a cotton pad with a toner and swipe it over your entire face, neck and chest. You can also put a few drops of toner on ou palms and then press them onto your face. Use a toner after washing your face before using a serum or moisturiser.