You've got your daily skin care routine. It usually goes something like this: wash, dry and you're done. You might throw on some lotion if your face is really dry. But little did you know, that's just not enough.
Maybe your skin still feels oily after you wash it, or you wish your skin and pores could be a little tighter. Adding a skin toner to your daily regimen might be the perfect solution.
Chances are that you've seen skin toner on the shelves at your beauty supply store, sitting next to the bottles of cleanser and moisturizer that you buy. If you're not sure what exactly skin toner does or how to choose the right one, keep reading!
First, you should know that the term "toner" is often loosely used. You might have shied away from toner in the past because you've heard of it drying out skin in some cases and moisturizing it in others. The confusion can be attributed to the fact that the toner label has been applied to a few different kinds of products. An alcohol-free toner will do you best, for all skin types really. If you have extremely dry skin, this is most ideal.
Benefits of a Toner?
- Helps to balance your pH level to encourage more of an even skin tone. For example, if you have dry patches on a particular part of your face, or a very oily section or two, a toner can help even it out after continuous usage to make your skin become more balanced.
- It removes any makeup, dirt or residue on your skin that your makeup wipes, face washes and scrubs might have left behind. Just because your face appears clear doesn't necessarily mean that it is! After usage, check out the cotton pad you used. It is likely you will find some dirt that was left behind.
- Using a toner helps to not only clean out the pores and any blackheads and dirt within it, but it helps to refine them. By removing the dirt, your pores are instantly shrunken. With continuous usage, the pores will eventually shrink and reduce the chance of more blackheads and dirt.
How do I use a toner?
- Typically, toners are a thin fluid like water. This type will require a cotton pad or cotton ball for application. After you have washed your face, saturate the cotton and cleanse all over your face evenly. This works best when your face is still a bit damp, not dried all the way.
- After you have washed your face, a toner would be used to soak in the excess water and truly hydrate your skin. Think of a toner as the final step of cleaning that ensures your skin is spotless before applying anything else. Afterwards, follow with your regular moisturizing routine and makeup if desired.
- This could depend on your skin. Typically, toners are ideal for those with oily skin with excess shine and those with several blackheads and dirt within their pores. But either way, we suggest using a toner each time you wash your face. If this feels like too much, you can also use it just in the morning or at night, or both.
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