I started using toners ever since I was 16 years old. I never knew why and what the benefits were- all I knew was it made my skin feel and look at tad bit better afterwards so it couldn’t be bad. Little did I know that there were different ingredients, that worked with different skin conditions and skin types but with more knowledge I am more aware of the type of toner to use and when to use it.
WHAT IS A TONER
Toners are products that are generally meant to regulate sebum production and hydrate the skins surface
BENEFITS OF TONERS
Toners, astringent, tonics and fresheners are the same type of product and sometimes the terms are used Interchangeably
Toners are usually the second product used after cleansing or exfoliation and it is used to remove excess residue or dirt left on the skin.
Astringent usually leaves a tightening effect on the skin.
Fresheners restores the skins pH balance after cleansing and leaves the skin hydrated
There are other products used as toners that target specific skin conditions for example acne you may use a toner with salicylic acid content.
TYPES OF TONERS
Fresheners or lotions have the lowest alcohol content and work best with dry and sensitive skin
Toners usually have a higher alcohol content and are designed for use on combination skin.
Astringent have the highest alcohol content and they are recommended for Oily and acne prone skin. They help remove excess oil on the skin but some of these products are too drying and should be used with caution.
HOW TO USE TONERS
The most common way to use toners is to apply on cotton pad and sweep gently across your face after cleansing your skin but there are some toners that could be sprayed on or tapped into the skin. This step is usually followed by treatment and finally moisturizer.