Skin toner is one of the most perplexing and enigmatic items in today’s skin care repertoire; many people are unsure of its purpose and whether to use it. Originally, toners were designed to fight acne; the classic formulations contained mostly alcohol, resulting in overly dry skin. With time, toners have diversified, and there is currently one formulated for every skin type. Although using a skin toner today is not considered crucial, there are several advantages to its use. Toners are an effective way to benefit your skin without adding a lot of time to your current routine.
Should I Bother?
While toners are not an essential part of the contemporary skincare regimen, they have multiple merits when used as part of a daily skincare routine. Benefits of using a facial toner include:
- Removal of trace amounts of dirt, oil, dead skin, and residual facial cleanser.
- Balanced skin pH; toners help to return the skin to a lower (acidic) pH after cleansing.
- Acne control.
- Enhanced penetration of subsequent skincare products into the skin when applied prior to their use.
So, there is really no reason not to use a toner.
How to Use Toner
Toners should preferably be used immediately after washing your face, when the skin has been wet, so that it’s more easily absorbed by the skin. Using toner immediately after washing your face facilitates removal of debris and residual cleanser.
Toner can be applied to a cotton round (pad) until it is damp and then gently applied to the skin of the face. The cotton pad is then swept across the skin from the center to the outside of the face until the pad is clean. There is no need to rinse your face after using a toner.