A Toner can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.
Historically – estheticians would use a toner as a part of their facial protocol to remove any remaining residue after cleansing the face and neck. Toner was usually an astringent that removed any excess oil or debris left on the skin after washing. It would normally have an alcohol base and be applied with a cotton ball, doing the final cleanup step before proceeding with the facial routine.
We also know that our tap water is treated – for the most part – with chlorine. So toners can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in this very same tap water, making it an essential part of your daily skincare routine.
But what of modern toners? What should we expect from them?
In our expert opinion they should:
- help remove any residue missed during cleansing;
- help open pores, and provide carriers, to receive active ingredients from serums, and maintain the integrity of the pH mantle of your skin;
- provide additional much-needed moisture;
- soothe and calm skin, reducing any inflammation.
We just happen to have a Witch Hazel Toner that will keep your skin look clear and refreshed.
Stash one at your desk or in easy reach so you can give it a refreshing spritz throughout the day. This is especially important if you find your skin is oily after a long day at work. It would be easy to assume in this case, that your skin is on the oily side, when in fact it is your skin using your natural sebum to protect it from drying out in artificially ventilated spaces. Using a toner replaces your skin’s need to produce oil as it provides that much-needed moisture.