What is a Toner?
In the beauty world, there are certain steps in skin care routines that are almost mandatory, toning is one of them. I would even go as far as saying a routine is incomplete sans toning. But, that varies based on skin type and needs. So, what is a toner? A toner is a product that is designed to completely remove everything your cleanser missed, restore your skin’s pH, hydrate, and tighten and clear pores. Different toners serve different purposes. There are hydrating toners, pore clearing toners, exfoliating toners, brightening toners, and calming toners. The toner you should use solely depends on your skin type and concerns.
What Toner Should I Use?
Oily/Combination Skin: Use a toner that will unclog your pores. Toners that contain ingredients such as salicylic acid (BHA) or willow bark extract (BHA) will all help keep your pores clear and gradually reduce the excess oil your skin produces.
Toners for Oily/Combination Skin
Dry/Normal Skin: With dry skin, every step of your routine should include a hydrating product. Your toner should be very gentle (at least) and preferably hydrating. Look for ingredients such as rose water, hyaluronic acid, butylene glycol (humectant), and glycerin (humectant). If you have normal skin, your main focus should be to maintain and prevent. Toners for dry skin will maintain your skin’s lipid barrier to help it remain normal.