BEAUTY

PUSHED ASIDE BY SEXIER SKINCARE OPTIONS IN RE­CENT YEARS, THE TRUSTY TONER IS COM­ING BACK

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents -

Next-gen­er­a­tion ton­ers, plus in­no­va­tive new foun­da­tions.

Usurped by serums and de­nounced by der­ma­tol­o­gists as pho­to­copiers, tra­di­tional ton­ers slipped away qui­etly to the beauty wilder­ness in re­cent years.

But just as wine lips and winged liner have been rein­ter­preted for the times, toner is back on beauty coun­ters – with a mod­ern makeover. “Ton­ers aren’t what they used to be – as­trin­gent,” says Tilly Bar­nett, ex­pert fa­cial­ist and owner of Syd­ney’s No.13 The Beauty Av­enue.

Tra­di­tion­ally used to bal­ance the skin’s ph, mod­ern ton­ers now do so much more. “There are still as­trin­gent options for oily skins, but also hy­drat­ing, re­fin­ing and calm­ing ton­ers made with spe­cific ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, such as plant ex­tracts and es­sen­tial oils,” Bar­nett says.

How to use next-gen ton­ers? Let them take their right­ful place at the cen­tre of your skincare reg­i­men. Af­ter cleans­ing, ap­ply toner to re­move any ex­cess make-up and pre­pare your skin for treat­ment serums and mois­turiser.

“Think of [your skin] as a dry sponge as op­posed to a damp sponge,” sug­gests Bar­nett. “A damp sponge ab­sorbs so much more.”

(from far left) ESTÉE LAUDER Nutri­tious Mi­cro-al­gae Pore Min­i­miz­ing Shake Tonic, $40, es­tee­lauder.com.au; SUN­DAY

RILEY Mar­tian Mat­ti­fy­ing Melt­ing Water-gel Toner, $80, mecca.com.au;

CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir, $76, sephora. com.au; MARIO BADESCU Fa­cial Spray with Aloe, Cu­cum­ber and Green Tea, $9, mecca.com.au; MIZON AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner, $23, mecca.com.au

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