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