A clear formula for GETTING THE TONE RIGHT
Toner is an element of skincare that has been much maligned in recent years. As we all jumped on the serum wagon, we forgot about the simple toning lotion that once was very much part of how we treated our skin after cleansing, preparing it for a layer of moisturiser. So why have we lost touch with toning? My guess is that the popularity of make-up wipes superseded proper cleansing, and using a cleanser followed by toner became a chore. Add to that the general perception that toners are solely for oily skin and spots, then anyone bar teenagers would give them a wide berth.
But why exactly should we use toner? Starting with products for oilier skins that break out, astringent toners are water-based liquids that may contain alcohol and often have antiseptic qualities that help deep-clean the pores and help prevent spots and blackheads.
Toners for drier skins are also water-based but their function is entirely different. Yes, they will remove impurities — any remaining make-up or cleansing lotion, or, if you use a wash, a toner will remove chlorine deposits left on the skin from the tap water. But that’s not all: toners can help with a number of skin concerns and will bolster the effects of your entire routine. Because they are water-based, applying them to a freshly cleaned face lets them penetrate the skin’s upper layers instantly. Toners for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skins have high levels of humectants such as glycerine, rose water or aloe vera that attract and retain water in the skin, keeping it comforted.
Also in today’s more sophisticated toners, you will find other beneficial ingredients that will address particular skin concerns. Dullness, ageing, redness and sensitivity are just some of the issues that can be helped by using the right toner as part of a thorough regime that works synergistically. If you have a serum in your daily routine already, toner should be used beforehand, right after cleansing.
Sounds too time-consuming? Well, if you’re are a devotee of wipes but are constantly fighting dehydration, shine or irritation, perhaps it’s time to go old school and get into a cleanseand-tone routine for the sake of your skin!