We’ve all heard of facial toner, we know every beauty blogger and celebrity swears by its magic! However, its exact use remains a mystery, even to some of us who use it! Toner is the step after cleansing in most skincare routines, but what does it actually do?
Well, today we are going to answer that question! Here are seven reasons why toner should be a part of your skincare routine. Read on to find out if it’s the one thing you’re missing…
1. Provides Many Possibilities
Depending on the different ingredients added to your toner, there are many wonderful benefits in addition to the ones below.
For example, you can use a rose water face toner that, in addition to providing all of the following toning features, contains rose essential oil. This means that it will also reduce any redness in the skin and provide relaxing, aroma-therapeutic effects, so it would be a great addition to your night-time routine.
2. Cleanses the Skin
So we use a cleanser every night or a makeup remover to get rid of the grime, makeup and to make sure our pores are clean. However, any of us who have cleaned a full face of makeup know that there’s so much product still left even once you’re done cleansing and washing your face.
This is where toner comes in. Primarily, using a toner is an extra cleaning step after using a cleanser to ensure that absolutely all of your makeup and excess oils are removed. It’s a great idea for those who love wearing makeup frequently, or even those who do makeup just for special occasions, since those always require extra layers of makeup!
If you do not use a toner, any oils that weren’t removed by your cleanser will be left to clog your pores and cause breakouts. If you struggle with acne-prone skin, or you just want your face to feel squeaky clean, try adding a toner to your routine.
3. Shrinks Pores
Another huge benefit of adding toner to your routine is that it gives the appearance of smaller pores, which makes the skin look smoother. If you struggle with skin texture, toner could be the one thing missing to make your skin look flawless.
Having smaller pores also means that it will be much harder for debris and germs to penetrate your skin, causing it to be far less vulnerable to blackheads and acne.
4. Adds a Layer of Protection
Adding a toner to your skincare routine is a must if you live in a town or city with lots of pollution. If your skin is exposed to pollutants in the environment on a daily basis, it can heighten all types of irritation as well as quicken the skin’s aging process.
However, using toner in the morning will add a layer of protection and keep your skin safe.
5. Balances pH Levels
Your skin’s pH balance can be thrown off when you use cleansers and other products on your face. Cleansers, though necessary, tend to strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness.
Using a toner restores your skin’s pH balance so that it does not produce too much or too little oil, preventing oiliness and dryness. If you suffer from either of these, using a toner could just solve all your skin problems!
6. Moisturizes the Skin
Many toners also have moisturizing qualities to help your skin feel moist and prevent dryness. Using a moisturizing toner rather than a moisturizing cream can be a great solution for those with an oily skin type, as it is much less heavy.
The moisturizing qualities of toner make it a great two-in-one item for when you’re in a rush, as it can act like a cleanser and a moisturizer.
7. Soothes and Heals
Not only do some toners moisturize the skin, but they also soothe and even heal it. If your toner contains aloe vera, you will also benefit from its nourishing qualities that have been used for healing wounds for thousands of years.
If your skin is often irritated or you suffer from acne, a soothing toner can help excoriated (picked or scratched) acne heal faster and improve the look of the skin.
If you’ve been wondering what toner actually does and whether it is worth adding to your skincare regimen, we hope this article gave you some insight into the many beneficial qualities of facial toners!
About the author:
Jessica Peters is a freelance writer from Melbourne who blogs about health and beauty. Jessica is an avid traveler and regularly crosses the globe to learn about other cultures while blogging from her laptop.