We’ve all experienced that department store beauty advisor in the perfect red lipstick who tries to sell us as many products as possible when we just came for an eye shadow. She shows us every new serum and French-themed $100 face cream in the line, but we stand firm. Seriously, who has time (or the finances) for ten-step skin care? Well, she may be trying to up her paycheck (many department stores pay on commission) with that $100 cream recommendation, but there are some products that should be part of your routine, even if you’re determined to keep it simple―for instance, toner. I know a lot of women consider this a “skip it” step, but there really is a purpose to toner, no matter your skin type. It’s a myth that only those with oily skin need toners. All skin types can benefit from toners. If you have oily skin, an astringent may be more appropriate.
Although the words “astringent” and “toner” are often used interchangeably, the differences are ingredients and purpose. Just to give you a quick rundown...Astringents usually have alcohol, or as a more gentle alternative, witch hazel, in the ingredients list. They’re used to remove excess oil and dirt, while tightening pores. If you don’t have oily skin and you use astringents, you could be drying out your skin, signaling to your sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
On the other hand, toners can be used by everyone as they’re gentler and they help balance the skin’s pH levels. Here are the top three reasons to use toners:
1. Toners remove makeup traces left behind after washing your face. Some foundations don’t break down with cream cleansers, so even after you’ve washed your face, there could be a film of makeup left behind. This causes breakouts. Using a toner afterwards cleans your face without “stripping” it. Using a toner that’s formulated to work with the cleanser you’re using is a bonus. There’s little chance that the ingredients in one will cause a reaction with ingredients in the other.
2. Toners balance pH levels. When you use a cleanser that isn’t pH balanced, your skin can end up dry and scaly (too alkaline) or blistery and painful (too acidic). It’s important to level your pH to around 5.5 for soft, healthy skin. Toners can help with that balance.
3. Toners add hydration and antioxidants. Well-formulated toners with quality natural ingredients such as organic cranberry and vegetable glycerin provide extra protection and benefits to your skin and can even assist the absorption of other good ingredients.
Want a great natural toner that won’t break the bank? Try one of our natural toners! You’ll be glad you did.