We all know that in order to maintain healthy-looking skin we should use a cleanser and a moisturizer every day, but the reasons for using a toner still remain a mystery to many. What’s so great about a bottle of sweet-smelling liquid? Is it really necessary? The answer is yes! Toners can benefit all skin types. Read on to find out why you should incorporate toner into your daily skincare routine.
After we cleanse our face, the fine acidic layer on our skin – the pH level – can be disrupted, making our skin more susceptible to damage and loss of elasticity. Toners work to restore and balance the natural pH level of our skin, which in turn protects it from environmental toxins, irritation and dehydration.
Try: Dr. Hauschka’s Facial Toner, $40
All you have to do is look at the cotton ball after you’ve used toner for evidence that it does a great job of removing leftover makeup and oils that your cleanser missed. By getting rid of residual dirt, you prevent nasty clogged pores from developing and unsightly blackheads from appearing. You’ll also notice your pores are smaller, which not only shields the skin but makes it look smoother and more youthful.
Try: Burt’s Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner, $15
Toners can refresh and rehydrate the skin, particularly in warm weather and after a workout. Keep a spritz bottle of toner in your gym bag, at your desk or in the fridge for an instant pick me up anytime…and remember to bring a small bottle with you the next time you travel for in-flight rejuvenation.
Try: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $28
I know what you’re thinking: “My skin is so sensitive, there’s no way I can use a toner!” Not true! Many toners these days are alcohol-free and actually calm irritated skin and diminish redness. Look for ingredients like calendula and allantoin to reduce inflammation.
Try: Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, $30
Many toners have exfoliating properties like salicylic acid or fruit acids, ingredients that are also great for controlling blemishes in oily and acne-prone skin. Exfoliating surface dead skin cells leaves your complexion looking brighter and feeling healthier.
Try: Eminence Organics Rosehip Tonique, $44
In addition to all of these great reasons, a light mist or gentle swipe of toner smells and feels delightful. There’s no doubt, I am a certified toner enthusiast and when you find the right one for your skin, you will be too!
Louise Griew is a Toronto-born makeup artist whose second home is Melbourne, Australia. Her work can be seen in national and international advertising campaigns, magazines, music videos and on TV.