What are toners?
A toner is a skin care product, usually water-based, that’s meant to shrink the appearance of large pores and further cleanse the skin, picking up any makeup or debris that may have been left behind. Regular use of a toner can help prevent wrinkles (slowing down aging process), tighten pores and add a wonderful glow to the skin.
Toners are designed to help restore skin’s pH balance, due to the cleansing of the skin with bar soaps and harsh cleansers which disrupts the skin’s PH balance, leaving the skin more vulnerable to bacteria and other microorganisms. Many cleansers available in supermarkets still alter the skin’s pH. Over time, disrupting pH could lead to inflammation, dryness, and accelerated aging.
If you wash your face with a balanced, organic cleanser, your toner might not need the pH-balancing properties of toners. The truth is that different toners have slightly different benefits (and some can actually be bad for skin). So it all depends on your skin type and the toner that you use.
Five reasons why you need to add a facial toner in your beauty routine
1. Cleansing effect
They remove residue from the facial wash or foam that you used for the first step of your routine. Likewise, toners remove other remaining dirt on the skin’s surface.
Minimize the appearance of large pores
Most toners contain a cleansing ingredient, which helps to minimize the appearance of pores, giving skin a smoother appearance. It’s important to be cautious in which one you choose, though. What you need is an ingredient that minimizes the look of pores without drying.
Facial toners provide hydration to your skin, which is very important in maintaining elasticity, smoothness, moisture and a more youthful appearance. Proper skin hydration reduces the signs of aging skin and provides an effective base for the application of facial cosmetics. Many facial toners also provide vitamins for the skin
Restores the skin’s PH
If you use a bar of soap or foaming face wash that might dry out the skin due to their low PH balance, a toner will help counteract the dryness that occurs. They restore your skin to its normal pH, which should be slightly acidic. Balanced pH leads to less reactive skin – not as sensitive and produces less oil.
They also thoroughly prepare your skin for the next step of your routine. Toners make your skin more receptive to the serums and emulsions because they are properly balanced.