“T” is for toner
You obediently exfoliate, cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen, but your skin is still not the glowing, flawless canvas you envision when your plunking down cold, hard cash for your favorite products? The bad news is: you may be missing a step. The good news is that we have the answer: a good toner.
We know what you’re thinking — “another product to purchase and apply?!” Yes.
It seems that toner isn’t the purposeless skincare step we thought it was. Instead, it’s the final frontier in cleaning your skin, helping to remove any residue left behind by your cleanser, as well as any lingering pollution, dust, and impurities.
A toner is a water-based liquid containing any mixture of hydrating, calming, balancing, and soothing ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils. Some toners are designed to calm and soothe sensitive skin (look for ingredients like chamomile), some to hydrate (look for the inclusion of rosewater), and some can act as an anti-bacterial astringent (look for an alcohol-based toners.) The toner you choose, like all of your skincare products, should be geared towards your particular skin type.
Start with a freshly washed face and saturate two cotton pads with a skin-appropriate toner. Swipe the pads over your face, neck, and décolletage and then proceed with any serums, eye creams, and moisturizers. Do the same in the morning and you’ll reap the most benefit from your toner, and give the ingredients in your serums and moisturizers and nice clean base to cling to.
So you see — adding a toner to your daily routine, isn’t so bad after all.