I’m a gal who loves simplicity. Even though I sell skincare, often I actually edit my client’s regimes so they are more streamlined and need less steps. So, its only natural that I contemplate whether we really need toners. I mean really – do we really need a toner? Unfortunately, my practical pretties, we do. And here, I’m gonna explain it to you so that you understand their function instead of just buying these extra items because someone behind a counter told you to.
To explain the reasons to tone is to look at the history of toners. Toners used to be needed to further clean the skin after the cleanser – like part two of your face wash. This is because we were often using petroleum-based cleansers that left icky residues on the surface of our skin. But since the natural beauty wave, this isn’t the case. Using a petroleum-free cleanser does not leave a residue so this action is no longer the part of the function of a toner.
Nowadays, toners are for deeply treating the skin, hydrating it, balancing its PH and to tighten our pores. They’re are incredibly beneficial for these reasons. A good toner should have specific benefits and be used as a treatment. For example, Calendula Hydrosol is a great toner for calming inflammation, whereas a toner with Rosehip water is anti-aging. Those of us who want to prevent breakouts or bacterial infection can use organic Peppermint, Immortelle or Witch Hazel hydrosols as a toner because they disinfect and purify the skin. Note: I never recommend alcohol-based toners as they are drying, stripping and irritating.
And while toners seem less important than our coveted cleansers or must-have moisturizers – they’re a good investment. You can even make your own toner out of tea or herbal infusions. Check out this fresh mint toner recipe!
Then there’s the question of “to cotton or not to cotton?”. Some people love the feeling of using a cotton pad to apply their toner – it makes them feel clean. But again, remember the use of toners today. I think that this is unnecessary to use cotton as its extra waste consumption and you also loses product in the pad itself. Because toning should be for hydration, not wiping away dirt, misting the skin or patting it into the skin is best. I like the press and release action of palming it on because it increases circulation and encourages lymphatic drainage.
But toners aren’t just good to treat specific beauty problems, they also help our skin’s absorption. When our skin tissue is moist it will absorb more easily so, as toners hydrate, they helps the skin absorb cream or lotion more deeply. Think of your complexion like a sponge. When its slightly moist it sops up liquid much easier than a dry, hardened one. Hydration begets hydration as it were. Many may think this can be done by simply applying moisturizer to a wet face. But water does not provide the PH balancing that a formulated toner does, making its less hydrating. With this, healthy skin PH (5.0-5.6) helps to fight breakouts and acne because germs don’t like and grow in acidic environments. This makes for more beautiful, balanced and clear complexions.
So, if you were unclear about the role of your toner before – I hope you’ve gotten some insight to its purposes from this post. Now when you tone after cleansing in the morning and evening – think of the wonderful care you are giving your skin and feel a wee bit of toner pride.
A How-To vid about Holistic Vanity’s Immortelle Toner