Face or skin toners are water-like substances packed with skin-loving nutrients like antioxidants, glycerine, and anti-inflammatory agents. This helps repair, revive, and rejuvenate your skin.
A toner is applied right after cleanser and before applying moisturiser, serums, and face oils. Toners act like a catalyst and ensure that the skincare products you apply next penetrate your skin deeply and deliver maximum benefits.
A toner can be applied very easily. Simply soak a cotton pad with your toner, and apply it to your face and neck. Or, you can put a few drops of toner on your palms and gently press them into your face and neck.
It is important to adjust the usage of toner based on the ingredients. If you choose a gentle toner for hydration, then you use it daily. But if you use a strong toner with ingredients like AHA or BHA, then you should use it only once or twice a week.
Whether you have sensitive skin or the toner is strong, soak your cotton pad in water first and then apply a bit of toner to the cotton pad for dilution.
While choosing a toner, read the label clearly and choose an alcohol-free toner, as it can dry out your skin. It can disrupt your skin’s natural barrier, making it more prone to irritation, redness, and environmental stressors.
Different types of toners are available for different skin types. Most of them use active ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) and antioxidants.
Toner helps to balance your skin's pH levels, which can be disrupted by harsh cleansers and environmental factors. Balanced pH levels help you prevent skin irritation and breakouts.
Toner removes any remaining impurities or the last bit of makeup from your skin after cleansing. This can help keep your pores unclogged and prevent breakouts.
Some toners contain ingredients that help shrink the appearance of pores, creating a smoother and brighter complexion.
Toners are best for oily skin and acne-prone skin. Ingredients like glycolic acid or salicylic acid help remove excess oil from your skin, reduce shine and leave a beautiful matte texture.
Toner forms a protective barrier to prevent environmental damage like dirt, dust, and pollution from getting into your skin. Additionally, they can also prevent damage to your skin due to the presence of chlorine or other minerals in the water.
Toners that contain antioxidants such as green tea, chamomile, and aloe vera can help calm and soothe your skin, reducing inflammation and redness.
Toners that contain hyaluronic acid and glycerin can help hydrate your skin, leaving it plump, smooth, and brighter.
Toners help to enhance the absorption of other skincare products such as serums and moisturisers, making them more effective and beneficial for your skin.