You don't need to pile on extra makeup to mask acne and oil problems. Instead, use a gentle, soothing toner to unclog pores by removing oil and traces of dirt and grime.
Do you really need a skin toner?
A toner is a liquid that's meant to remove whatever's left of makeup, dirt, and oil after cleansing. In the past (circa '90s), they were geared toward curbing oiliness, and fighting blemishes in the process. However, they were a little too good at diminishing oil, and they gained reputations as being very astringent and drying.
Nowadays, toners are more sophisticated. Many are alcohol-free, so not as drying. Every formula is different and may contain moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or exfoliating ingredients.
One of the virtues of toner is that it can minimize the appearance of pores. It also balances the skin's pH levels, restoring an acidic state so that skin is purified and better able to absorb moisture and other beneficial ingredients from serums and creams applied after.
Toner goes on after cleansing and exfoliating—day or night, or both. It's best to use it when skin is still a little damp so it absorbs better. Traditionally, toner is applied by sweeping it on with a cotton pad. But some people like to pat it on like a serum, which works, too.
Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen. That's not all toner can do. Here are some additional benefits.
Toners shrink pores
Applying a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball or pad and gently blotting and wiping your face with it will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores.
Your toner will restore your skin's pH balance - our skin is naturally acidic, typically with a pH balance of between five and six (on a scale from 0 to 14). But that balance can get out of whack after cleansing due to the alkaline nature of soap. When this happens, your skin needs to work overtime to return to its normal levels (and that may result in oil), but using a toner can help restore this balance quickly.
An extra layer of protection - toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.
It acts like a moisturiser - some toners are humectants, which means they help to bind moisture to the skin.
It refreshes skin - toner can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when it's oily or dirty. It will leave your skin revitalized even when you're on the go.
It can prevent ingrown hairs - toners containing glycolic acid or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs, so it also aids in grooming.
Try: Vitamin Toner Pore Refining Mist to expertly refine the appearance of pores with this pH-balancing toner for a brighter, smoother complexion. Offering instant hydration with a subtly refreshing scent, this light and breezy mist is a must-have addition to your daily skincare routine. And if you have sensitive skin, opt for the unscented version of this skincare staple.
The good stuff inside:
Aloe Vera Juice - Soothes, cools and refreshes skin, while helping to reduce redness.
Cranberry Seed Extract - Bursting with omega 3, it acts as an all-round skin conditioner that helps refine the appearance of pores.
Mineral Sulfur - Innovative beauty mineral MSM works to support healthy skin renewal.
Full list of ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Probiotic Ferment, Betaine Amino Acid, MSM (Mineral Sulfur), Sodium PCA, Plant Derived Humectant, Plant Glycerin, Avocado Oil, Cucumber Water, Vitamin B5, Polylysine Peptide, Vegetable Oil, Olive Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Lecithin, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Radish Seed Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Maize Derived Polyhydroxy Acid, Vitamin E, Cranberry Extract, Rose Flower Extract
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