Toners that are alcohol-free work to soothe, brighten, and remove any excess debris you might have missed during cleansing. Some formulas claim to help your skin better-absorb serums and moisturizers that you apply post-tone (these are usually marketed as essences), while others intend to return your skin to a normal pH level (an off-balance pH can cause acne and even premature aging). No matter what your toner claims to do, it is important to tone the skin in order to remove any unwanted bacteria from the skin throughout the day.Water-based product used as a second step after cleansing
- Removes debris your cleanser might have missed
- Replenishes, nourishes, and brightens the skin
- Can help serums and moisturizers better penetrate the skin
- Formula must be alcohol free in order to receive benefit
What does toner do?
- 1. It shrinks 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.
- 2. It restores 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.
- 3. It adds a 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.
- 4. It acts like a moisturizer.
Some toners are humectants, which means they help to bind moisture to the skin.
- 5. 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.
- 6. 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.