Have you ever wondered if toner is a necessary step in your daily skincare routine? And if so, what’s the best skin toner for you?
WHY:Â Here are a few reasons to incorporate a toner into your daily skincare routine.
- Additional Rinseâ€”Toner is like the â€śadditional rinseâ€ť cycle on a washing machine. Using a toner can capture any dirt, oils and dead cells that your cleanser missed and properly prep the skin for moisturizer.
- pH Balanceâ€”The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 (7 is neutral. 1-6.9 is acidic. 7.1-14 is alkaline).Â Our skin is most comfortable and able to fight off bacteria at a pH level between 4.0 and 6.0. Cleansers typically have a pH level between 6.5 and 8.0 which helps it cut through oil and dirt, but can strip the skin of moisture and leave your with a skin high in alkaline. Toner can assist the skin in getting back to a comfortable pH level.
- Dry skin? â€”After cleansing, your skin is left with a high pH level and will have to work at restoring the pH balance. Applying moisturizer directly after cleansing may limit the skinâ€™s ability to absorb the moisturizer because itâ€™s preoccupied in restoring the pH balance. By using toner and restoring the pH balance before applying moistureâ€¦ your skin will be ready to concentrate on absorbing the moisturizer!
- Blackheads or Oily skin?â€”Do you have oily skin or blackheads around the nose? If so, I would absolutely recommend the use of toners. Oil on the skin can oxidize and turn black when the pH balance of your skin is off. Pores are generally larger around the nose, so the oxidized black oils get trapped in the pores and youâ€™re left with blackheads. Toners will help thoroughly clean your pores and help with minimizing blackheads!
HOW: Hereâ€™s the best way to apply toner.
1.Â Cleanse faceÂ and lightly pat dry.
2. Apply toner onto slightly damp face. The method of application really depends on why youâ€™re using the toner!
- Cleansing purpose: Use with a cotton pad so that you can wipe away the impurities.
- Restoring pH balance or moisture: Use your (clean) hands to press/pat the toner into your skin. Of course, a cotton pad can still be used, but itâ€™s not necessary for this purpose.
- Minimize blackheads: Use with a cotton pad. You want to be able to wipe away the impurities as well as the oil thatâ€™s trapped in your pores.
- More than 1 reason for using tonerâ€¦ use a cotton pad.
3) Next comes serums, moisturizers, etc.
ADDITIONAL TIPS:Â Here are some additional tips on toners!
- Morning Cleanserâ€”If you have dry skin and donâ€™t want to use a cleanser in the morningâ€¦ consider using water to wash your face and using a toner to â€ścleanseâ€ť and prep the skin for your moisturizer!
- Alcohol Freeâ€”Alcohol is very drying for the skin and may harm the collagen in your skin (yikes!). Whether you have oily or dry skin, you should always use alcohol free toners. Stripping oil from the skin may stimulate your skin to produce more oil!
- Additional Treatmentâ€”Doesnâ€™t hurt to use toners that contain additional helpful ingredients like antioxidants, alpha hydroxy (lactic, glycolic), beta hydroxy (salicylic) acids, and vitamins for anti-aging purposes. Toners containing salicylic acid are great for blemish prone skin while clearing pores of acne causing bacteria.
- Petals from 1-2 roses – the more fragrant, the better!
- 2 tablespoons of alcohol free witch hazel –Â helps cleanse and refresh skin
- 1 cup of distilled water – you’ll want to make sure the water is clean and pure
- Heat safe bowl
- Wash rose petals. Boil water.Â Pour boiling water into bowl with rose petals and seep for 30 minutes.
- Strain out rose petals and let cool.
- Add witch hazel
- Pour toner into clean glass jar. You can store your toner in the fridge up to 1 week.
How to use (morning and night):
- Wash face
- Take cotton ball or pad and soak with toner
- Sweep over face and neck
- Follow with serum and/or moisturizer
Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.