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Toner is one of those skincare products that causes a little confusion and a bad rep when you first start to build your basic skin care kit. When I say confusion I mean that there are some people who don’t think toners are necessary for lots of different reasons such as they’ve heard that toners are bad for your skin, they think it’s just fancy water, or they just don’t know what it does so they don’t use it. Well I’m here today to let you know what toner is and what it does for your skin and why it should be a part of your skincare routine.
What is toner?
Toner is a kind of watery lotion for the skin used after cleansing and before moisturising. It is used to restore the PH balance to the skin after cleansing. Nowadays because there are PH balanced cleaners on the market, toners have been upgraded to give extra nutrients to the skin and to help smooth and refresh the skin. There are three kinds of toners; astringents, tonics, and water based alcohol-free toners.
Astringent toners are the harshest on the skin because of the high alcohol content. Astringents like witch hazel shrinks and constricts the skin, so people with oily and blemish prone skin use it to get rid of excess oil and shrink pores. A lot of skin gurus and dermatologists suggest avoiding alcohol based toners because it is too harsh on the skin and and it has no other benefits other than drying out your face. I’ve used astringents when I was in my teens dealing with pimples and it would always dry out my skin too much.
Tonics are a little less harsh than astringents but still contain some alcohol. It usually has some kind of fragrance to make your skin feel like it being refreshed but it doesn’t do much other than that. Also, I hate putting overly perfumed skin stuff on my face because it can irritate my skin. Basically, these kinds of toners are perfumed water for your face. No, thank you.
Last but not least, there are the water based alcohol-free toners which I use after every face wash. These toners are the gentlest on your skin and helps retain moisture on your face because of humectant ingredients. Toners like these don’t pull on your skin like astringents. It balances the skin and preps your skin for your moisturiser. I really think that poorly formulated and harsh toners like the ones I mentioned before misinform the benefits of using a toner for your face.
I am currently using Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Clarifying Toner that I bought at an Olive Young in Korea for about 26,000KRW. It’s not your average toner, it has humectants and sufactants to keep your skin perfect-ant… hahaha! Any who, this is an alcohol-free toner and has three key ingredients APG-Complex, Gluco-Glycerol, and Hyaluronic Acid. The APG-complex is a mild surfactant that cleans the skin of any leftover residue from initial cleansing. Gluco-glycerol stimulates your skins water control and the Hyaluronic Acid retain the moisture in the skin. I use a cotton pad to gently wipe and apply the toner to my face. It’s a really great toner and I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of a toner makeover.