Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize & Repeat are usually the steps everyone follows in their skincare routine. We know why we cleanse and moisturize our face, but what’s the point of toning?
Toning is meant to be used after cleansing and before moisturizing. It can balance the skin’s pH and prevent it from becoming too oily or too dry. Since our skin is naturally acidic, our skin works over time to restore the balance after we wash our face. Due to the alkaline nature of soap, the pH balance of our skin gets disturbed, so we use a toner to help restore the balance quickly.
Restoring pH balance is beneficial to your skin because it helps prep the skin, restore any moisture the cleanser stripped from your skin and better absorb product ingredients making any moisturizers or serums that you apply afterwards more effective. Since most toners are humectants, it helps bind moisture to the skin making it more moisturized.
However, not all toners are created equally which means that you can actually end up hurting your skin rather than helping it. According to Paula’s Choice website, toners can be divided into three general types: –
- Alcohol Based Toners that often include “astringent” ingredients. These toners should be avoided because they cause free-radical damage and irritation, which hurts the skin ability to repair itself.
- Water & Glycerin or glycol-based formulas with fragrant extracts. These type of toners are labeled refreshers or clarifiers. They are overly fragrant and can irritate the skin and cause reactions that are damaging to the skin. It’s more like cologne for your face.
- Water-based Toners are loaded with beneficial ingredients such as skin-repairing substances, antioxidants, and cell communicating ingredients such as niacinamide. This type of toner is highly recommended.
To avoid all of these harmful ingredients that some toners contain, I’ve decided to go the natural route to give my skin all the benefits it needs, while saving money. To find out more about natural toners that are good for your skin type. Check out my recent article,“The Five Best Natural Toners”.
Overall applying a small amount of toner on a cotton round, pad or ball and gently blotting your face will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores. It will also leave your skin revitalized, even when you’re on the go. So think twice if you’re thinking about skipping your toner because you’ll be cheating your skin of beneficial ingredients it needs to become healthier and and look younger!