Back in the day, toner used to be an essential part of any skincare routine. This is because cleansers were not as sophisticated as they are today. Cleansers used to raise the pH level of your skin (traditional soap is notorious for this) therefore; you needed a toner to correct that. If you are using a modern water-soluble cleanser and not bar soap, toners are not necessary. However, that doesn’t mean that a well-formulated toner isn’t beneficial. Depending on the formulation, toners can help remove traces of dirt and makeup, and can help calm the skin after cleansing. If you have oily or combination skin, a well-formulated toner might even be the perfect lightweight moisturizer for your skin.
You will want to be careful when shopping because there are plenty of poorly formulated toners on the market!
A well-formulated toner has the following:
- Is water based and loaded with beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, and amino acids.
- Is NOT alcohol-based! Keep away from strong “astringents” like witch hazel and don’t even get me started on Sea Breeze…stay far far away from it!
- Is NOT full of fragrant extracts such as rose water, peppermint, and menthol. With few exceptions, I am not a fan of fragrance (even natural) in skin care products, as they can be very irritating.
To save you time, and because I always like to know exactly what products other people are using, below are a few examples of products that meet my requirements:
- Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner, $23. This is what I use! Click here for $10 off your first purchase at Paula’s Choice.
- Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion, $32.00-$42.50.
- Md Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant spray, $28.
- Derma e Soothing Toner, $11.78-$15.50.
The bottom line is that a well-formulated toner can be beneficial but depending on your budget, you may want to skip this step. I would rather see you spend your money on a good exfoliator, a nice serum and an awesome sunscreen.
Do you have a toner that you love? If so, tell us about it in the comment section below!
Until next time,
P.S. Check out the rest of my Skin Care Series: Part 1 – Cleanser
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