Toners 101

The missing piece of your routine!

What is a toner?

Toner is a liquid that helps remove any leftover residue on the skin after cleansing and so much more!  It is one of the most important steps in your daily skincare routine, but seems to be the least followed.  Liquids have small molecules which makes them able to travel deep and draw serums and moisturizers into the skin.  Toner is an important step in the treatment of your skin, especially if there is a particular condition you would like to improve.

Toner is all about balance!  Our skin needs to have a slightly acidic ph level of 5.5 in order to keep oil production even and kill breakout causing bacteria. Avoid products that have alcohol in them, as that will dry and dehydrate the skin. Below is a list of different skin types and the best toners to use for them.


Matching your toner to your skin type

Acne Prone: Find a toner with salicylic acid. This ingredient is great at removing excess oil and provides light exfoliation to reduce buildup on the skin.


Oily: Bentonite Clay is a great ingredient to help with oil control and aids in decongesting the pores. Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree) based toners will help dry out whiteheads, unblock pores, and keep acne causing bacteria at bay.


Combination: Look for toners with ingredients like cucumber, alpha hydroxy acids, and lactic acid They are perfect for gently hydrating the skin and keeping it balanced.  


Dry: If you have a dry skin type you must avoid toners with alcohol!  Alcohol can be very drying and ultimately irritate the skin. Find a toner with aloe, lavender, or frankincense essential oil. All of these ingredients are nourishing and will keep you from experiencing flakiness or that tight skin feeling.


Normal: For this skin type, my favorite toner ingredient is hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs within your body and it helps your cells retain as much moisture as possible. It keeps your skin soft, hydrated and maintains balance.


Sensitive: The goal of many with sensitive skin types is to lessen redness and irritation. Ingredients like aloe, chamomile, and algae are great at soothing the skin and providing gentle hydration.  It is especially important to avoid toners with alcohol because they can worsen dryness and irritation.


Important notes about Toners

  • Toners are not cleansers or makeup removers, so please do not use them as a substitute!  
  • It should be used after you cleanse, and is not rinsed off.
  • Using a toner is a critical step in your skincare routine and should be done every time you wash your face.


You can use a variety of methods to apply your toner

  1. Spay the toner lightly on your face
  2. Using a dime size amount, press it gently into the skin with your hands
  3. Dampen a cotton pad and apply a dime size amount of toner to the pad. Wipe the pad around the skin. This is a great method for those who wear makeup as it helps remove any residue left on the skin.
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