Facial toners are probably one of the most misunderstood parts of a skincare routine, its purpose and efficiency are often underestimated and undervalued! Previously toners were extremely drying and stripping on the skin leaving your face feeling tight. This inevitably left toners with a slightly tarnished reputation. However, with recent developments in skincare, toners can deliver even more moisture into the skin, help clear up multiple skin issues and have countless benefits. This is why we are here to answer any toner-related questions you may have, including what is a toner?, why do you need a toner? and how to use it. So without further ado...
What is a toner and why do you need one?
A facial toner is typically a clear liquid that delivers a quick hydration boost to your skin whilst simultaneously removing dead skin cells, eliminating dullness and giving you a dewy glow from within. This essential step in your skincare routine also beautifully prepares your skin for future product absorption, without dead skin cells blocking your skincare products from working its wonders. The endless benefits do not end there! Toner is also the perfect follow-up act to a cleanser, balancing out your skin's natural pH levels, closing your pores and creating a barrier from dirt and pollutants from entering your newly cleansed skin.
How to use a toner?
Toner is the perfect product for creating a clean base before proceeding with your next skincare steps such as serums, oils, moisturisers and sunscreens. The addition of toner in your skincare routine adds another, deeper level of cleansing, working towards keeping your skin happy and healthy. To get the most out of your toner, use twice a day, morning and evening. After removing any make up and build up from the day with a cleanser, apply your toner to a cotton ball or pad whilst your skin is still wet. Damp skin allows the molecules to penetrate skin more efficiently which in turn enables your toner to do its bit and lock in even more moisture. Gently apply the product over your entire face, neck and decolletage, giving it a few moments to dry before continuing on with your skincare routine.
The best facial toners
When it comes to facial facial toners, there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. What you can be sure of though, is there is a facial toner out there for you! There are toners for dry skin, acne-prone skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, combination skin and mature skin too.
One of the best facial toners for normal to oily skin is Obagi’s CRX System C-Balancing Toner. Packed with vitamin C this toner will help to slow down signs of ageing, diminish hyper-pigmentation, neutralise free radicals, and restore your skin's natural pH balance.
For an all round toner we recommend Obagi’s Nu-Derm Toner. This second step in Obagi Nu-Derm System is a gentle formula, suitable for most skin types and especially those with sensitive skin. No wonder this is one of the best selling products in Obagi’s Nu-Derm System!
If your skin is particularly prone to imperfections, one of the best facial toners for you is Skinceuticals Blemish & Age Toner. This exfoliating formula with low pH unclogs and de-congests pores whilst simultaneously removing excess surface skin cells. This facial toner will help you fight blemishes and purify your skin for an ‘inside out’ radiant glow.