Toners Explained


Toners may be the most misunderstood skin care product on the market. But when used right, they play a powerful role in the effectiveness of your regimen. A high-quality toner for your skin type can set the stage for clearer, smoother, hydrated skin.

What Is a Face Toner?

A toner is a liquid product, usually lightweight and transparent in texture. Whether it’s a liquid dispensed onto a cotton ball or a toner in a spray-on form, it’s positioning in your regimen is key. Toners should be applied after cleansing both in the morning and at night, as they sweep away any residual cleanser and debris while prepping the skin for treatment from serums, specific treatments, and moisturizers. Some toners can even be misted over skin throughout the day to refresh, revitalize, and give a hydrating boost. Depending on your skin type and the ingredients in the formula, a toner can:

  • Impart a cool, refreshing sensation on the skin.
  • Provide astringent properties that help minimize excess oils on the skin’s surface.
  • Help exfoliate and sweep away pore-clogging debris.
  • Helps soothe, refine the look of pores, improve hydration by acting as a moisture magnet, and even deliver anti-aging antioxidants to skin.

Should I Use a Toner?

Quite simply, yes!

It’s important to recognize that toners are not one size fits all. Toners should complement your skin type and skin regimen. For example, if you’re using products that target oily skin and enlarged pores, a toner with oil-controlling properties will deliver critical hydration plus oil-controlling benefits. Knowing your skin type is key when choosing a toner. A dermatologist can be instrumental in diagnosing your skin type and recommending a toner that addresses your needs.

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