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What Is Toner and What Does It Do for the Skin?

Discover everything you need to know about toner, a key skincare step for a glowing complexion whether you have dry skin or oily/acne-prone skin.
17 Feb 2021
What Is Toner and What Does It Do for the Skin?

Whether you’ve got dry or sensitive skin or an acne-prone complexion or you just want a healthy glow, an effective skincare routine will help you achieve your goal. And while the routine itself doesn’t need to be complicated, you will see the best results when you choose to include a few key steps. That’s where toner comes in! As an essential skincare step that has been a component of professional facials for decades, using a face toner at home can help to enhance the changes you want to see in your skin. A toner for the face also happens to be extremely easy and super quick to use. Read on to learn more about toner and how this small addition to your skincare routine can make a big impact.

What is toner?

A toner is a watery liquid formula made with ingredients that are meant to target the needs of a specific skin type. As the second step in a skincare routine, toning comes in after cleansing and before serum. La Roche-Posay toners help to balance and treat the skin and depending on your skin type, adding a toner to your routine can be a helpful step in achieving your skin goals.

How to pick the best toner for you?

Use your skin type to determine which toning formula is the best fit. Anyone with oily, combination or acne-prone skin can look for a toner with exfoliating ingredients, such as La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion. It contains lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA), which belongs to the beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) family and is a gentle derivative of salicylic acid. This oil-soluble ingredient helps to decongest sebum-clogged pores to reduce breakouts while refining your skin’s overall texture. If you have dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin, you should look for a hydrating face toner. La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Lotion is a nourishing blend loaded with thermal spring water to calm and reduce skin irritations. It also gets a boost from glycerin, a hero that works to gather and hold water in the skin to maintain a supple, hydrated texture. The formula is also pH-balanced and soap-and alcohol-free, two things that can strip the skin barrier.

How to use face toner?

By now you’re likely pumped to add the best toner for your skin type to your skincare routine. And here’s the best part: It’s foolproof! There’s no learning curve to taking advantage of the next-level results a toner can deliver. Here’s all you need to know. After washing your face with a gel, cream or foaming cleanser that suits your skin type, apply a few drops of toner to a cotton ball (or reusable cotton pad) and swipe it over your skin. That’s it! Your face will be not only beautifully cleansed and balanced but also prepped to better absorb the ingredients in the serum and moisturizer that you use next. If you have oily skin, toning will have a micro-exfoliating effect, which allows for a product for acne-prone skin like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum to penetrate more effectively and reduce sebum buildup. If you have dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin, toning will provide swift nourishment while leaving it ready to better soak up (and hold onto) the next layer of a hydrating formula, such as an application of a hyaluronic acid serum like La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Anti-Aging Serum. No matter what skin type you have, you’ll soon discover that just a few quick swipes of the right face toner can give your skin goals a serious boost.

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