November 12, 2012
Everyone is trying to pinch pennies and shave time off their skin care regimen. You know you need face wash and moisturizer, but what about all those extra serums, toners and other potions for your skin? One of the most common items to land on the chopping block is toner. Some women wonder what there is to gain from one extra step. The truth is - a lot! Toner is an integral part of any three-step skin care regimen, but not all of these beauty products are right for your face. So how do you choose the best one for you?
What's the point of toner?
Before you determine which toner is best for you, it's a good idea to understand what it does. Toner is designed to remove oil and dirt that your cleanser may have left behind while refreshing and moisturizing skin. According to Self Magazine, toner was originally made with alcohol or witch hazel to give a tight, firm feeling to the skin after use. Now, however, toners are designed for all types of skin. They can hydrate, prevent wrinkles, zap oil, shrink pores or soothe irritated skin, depending on the formula.
Which toner is right for my skin?
Whether you are battling acne, oily skin or sensitive skin, there is a toner designed to suit your skincare needs.
• Oil. If the oil on your skin cannot be controlled with face wash, moisturizers and makeup products, a standard toner might be a great option to keep the greasies away. However, stripping all of your natural oils will just make them come back to overcompensate, so look for a moisturizing toner that aims to balance the pH of your skin. Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner does just this, plus it has antioxidants to protect you from environmental damage.
• Acne. Because excess oil clogs pores, it provides more opportunities for bacteria and oil to mix and cause pimples on acne-prone skin. If your skin tends to break out, look for a toner with salicylic acid to clear out pores. The Bliss No Zit Sherlock Purifying Cleanser and Toner allows you to skip the toning step but still reap the benefits - it's a two-in-one foaming cleanser and toner with 2 percent salicylic acid.
• Sensitive skin. Because many toners are now formulated to moisturize, not strip, your skin, they can be soothing for those with dry or sensitive skin. Look for one with herbal extracts like apricot to restore the skin's balance. Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner will do the trick.