All the reasons why you need a toner

You have heard about the daily face care ritual – cleansing, toning and moisturizing. However, there are various schools of thought regarding the use of toners. While some claim they are not needed at all, and are, in fact, making your skin dry, others say the exact opposite. The truth lies somewhere in between.

It all depends on the ingredients of your toner. An alcohol-based toner will definitely dry your skin. You need a toner that is free of essence and added fragrances. Toners should basically be used as an extra cleansing step to remove dirt and impurities. They are especially beneficial for people with oily and acne-prone skin.

Here are some other benefits of toners.

  • They shrink pores

Using a good quality toner the right way will help to reduce the size of your pores. Take a little toner on to a small cotton ball and gently wipe and blot your face with it. Your face will become squeaky clean and you will feel refreshed.

  • They restore the pH balance of your skin

Skin is naturally acidic, with a pH balance of between five and six. Every time you wash your face with a face wash or soap, no matter how mild it is, you upset this balance. It takes your skin up to 12 hours to regain its balance. Your skin needs to work overtime to return to its normal levels, and that may result in over-production of oil. A toner can help restore the pH balance quickly. Toners also help complexion products stay on longer, giving you a smoother look.

  • They protect your skin

Toners help close the pores of your face and tighten cell gaps, thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. Toners are also known to remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.

  • They moisturize your skin

Ever noticed how your skin feels moisturized after you use a toner? No, it is not your imagination. Most toners are humectants, helping bind moisture to the skin. So, using a toner is your first step to moisturizing your face.

  • They prevent the occurrence of in-grown hairs

Good quality toners contain glycolic and other alpha hydroxy acids. They prevent the occurrence of in-grown hairs, giving your face a better texture.

In the end, it all depends on the kind of a product you use. Invest in a good quality toner. It is better to not use a toner than use one that does not suit your skin.

 

 

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