You’ve got your daily skin care routine: wash, dry and you’re done. You might throw on some lotion if your face is really dry. But that’s just not enough. Maybe your skin still feels oily after you wash it, or you wish your skin and pores could be a little tighter. Adding a skin toner to your daily routine might be the perfect solution.
Chances are that you’ve seen skin toners on the shelves at your beauty supply store, sitting next to the bottles of cleanser and moisturizer that you buy. Here we will show you the differences among the products and explain how to choose the right kind of skin toner.
- Traditional toners consist of moisturizers, oils and extracts that help soothe your skin.
- Astringents, which are generally alcohol-based, tighten the skin and pores and remove oil.
- Fresheners work similarly to astringents by tightening the skin, but they are made of ingredients like caffeine and green tea instead of alcohol.
Because all of these different products can fall under the toner umbrella, it’s easy to see why toner is taken for tightening and moisturizing the skin as well as used for getting rid of dry skin. You may have heard a lot about toner working to balance the skin, particularly after using a cleanser that can throw off your pH balance.
Choose a toner that should work with your particular skin type, so pay attention to whether your skin is dry, oily or a combination of both. Also, if your skin is particularly sensitive, you should be sure to use only products marked for sensitive skin.
1) Use a towel that’s soft and clean to dry your face. It’s a good idea to have a particular towel devoted just to your face, as bacteria can thrive in towels.
2) Next, you’ll want to have some cotton balls, cotton rounds or facial tissues on hand to apply your astringent or liquid-based toner.
3) Start swiping toner across your t-zone, or your forehead and nose. These are the oiliest spots and will benefit most from the astringent.
4) You can then lightly brush it on your cheeks as well as other areas that may be oily. Stay away from any dry areas, as the alcohol in astringent can dry them out even further.
5) Let your skin dry before applying any lotion or makeup. If you’re using a creamy moisturizing toner, you can apply it with your fingers. Start with your cheeks, and gently massage it in throughout your face. Concentrate on any dry areas and only lightly cover your t-zone.