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Toner Tips


So what’s the deal with toners, anyway? Some skincare experts say they’re a great idea for keeping skin fresh and oil free, while others are adamant about the fact that toners are good for one thing, and one thing only: copy machines.

 Technically, toners are classified as skin care products that you apply to your face after you wash, but before you moisturize. On the shelf, toners may also be called “fresheners” or “astringents”. The claim is that toners can restore the skin’s pH balance, remove makeup and dirt that regular cleansers can’t get to, and whisk away any soap residue that regular washing can leave behind. (And, in theory, preventing and clearing up blemishes and acne along the way)

 Personally, I think the jury is still out on the whole toner debate. If using a toner makes your skin feel tight, dry or itchy, then forget it. Who needs the aggravation? Same goes for those who wind up with a shiny complexion after using astringent. If, however, toner makes your skin feel fresh and clean—and if you see a difference in your adult acne flare ups, then knock yourself out.

 If you are going to use it, though, there are some pointers you should keep in mind:

  • Never use toner more than once a day. And if your skin tends to be dry, go with once every other day instead.
  • Always follow your toner with a moisturizer. (Yes, even oily skin needs moisturizer!)
  • If your toner is burning or stinging your face, it probably has alcohol in it—find one without for a gentler clean.
  • Natural is best. It may cost a bit more, but you’re better off with a toner that doesn’t have a million chemicals in it.
  • Experimentation is a good thing. Don’t be afraid to try a few different brands before settling on the one that works best with your skin type.

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