What does a toner do for your skin, anyway? A quick guide to what it is, how to use it and which one is right for you.
When I first got into skincare, I was only in it for a quick skin fix. I didn’t care to know how products worked, what was in them, or why they were even needed. I just wanted blemish-free skin, please and thank you!
But, inevitably, the allure of K-Beauty began teaching me that skincare could be so much more than fighting skin issues – it could nourish skin so issues don’t show up.
One of the most mysterious products in the 10-step routine is toner. What does toner do? I had heard about it changing skin’s pH, making pores smaller and prepping skin for other products, but I definitely didn’t know what to expect.
Today, we’re breaking down toner for you. You’ll learn what it does, how to incorporate it into your routine and how to know if your toner is suitable for you.
What Does A Toner Even Do?
There are multiple benefits to using a toner. You have a product that cleanses away any remaining impurities after you’ve double-cleansed. It preps your skin to absorb products you put on after.
Most importantly, toners can help bring your skin back to pristine acidity – saving stress for your skin by balancing its pH levels. pH refers to the acidity of your skin’s acid mantle. But you can read up on that here.
Now, one particular myth pervades the beauty world when it comes to toner, that you can change the size of your pores. Toner does not hold the power to shrink the size of your pores. It does, however, help with unclogging oil and dirt from your pores – which in turn makes them look smaller.
The best function of a toner is that depending on the ingredients, toner can add hydration to your skin, sweep away dead skin cells and bring back vibrancy to dull skin. Now let’s have a look at the below ingredients to see which toner is right for you!
What Does Toner Do For Different Skin Types?
The beauty of this diverse selection is that you can get a toner to meet almost any skin need.
If you have oily and/or dull skin, toners with exfoliating ingredients or witch hazel can clear your pores of oil and help you get that glow. Look for toners with a dose of alpha hydroxy acids including lactic acid and glycolic acid as it means the toner formulation will help brighten your skin.
Dry skin? You can search for toners with hydrating and soothing ingredients like Vitamin E, cucumber extract, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe or chamomile.
If you have sensitive, irritated skin, search for toners with ingredients like aloe vera and green tea as they’ll calm any redness or irritation.
For acne-sufferers, you should always consult with a dermatologist, but toners with tea tree oil can help fight blemishes without over-drying the skin.
View this post on Instagram
When To Use Toner
Toner should be used right after you cleanse your skin. Whether you just cleanse, or you have a whole exfoliation routine, toner should be added right after – preferably while your skin is still damp. Here’s more info on that.
Alright, so how do you know if your toner is doing its job? Throughout skincare history, many people have suffered through stinging skin because they thought that’s what toner is supposed to feel like. It’s not! Those toners most-likely had alcohol in them, but the results are harsh stripping of the skin. Your skin should feel hydrated and fresh after using toner. If you have a lot of irritation, you’re probably not using the right toner for you.
Bottom Line On What Does Toner Do
Toners are a great addition to any skincare routine. They’re adaptable to your skin needs, help make your other products more effective and can give you a thorough clean. If you take care to research what ingredients will make your skin happy you’ll be one step closer to achieving your ideal skincare routine. What does toner do, you ask? Mystery solved.
What toner works for your skin type? Let us know @kiseu