We have often seen people talk about how toners are important in our skincare routine. But if you are anything like me (which I guess you are considering you are reading this article) then you must be thinking, why do we need toners in the first place?
Well! That’s why I present to thee this article.
Everyone in the cosmetic world talks about the importance of toners and how the important step comes between cleansing and moisturizing. But what exactly does it do? Let’s answer all the questions.
Toner word was derived from “tonic water”. Nowadays this magic liquid has lot of names like astringent, pre-lotion, tonic, skin freshener and the list goes on.
pH stands for “Potential of Hydrogen” and is used to measure acidity and alkalinity levels. pH level is measured on a range of 0 to 14. pH 7 is neutral, neither acidic nor alkaline. If pH level is less than 7 then it is acidic and if pH level is more than 7 then it is alkaline.
Now the question would be why do we have acidic skin. Let’s dig down science a little bit.
Our skin produces sebum which comes on the surface of the skin to mix with the sweat produced by sweat glands. This mixture causes an acidic state of our skin known as “acid mantle”.
This acid mantle works to protect our skin from harmful bacteria, smoke, dirt ensuring that our skin is healthy. This state is the healthy pH state of our skin, that is between 4.5 and 5.5.
Toners are the rescue police in such scenario. They helps in bringing it back the pH level to their natural acidic state.
Nowadays toners not only balances the pH level but also hydrates, refreshes and cleanses the skin.
All toners have liquid or water like texture. Few might be transparent like water with quite few ingredients in them. While there are other toners with slight color to it mainly because of some special ingredient in them.
The most common ingredient in toner is water, alcohol or maybe salicylic acid in case of toners that target oily skin. There are toners that have rose and other flowers in it as well.
Packaging for toners is usually in pump bottle or spray bottle.
There are two ways to apply the toner.
If your toner comes in a spray bottle then you can directly spray on your face. This kind of packaging can be seen in “Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose water”.
My suggestion is to read the application instructions before putting on the toner.
I am sure lot of you guys would have this question in mind. With the variety floating in the market, this question becomes more overwhelming.
My suggestion is that you understand your skin type first.
Moving onto, the list of Toners that I recommend.
I got this as a gift from a friend. Basically this was in trial pack and I was excited to try Innisfree products.
It is a liquid toner with a slightly milky color. The instructions clearly mentions to shake the bottle before use as it contains powder. I guess the milky texture is due to the powder.
I applied it after cleaning my face with a gentle cleanser. I usually used cotton ball to apply it all over my face, avoiding the eye area. Sometimes I apply it on my neck and the back of my ears.
Honestly, I have not used any toner that is so gentle on the skin. There was no irritation, neither any tingling feeling after using it. It was hydrating and very refreshing to my skin.
For people who want to know a good drugstore toner, I would recommend them Neutrogena Toner (buy this product on Amazon). This toner is highly effective and it gives a cooling sensation when applied.
Though it doesn’t dry out the skin that much, I would still not recommend it to people with dry skin. I say this because formula is strong for dry skin type.
Weather it is effective in removing blackhead? I am afraid I didn’t notice any major difference. However it was effective in removing excess cleanser or dirt left on the skin, even after cleansing the face.
Hope this review was helpful. I will keep reviewing other products for you guys. If you have any suggestions, make sure you mention in the comments below.
Till then, keep smiling 🙂