Do we Really Need Toners In Our Skincare Routine?

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All About the Toners..

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.


What is a Toner and what does it do?

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.

Basically it is a liquid that balances the pH level of our face and prepares the skin for effective absorption of serums or moisturizers afterwards. This in turn ensure that the product applied afterwards is absorbed properly and gives better results.


What is pH level of our skin?

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.

pH level of our skin is between 4.5 to 5.5 which is slightly acidic.

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.

When we use cleansers that have plenty of chemicals, it imbalances our pH level. This impacts our skin in lot of ways especially exposing it to the bacteria that our skin was fighting earlier.

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.

So now, do we know how toners help our skin? They are not just a step but the most important step in our skincare routine.


What is the texture of the Toner?

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.


How should we apply the Toner?

There are two ways to apply the toner.

You can take out the product on cotton ball and apply it all over your face after cleansing (avoiding the eye area). Or take the splash of the product in the palm of your hands and press it on your face gently. You can use it either way.

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.


Which Toner will suit my skin type?

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.

If you have Normal to Combination skin, then you need a toner that –
  • Refreshes your skin
  • Hydrates your skin
  • Balances the pH level of your skin
If you have Oily skin, then your toner should be –
  • More like an astringent (but not with high quantity of alcohol)
  • Should have Alpha Hydroxy acids
  • Salicylic acid
  • Tea tree
  • Anything that helps in stopping the bacteria growth that leads to acne
If you have Dry skin, then you definitely need something that is –
  • More hydrating
  • Anything that has antioxidants in it

Moving onto, the list of Toners that I recommend.


Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner – INR 1600 for 250ml

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.

A high recommendation from my side for people with dry skin. To be honest this will suit any skin type.


Pros –

  • A hydrating, refreshing product
  • Gentle on the skin, recommended to all skin types especially for normal, combination and dry skin type

Cons –

  • I got my trial bottle with a twist cap that I am not comfortable with
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner


Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner - List of Ingredients

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner – List of Ingredients


Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner – INR 340 for 200ml

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.

One of the active ingredients is salicylic acid in this toner, so recommended product for oily skin type.

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.


Pros –

  • Great for oily skin type as salicylic acid is the active ingredient
  • Effectively removes the dirt and left over makeup residue
  • Nicely packaged

Cons –

  • Tingling sensation on application
  • Not a product for people with dry skin
Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner

Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner


Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner

Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner – List of Ingredients


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 🙂


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