The benefits of cleansing the skin and moisturizing are obvious and known. Adding a second step, toner, into the mix can seem time consuming and unnecessary to many women. You may want to reconsider if you’re experiencing breakouts, dry skin, uneven rough texture or dullness. Since adding toner to your routine could be the easiest step you take towards an improved complexion.
Many mild skin issues are a product of either not cleansing well enough or an imbalanced pH level on the skin; both of which toners help mitigate. Their main function is to complete the cleansing process by removing impurities, pollutants, and debris, and secondly, balance the skin’s pH level.
Typically, toners are associated with harsh astringents made for drying oily skin, but there are a lot of options on the market that contain plant extracts, essential oils, and other active ingredients to address concerns like, dryness, acne, uneven skin tone and more.
If you’re concerned with hydration and moisture balance, try Amore Pacific Treatment Toner. The red ginseng root will stimulate the skin’s metabolism and provide antioxidant protection, while bamboo sap acts as a powerful humectant drawing moisture deep within the skin imparting a youthful glow.
Acne prone skin types should look for oil-free options to balance sebum and calm red irritated skin. Cell Fusion C’s Anti B.A.C. Toner contains portulaca oleracea extract and peppermint oil to soothe redness and act as a gentle astringent controlling excess oil. This lightweight toner cures active breakouts and prevents new ones by maintaining a healthy pH level.
If dark spots and dullness are at the top of your skincare concerns, check out Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Toner or Lancome ENERGIE DE VIE Dullness Relief & Energy Recharge Daily Lotion. Both will improve moisture levels, and boost radiance with powerful antioxidants.
Arcona Cranberry Toner is great for those who want to keep your routine as simple as possible. This cleanser/toner in one removes dirt, oil and makeup with antimicrobial cranberry, while simultaneously infusing the skin with antioxidants, Vitamin E and nourishing rice milk. Perfect for the gal who likes to keep things simple.
-by Amy Chang
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