Facial toners have come a long way since the harsh alcohol-based products they used to be.
They’re now gentle, nourishing and packed with ingredients that nourish your skin without leaving it feeling dry or stripped. However, a toner often gets skipped in a routine as people aren’t sure what a toner does or worry it’s going to damage their skin.
The old-fashioned alcohol-based types of toner were bad news for black skin. The alcohol in them could dry out the skin, leaving it looking dry and flaky, or even exacerbate an uneven complexion.
Read on to find out more about what facial toner does and why you should use one, along with what happens if you use toner every day.
What Does a Facial Toner Do?
A facial toner prepares the skin for moisturisers and serums by getting rid of stubborn dirt, makeup or excess oil left on the skin. It’s basically an extra cleanse to leave your skin extra clean without damaging or stripping it.
Today’s toners are also used to target other skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, acne or dry, dull skin. They come with so many benefits for the skin that everyone should look to use one in their skincare routine.
Benefits of Facial Toners
Depending on the active ingredients that toners contain, there are a host of potential benefits including:
- Removes makeup, oil and dirt from the skin
- Leaves skin feeling refreshed
- Temporarily tightens, firms and rejuvenates skin
- Helps skin to retain moisture
- Protects the skin from the elements
- Minimises the appearance of pores
How to Use Facial Toners
Facial toners are really easy to use. After cleansing your face, simply soak a cotton pad with toner and swipe across your skin or put a few drops into your hands and press into your skin. Remember to swipe it across your face, neck and chest as your skincare routine should extend past your skin. Then add your serum and moisturiser as normal.
What Happens If You Use Toner Everyday?
You can use toners twice a day (morning and night), but keep an eye on how your skin reacts as toners can contain active ingredients which might be a bit much for it to handle daily. The right toner will make a big difference to your skin.