The Benefits of Toner in Your Skincare Routine

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Does a good toner feature in your skincare routine? I think it's one of those products that a lot of people are willing to skip. They have a reputation of being drying, irritating to sensitive skin and are seen as an extra step in most of our already-time-consuming skincare routines. A quick Google search showed that lots of people are uncertain about what they're even used for, and more often than not the packaging is vague and doesn't state exactly what it's supposed to do. When you cleanse your face you know that you're getting rid of dirt, oils and makeup. When you moisturise you know you're adding moisture back to your skin. So what exactly is it that toners do? That indefinable step between cleansing and moisturising?

Removes Residual Makeup
It's estimated that after cleansing there's still around ten and fifteen percent of residual makeup left on your face. This can lead to blocked pores and breakouts, and very importantly it can create a barrier on your skin which reduces how effective the rest of your skincare is. You might be investing up to £70 on a high end moisturiser and reaping few of the benefits it has to offer, because of remaining makeup in your pores stopping it from properly absorbing. Toners help to remove this built up residue- used on a cotton pad after cleansing and exfoliating can get rid of of the remaining dirt, makeup and oils that have been left behind.

Restores PH Balance
Without getting too sciency, the skin's pH balance is normally at around 5.5 which leans slightly acidic on the pH scale. Maintaining this pH means the skin is more efficient at preventing acne, infection and irritation and also slow down aging. After you wash your face, the skin's pH is distorted by the alkaline components in the water which has shown to be one of the causes of acne. Those with sensitive skin are likely to be even more affected, and unfortunately it's these people who are likely to be skipping products like toners in the worry that they'll do more harm than good. A good toner will restore pH balance offering a number of skin benefits.

Shrinks Pores
Large pores are caused by an overproduction of skin oil, and over time will enlarge which can look unsightly. Toners are said to reduce the appearance of pores by sweeping away dead skin cells and removing clogged and accumulated oils. If you suffer with large pores, it's definitely worth incorporating a toner into your skincare routine and seeing how it works for you.

Refreshes and Conditions
Many toners have ingredients like vitamins and botanics that are beneficial to the skin in the same way as other products in your skincare routine. While they will never be a substitute for moisturiser they work effectively alongside it. Toner refreshes and perks up the skin too, which I find is really useful in the mornings!

With all cosmetics, skincare and haircare products, I think it's a case of trying different things and finding what works for you. If you've had a negative experience from using toners in the past, try looking for one that's alcohol free or designed for sensitive skin. Not all toners are the same, and if you choose one based on your particular skincare needs you're much more likely to find one that works well for you. 

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17 comments

  1. I use my toner as one final "check up" to see if there's still any remaining makeup or dirt after washing my face. I used to use an astringent for extra cleansing, but I've stopped for now because my face has become sensitive and it stings to use one.

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    1. I used to use Witch Hazel as my toner which worked really well, I definitely recommend that for sensitive skin it's really gentle x

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  2. Very interesting post! I have spent a long time looking for a toner that suits my dry, sensitive skin, I'm using a Mochael Todd one now which I really like, but there are some out there that do seen very harsh and I feel do more harm than good to my skin, this was a good reminder that I did the right thing continuing my search!

    Zoe xx

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    1. I've heard lots of good things about the Michael Todd toner, I'd say you did the right thing searching for the perfect one! The problem is that a lot of them contain alcohol so can be drying even on oily skin x

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  3. I do not currently use a toner but this has definitely got me thinking that I need one in my life! I do have sensitive skin so would have to look into the brands a bit more to get the right one.

    Becky xx

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    1. I think toner is a skincare essential, if you search for one designed for sensitive skin you should be fine :) x

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  4. I agree! Toner is so important for my skincare routine. I can't do without it. It makes a huge difference when I don't use it.

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    1. I agree! It feels kind of wrong for me to apply moisturiser without toner first now because I'm in such a habit of using it x

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  5. I agree too xx

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  6. I just started looking through all the different toners. I picked up H2O's toner and Lush Eau du Roma to try out first. I am on that long journey of finding a good one.
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  7. I use Liz Earle Toner every day, twice a day and couldn't live without it.

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    xo

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  8. great post! I recently got into using a toner and really like them!

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  9. Might have to start using a toner now! Great post x

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  10. Great post, i will never miss out toning. i think its as important as all the other steps. x

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  11. You have shared really a good information. Makeup particles block pores on the skin which may give birth to pimples and other skin problem. This is the best blog I have ever read. Thanks a lot for writing this and sharing with us.

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  12. I'm 23 and I've only just started using a toner! I know this must make all you beauty bloggers cringe. I knew I needed to do it, but I had no idea why and this little piece of information was great!

    Jegz. X

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