An Easy Way to Boost Your Routine's Effectiveness
Want to take your skin to the next level? Incorporate a toner into your routine. Toners offer an immediate hydration boost to your skin and prep it for treatments that follow, amplifying their effectiveness. The result will be plump, dewy skin.
What are toners?
Most toners are water-based liquids that have active ingredients designed to address different skin needs. It used to be that toners were almost all astringent and contained alcohol, but today’s toners are different. Today's toners help add moisture back to your skin and can make your whole routine more effective. This is critical because your skin won’t absorb products as well if it’s bone dry. If your skin is lightly hydrated from your toner, it will be well prepared to receive the other products.
When do I use a toner?
Toners are most effective when used daily, immediately after cleansing. You apply toners before you apply essences, serums, or moisturizers.
Why do I need a toner?
Toners can help skin receive moisture. Think of your skin as a dried-up sponge. It can't absorb much until you moisten it and therefore “prep” it to receive additional liquids. This is a key function of toners.
Some toners are also humectants, which means they help add moisture back to the skin in addition to prepping it. Additionally, toners can help restore your skin’s natural balance, which can be thrown off when cleansing, especially if the cleanser is more alkaline.
And when your skin is out of balance, it will work overtime to try to get back to balance and that could result in more oil. Using a toner to restore your skin’s balance after cleansing will help you avoid that. Toners can also offer skin protection, pore-tightening, and cleansing depending on the type of toner.
Basically, toners are an underrated form that can benefit everyone!
About the author, Jasmin Figueroa
Jasmin is an accomplished formulation scientist and skin health expert who has spent her career listening to consumers and developing products that rock. A founding member of the Nuria community, she loves traveling with her family, chilling with her friends at the beach, and will totally judge you if you don’t wear SPF.