To Tone or Not to Tone…
Mar 3, 2011
One of the most debate topics in skincare is toner. Do you need to use toner? Can you skip it? And what does toner do, anyway?
Toners remove excess residue from makeup or soap. They tighten pores and lightly exfoliate the skin. So do you need to use a toner?
Unless your skin is especially oily or you’re acne prone (like moi), you probably don’t need to use toner. And if your skin is really dry, you should probably invest in a really good, clean-rinsing soap and skip the toner.
Even if you don’t need to use toner, there is something strangely satisfying about toning your skin. I love the way my skin feels and glows after I use toner. It just feels so much cleaner.
If you want to give toner a try, you need to choose a toner that is right for your skin type. I made some inquiries within my friend group, and these were the most popular brands.
My Mother loves the African Red Tea line from Ole Henriksen. They are loaded with antioxidants to help fight free radicals, and they’re packed with nutrients to replenish skin. This tonic spray helps tighten pores and refresh the skin after washing.
Sometimes washing your face can leave it feeling dry and stripped. If you apply moisturizer immediately after washing, you could wind up applying too much. This could cause acne or just leave your face feeling gross. But this hydrating toner restores the balance to your skin and replaces some of the moisture lost during cleansing.
If you have oily skin like me, you should be toning your skin. Clinique Clarifying Lotion, in strength two or three, does a great job of leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean.
Shaving wreaks havoc on a man’s skin. Shaving every day can cause all kinds of skin troubles from acne to razor burn. This after shave astringent cleans any remaining residue so you can avoid ingrown hairs and other gnarly skin conditions.
A good quality, clean-rinsing face wash is all that most women need to properly wash their face. And I know some of you would rather not add another step to your skincare ritual. So if you don’t want to use toner, you don’t have to, but if you choose to, make sure you select one that is right for your skin.