How to Apply Toner Safely
Several articles speak to toner – what it is to its massive benefits. But the big question is, does everyone really need to use it, and is it still effective if applied incorrectly? Before trying a product sometimes we forget to ask ourselves questions like, “How should I be applying this or what ingredients are in this product that will benefit my overall appearance?”
So to get the most of your toner we’re going to break down some important information. Toners can serve multiple purposes, from hydrating and soothing the skin to balancing pH levels post-cleansing, removing excess oil, and even fighting acne. Toners are generally used to remove excess dirt and impurities and I know you may be wondering, “Well, isn’t that what a cleanser is for?” And while you may be right, the toner is an extra step, which we will also discuss if it’s even necessary. With toners, you can expect it to restore your skin’s pH balance – a good example of it coming in handy… “If the pH balance of a cleanser is too alkaline, the product can be over-drying and cause the skin irritation, as well as little protection against bacteria growth, so breakouts may occur.” Says Dermatologist Dendy Engelman. In this case, you would want to use a toner depending on the ingredients found in your cleanser.
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When should you use a toner?
The best time to apply a toner is immediately after a face wash, both morning and night depending on the advice given to you from a dermatologist. For example, I use a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer in the morning and only a cleanser and retinol at night. Using a toner in between the use of a retinoid may be harsh on your skin, so perhaps avoid that so the skin does not become irritated. However, your dermatologist will instruct you on how to use a toner depending on your skin type and texture. Whether or not you need a toner at all is always up for debate, because despite its great benefits to your skin you may or may not need it. Toners remove excess dirt, but if you remain inside and do not wear makeup on your skin during the day, perhaps rather than using it twice a day every day, it can be limited to once a day, a few times a week, or not at all.
When applying your toner it is best to use one of our reusable bamboo pads. The Zero Waste Cotton pads are the eco-conscious alternative to disposable cotton pads. Applying a liquid to one of these pads can be done without waste and the pads are washable. I am an avid user of the product, so I do stand by it. Once you have your pads simply soak one in the toner and sweep the formula across your facial contours. Depending on your cleanser you may need to use multiple pads, also take into account your day – did you go outside, did you ride public transportation, were you wearing a lot of makeup? All of these factors can determine how many pads will be necessary to get that deep clean with your toner. Don’t be shy, use as many as you need until there is no dirt left on the pad.
We have toners that work best depending on your skin type. Virtual consultations here can help determine which toner is best for you. For acne-prone skin, the Sulphur and Salicylic Toner work wonders. Pore purifying salicylic acid and astringent witch hazel help to refine and restore the equilibrium and the pore penetrating azelaic acid targets congestion. If your moisturizer contains salicylic acid, be sure to check with your dermatologist to see if this product is right for you. If not, our Soothing Toner is the next best option. Its ingredients are formulated to alleviate sensitivity and inflammation.
If you’re still unsure and just need some advice on where to get started you can speak with Anakarina today or try one of our mini collections.