If you don't know what a toner is, don’t feel bad.
In fact, it was only recently that I learned what it was. Once I did, I felt a little like I had found a small secret to life - or at least the preservation of my face. I’m trying to live forever. Aren’t we all?
Of course there are many ways you can take care of yourself. Everything seems to have electrolytes or anti-aging qualities and there are bountiful studies on how to slow the tell-all’s that we are all, in fact, dying.
There’s dietary advice, moisturizers, creams, serums, injections, surgeries - you name it.
The truth is that we are all too busy to tackle huge endeavors to maintain the health of our skin. The other truth is that we all have to start somewhere to make sure our future-selves don’t want to come back in time to punch us in the gonads for not taking better care of things overlooked.
That’s why toners are a small and underrated gift from the gods.
WHAT ARE TONERS?
There are several different types of toners and they all do slightly different things with one goal in mind; appearance. Moisturizers are amazing for skin long term but as far as adding a fresh look? Not as immediate.
Toners are similar to moisturizers in application but their goal is to help even out the texture of your skin. This means reducing the size of your pores. Goodness knows our teenage years left some impression or another on our skin.
You have to know your skin to know what toner is good for you
If you have oily skin, a toner that preserves moisture in your face really isn’t going to help you. It might even make it worse.
If you have dry skin, alcohol based toners are also going to wreak havoc on you. And thus, three types of toners exist.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES?
Astringents have a fairly high alcohol content for restriction purposes. So it behooves someone with oily skin to use this type of toner. It’s typically recommended to apply this type to problem areas specifically to avoid causing more problems. But if you’re a natural grease ball, a light coat over your face won’t hurt.
These toners have virtually no alcohol. They are typically made with humectants. Humectants are additives that preserve moisture in the top layer of skin. They’re typically found in lotions. So if you have dry skin, this is a toner that would work best for you. One of the most common of this type is Rose water. Why? Because it contains anti-oxidants. BOOM. They’re everywhere.
This is kind of the Goldie Locks of toners. It’s not to alcohol based and not going to make you greasy. It contains both humectants and alcohol which makes it the most versatile of toners. It can be used for average skin types, combination skin and sensitive skin.
HOW DO YOU USE TONER? WHEN DO YOU USE IT??
It’s pretty simple. If you’re already in the habit of washing your face, and let’s hope you are, toners come in between washing your face and moisturizing.
But here’s a quick step by step, in case you’re new to the face washing regimen.
- You're Done
It’s one of the easiest ways to maintain a fresh appearance with both instant gratification and longterm benefits. Thank us later.