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6 Reasons Why You Need A Toner

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In between cleansing powders, exfoliating tonics and Asian-inspired essences, the shelves are packed with products promising a flawless complexion – but should we be taking things back to basics? We sat down with skincare expert and celebrity facialist Charlotte Connoley to find out why toner should be still part of your skincare routine...

Remove Every Last Bit Of Make-Up

While cleansers have come a long way, they often leave some make-up behind. Toning is the perfect second step in the cleansing process; it should be done after double cleansing to remove any make-up residue. The result? A thoroughly clean complexion that’s ready for the next stage of your regime.

Banish Acne

Oily and congested skin types will particularly benefit from using a toner, especially ones that contains purifying ingredients such as glycolic or salicylic acid as they can reduce oil secretion and break down dead skin cells, which is what clogs pores and causes blackheads and blemishes in the first place.

Boost Hydration

Hydrating toners (we really rate Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, £32) can really boost the skin when you need it and better prep it for serums, too. This also explains why a toner is especially great to have to hand when travelling – a facial mist can easily be spritzed over the face to refresh and hydrate, no water or moisturiser needed.

Unlimited Options

With so many different kinds of toner available, there is something for everyone; just remember to steer clear of alcohol-based toners, even if you have very oily or blemished skin. Those with acne-prone skin should look for a toner with AHAs (salicylic or glycolic acid), while dry, sensitive and ageing complexions should opt for formulas packed with vitamins, essential oils and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Balance Skin's pH

Toners are specifically designed to restore pH balance to the skin. Skin’s optimal pH is 5.5 and can be thrown off by a cleanser, so a toner can keep your skin from becoming too dry or oily after you wash your face. The result? Glowy perfection.

Easy To Use

Toners don’t necessarily need to be applied with a cotton wool pad. Countless new formulas come as a spray, which can simply be misted over the skin. Toning should ideally be completed after every cleanse, so twice a day – morning and night.

Rosewater Mist, £26 | Aster & Bay

WHY WE RATE IT: A soothing blend of rosewater, honeysuckle and aloe vera, this botanical toner can be used post-cleansing as well as throughout the day to refresh the complexion.

Deep Hydration Facial Toner, £34 | Fresh

WHY WE RATE IT: Packed with real rose petals, this gentle formula promotes a healthy-looking complexion, making it worth every penny.

Essential-C Toner, £26 | Murad

WHY WE RATE IT: A cocktail of vitamin C and botanical extracts, this clever toner will protect skin from ageing UVA damage and soften the appearance of fine lines for a more youthful complexion.

Balancing Lavender Toner, £23.50 | Elemis

WHY WE RATE IT: Ideal for combination skin, apply this cooling toner to remove final traces of make-up and restore pH balance.

Serozinc Toner, £10 | La-Roche Posay

WHY WE RATE IT: Our top choice for oily, blemish-prone skin, it’s no wonder this French pharmacy hero is a beauty bestseller.

Beauty Elixir, £32 | Caudalie

WHY WE RATE IT: This cult face mist/toner hybrid is packed with vitamins to boost radiance. The orange blossom, rose and organic balm mint scent will have you hooked, too.



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