UPDATED JANUARY 2020
They Bring Out The Best In Other Products
The older-generation toners tended to be extremely drying and quite unnecessary for most people. But they’ve recently undergone quite a few transformations, making them a great tool for preparing the skin’s receptivity to active ingredients within the rest of your regime. They’re also commonly used as a second treatment to specifically target your skincare concerns. For example, if you have acne-prone skin, you could look for a toner that controls oil, while anyone with sensitivity should look for formulas with lactic acid.
The Ingredients Are More Sophisticated
Look for formulas with a lactic, salicylic or glycolic base combined with anti-inflammatory ingredients. This will help exfoliate the skin and stimulate cell turnover by ensuring dead cells (which often block pores) are sloughed away, keeping your complexion clear of any build-up. Toners really help to protect against any inflammation from exfoliation – and glycolic is especially good if you’re after a formula that targets ageing. If you suffer with particularly sensitive or dry skin, opt for alcohol-free hydrating toners and ingredients that soothe, calm and nourish the complexion.
It’s A Great Post-Cleanse Step
It’s confusing to know when and where to use a toner in your regime. They should come after you’ve cleansed and exfoliated but before you apply your first serum. This is so that any actives from your serums and moisturiser are then better absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin.
The Best Results Come From Daily Use
Consistency is key in any skincare regime, so if you start incorporating a toner, stick to it. They can be used morning and evening, especially as most formulas are gentler now, too. They’ll gradually work to remove dead skin cell build-up and open the doors and channels for all your products to penetrate more easily. Having said that, if you’re using a very drying toner (for oily or acne-prone skin), it’s best to opt for every other day and increase your usage as your skin adjusts.
They're 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, making them easier to use than ever before. Some even come as essences, which are designed to be splashed on quickly and washed off straight away – they’re minimal faff, so ideal if you’re someone that prefers a speedy routine.
See our edit of the best toners to try below…
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