To Tone or Not To Tone
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With all the different skin serums, anti wrinkle creams, masks and treatments out there, it’s easy to forget the basics of skin care. So for this post, I am going to talk about some of the benefits of using a skin toner.
If I am wearing makeup, I follow three or four steps when it comes to cleansing my face. I start with a makeup remover to break down the makeup on my face, then I move to a facial cleanser and finish of with a toner and then I hydrate with a moisturizer. I have normal to oily combination so it works out well.
There are several different types of toner, some of them are formulated to match your skin type so whether you have dry, combination or oily skin, you can still use a toner. People with oily, combination or acne prone skin will find the most benefits from using an astringent.
When you wash your face, you essentially get rid of most of the dirt and product on your face from the day. Using an astringent will help to ensure that you have gotten everything off of your face, so that last trace of sunscreen or the stubborn bit of makeup that’s still hanging on for it’s dear life will be taken care of by the toner.
A toner can also work as a gentle exfoliant - whisking away dead skin cells that aren’t visible to the eye. Getting rid of those dead skin cells gives your face a little bit of a glow so it does not look as dull. Additionally, toner preps your skin for serums and different types of treatments to soak in.
Some toners have antioxidants in them that help to protect against environmental stressors and also help the skin combat fine lines and wrinkles. They also help to control excess oil (especially in the summer) and over time can minimize the look of pores, tighten the skin and make the overall appearance of your face slightly smoother.
I typically use Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 or 3 for combination to oily skin. I find that good old fashioned witch hazel (a natural astringent) on a cotton ball works well too.
I hope this was helpful! If you guys have any questions please leave a comment down below and I will reach back out to you :)
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