5 Reasons to include face toner in your skincare routine
Date Posted:10 January 2022
Is a natural face toner missing from your skincare regime? If you have never used one before, here are 5 reasons why a face toner is important for glowing skin. As always, we recommend you use natural or organic toner wherever possible, without alcohol.
What does a toner do for your face?
Toner is a runny, watery skincare product that was traditionally used to remove excess oil from the skin – specifically for those who have acne. These toners were often full of alcohol and were quite drying on the skin. Now, a toner is usually a lot gentler and contains soothing, anti-aging and hydrating ingredients. A toner helps remove the last bits of grime and impurities from the skin after cleansing, while also nourishing and replenishing the skin. Aside from hydrating and cleansing toners, there are also tanning toners that you can use to actively improve the appearance of your complexion. Eco Tan face water is an organic liquid tanning solution that slowly tans the skin on your face and neck. Eco Tan face water works like a regular toner and has a similar consistency. You can apply Eco Tan Face Water every couple of days to match your face to your body or to even your complexion and reduce the need for foundation and makeup.
Is Face toner necessary?
No. You don’t have to use a face toner to clean your face properly. Removing makeup and cleansing with a cleanser twice a day is sufficient to keep your skin clean. However, a face toner can level up your skincare routine as it can help prevent things like clogged pores and acne by really purifying the skin. A toner is also great for priming the skin for serums and moisturisers that come next – helping them work more efficiently to produce better results.
Can I use face toner everyday?
Yes! You can use a toner after you cleanse every day, but this depends on your skin type. If you have sensitive or dry skin, we recommend adding a toner every second day and building up towards daily use. If you have congested or acne-prone skin, we suggest adding a toner to your morning and night routine. You can work up towards using a toner twice a day if you feel your skin responds well to it. You might also like to use a toning mist after you apply makeup and throughout the day to keep your skin clean and hydrated.
1. Remove excess makeup and grime
After cleansing, there can often be residual makeup and grime that is not entirely removed during the process. Use a face toner after cleansing by applying a small amount to a cotton pad and gently wiping over the face in circular motions. Any excess dirt or make-up will be effectively removed, reducing the potential for breakouts due to clogged pores. When choosing the right toner for purifying the skin, you’ll need to be mindful of those with alcohol. Toner with alcohol content can dry out the skin even more, which in turn may contribute to oily skin. The best formula for a purifying toner is liquid that you use on a cotton pad rather than a mist.
2. Balance the skin pH
As part of the cleansing process, oils in the skin are removed. One important role of a toner is to restore the skin’s natural pH level. This helps to maintain blemish-free skin, as the skin does not need to overproduce oil to try and compensate for the changes in pH. Sassy Organics' favourite toner for balancing the skin is the Vanessa Megan Rose Hydrosol Toner. Organic rose water controls and balances sebum production, which makes this hydrosol perfect for both dry and oily skin. It can also balance and restore the skin's pH while helping tighten the pores.
3. Tightens pores
When washing the face, the idea is to use warm water and a natural cleanser to open and clean out the pores. After this step, using a toner helps to close the pores, which not only improves the skin's appearance but also stops the moisturiser from clogging pores. As mentioned, organic rose water can be great for regulating the pores. Every Bit Organic’s organic rose water can be used on a cotton wool pad to gently cleanse the skin and help maintain your pores’ heath.
4. A deeper hydration post moisturising
Rather than applying moisturiser onto dry skin after cleansing, applying after using a toner allows the moisturiser to penetrate the skin more effectively. Moist skin helps the cream absorb rather than simply sitting on the surface. The bonus is that you will generally need less moisturiser when applied after toning versus on dry skin, making what can sometimes be an expensive item last much longer. Sassy Organics stocks some of the best natural toners, which are chemical-free, cruelty-free and vegan.
5. To refresh
Another benefit of toner is that it can be used at any time to refresh and hydrate. During the summer months, spritzing the face with a face mist toner throughout the day can be cooling and refreshing, while during winter months, a hydrating face mist can help to restore and balance skin that is feeling dry and tight from indoor heating. A face mist is a great way to take care of your skin throughout the day – protecting it from the extremities and hydrating it
Best toner for dry skin
If you are looking for the best toner for dry skin, choosing an alcohol-free formula is a good place to start, as alcohol tends to dry out the skin even more. The best toner for dry skin is one with natural ingredients such as aloe vera and organic rose water as these help hydrate and nourish dry skin. We reckon the La Mav Rose hydrating mist is the best toner for dry skin as it’s full of superfoods and vitamin C. Looking for toner for sensitive skin? The best toner for sensitive skin is one that is cooling and calming. The Pure Papaya Care Skin Aid is a calming blend of papaya, calendula & licorice root extract to relieve discomfort, soothe inflammation & nourish the skin making it a great toner for sensitive skin.
Best toner for oily skin
The best toner for oily skin may contain willow bark, an excellent natural anti-microbial that can help to prevent bacteria build-up and breakouts. Witch hazel is another ingredient that may be used in the best toner for oily skin as it helps to close the pores, assisting at keeping impurities at bay. The best toner for oily skin is one that is not too drying and stringent. Toners that contain alcohol can cause more breakouts by drying the skin and disrupting your skin’s natural oils.