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What Is Toner And Do I Need One?

what does toner do

Toning seems to be the one step in a skincare routine that has the most people baffled. What is toner? What does toner do? Should I use it? Which one is right for my skin? We answer all of your burning questions and take a look into the different uses of facial toner to help you decide if you need one in your routine.  

What is face toner? 

Toner may look like water, but it’s so much more than that. It can contain hydrators, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and acids that hydrate and cleanse, and prepare the skin for the next steps of your skincare routine. 

What does toner do? 

Toner benefits the skin in a number of ways: 

  • Astringent: Toner works as an astringento remove excess oil and tone pores after cleansing 
  • Refreshing: Toner can refresh the skin after cleansing 
  • Spritzing: Toner can rehydrate and brighten  
  • Priming: Toner primes the skin for the next steps of your skincare routine and can help to set makeup  

Essentially, your toner works in conjunction with the rest of your routine to perform additional functions, including providing extra hydration, removing remaining traces of dirt, and balancing oils post-cleansing.  

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How to use toner 

Toner should be applied onto dry skin after cleansing. It can either be spritzed directly onto the skin, or applied onto a cotton pad then swept over the face and neck. Wait 2 minutes before applying serum and moisturiser.  

Avoid toners with high levels of alcohol 

Small amounts of natural ether alcohols are perfectly fine for the skin, and will have little if any effect on your natural oil balance. Some toners however rely on high amounts of alcohol as an active astringent, which can be very drying on the skin if used frequently. 

How to choose the best toner for your skin type 

Now you know what toner does, you’re no doubt desperate to find one to suit your skin needs. Our guide will help…

  1. Best toner for oily and combination skin 
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    Best toner for oily and combination skin 

    Toning is particularly beneficial for oily skin, as it can help to balance the natural oils after cleansing. Our suggestion is to stick to natural ingredientsas many toners contain strong synthetic astringents that can over strip the skin of oils.  

    The Sukin Clarifying Facial Tonic is perfect is for oily and combination skin! A blend of White Tea and Quince Extracts help to revitalise oily skin, tighten pores, refine skin texture, and limit shine, while antioxidant-rich Pomegranate and Bilberry Extracts promote a balanced complexion, and Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Cucumber Extracts help to soothe and calm. 

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  2. Best toner for dry skin 
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    Best toner for dry skin 

    If you have dry skinthen a toner can help to infuse the skin with extra moisture after cleansing, keeping the complexion looking plump and bright throughout the day.   

    The Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner blends Chamomile with Rosewater to help soothe, purify and cool, while keeping dry skin hydrated.  

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  3. Best toner for acne 
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    Best toner for acne 

    Toner can also help to banish blemishes naturally, assuming it’s filled with the right bacteria-fighting ingredients. 

    The Sukin Pore Perfecting Toner is formulated with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil to purify the skin, Willowherb to help reduce the prevalence of acne-causing bacteria on the skin, and Quince to refine pores and skin texture, while also limiting shine! 

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