When I ask my clients if they tone..the answer is almost always NO. Or they say I don’t because it dries out my skin, or they are using one to purposely dry out their skin. Which may be true if you choose one that is for oily skin, or an astringent, or alcohol based toner. I honestly don’t recommend those for any skin types because it can dry out the skin, throw off the ph balance, and cause irritation.
Toners are meant to remove excess oil, makeup, dirt, debris from skin, but they shouldn’t remove necessary oils! Now they have definitely evolved and there are so many options out there. The right toner can give your skin a healthy dose of what it needs to look refreshed, younger, smoother, and shouldn’t be overlooked in your regimen.
"The skin's barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria," explains Patricia Wexler, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. "To work its best, the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance. When it's too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive; you may even get eczema. You may also experience inflammation, which inhibits the skin's ability to ward off matrix metalloproteinases [MMPs], the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging." Women’s health magazine
This is why I recommend water- soluable or glycerin based toners, such as floral water or citrus fruits because they are gentle and won’t throw off your ph balance.
**Just an fyi fact**
Cetyl alcohol is not alcohol
“It is a Fatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other ingredients. Can be derived naturally, as in coconut fatty alcohol, or synthetically. It is not an irritant and is not related to SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, or ethyl alcohol.” (Paula’s choice)
If you see this in a toner or skincare product you don’t have to shy away from it.
***BIG TIP ALERT**
One main point that I would like to bring to your attention about a toner is that it will not only add antioxidants, condition the skin, help with anti aging, or any concerns on the skin, but it acts as a humectant on the skin. This means that when you apply your serums or moisturizers after a toner it pulls your products much deeper into the skin!!!!! You also use a lot less of your products, which is a bonus because you save money!!
Which one should you choose?
Treatment or a mist??
My answer: BOTH ;)
It depends on your skin type and main concern! But if you are looking to minimize pores or lighten as well as hydrate. You can use your mist first and then your treatment toner right after. (which I do ) OR if that is too much for you, use one am and one pm. Or mist throughout the day when you feel dry and dehydrated. Or use treatment toner mainly and the mist a few times a week. You have options!!
You can’t really go wrong with toners if they are formulated correctly and you are using the proper one for your skin!!! Have fun and mist away!!!!
Here are a few of my favorites
Treatment toners – they prep the skin, but also have active ingredients to lighten, brighten, pore minimize, help with blemishes, etc
Hydrating mists- add moisture, prep the skin for products, soothe, smell amazing, and help with product penetration. These are going to be your glycerin or water-soluble toners.