While beauty gurus have been raging about the ideal cleanse-tone-moisturise regimen for years now, toners are possibly one of the most under-appreciated skin care products, sitting idle and accumulating dust in the corner of our top shelves. But you'd be surprised to learn about the many benefits toners have that can truly make them a skin care staple in your beauty regimen.
Thou shalt not apply moisturiser without applying a toner first
There are different toners meant for different skin types. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin—there's a toner out there for you.
Prep your skin for your moisturiser by applying a toner first.
Thou shalt use toners to shrink thy pores and minimise breakouts
Because of their cleansing agents that clear the skin, toners keep pimples at bay. Choosing a toner that is pH balanced will clear excess oil from your skin without stripping it down—meaning it will cleanse the dirt and tighten your pores at the same time. If you are in your mid or late 20s and worried about enlarged pores, incorporate a good toner in your routine and religiously apply it day and night.
Thou shalt use it as a pre-moisturiser
Some toners are formulated with moisturising agents especially meant for dry skin. In addition to a good moisturiser, investing in a moisturing toner should also be prioritised by those with dry skin.
Thou shalt cleanse and gently exfoliate
Toners are excellent at getting rid of that leftover grime and dirt off your skin. They gently exfoliate the skin by removing sebum (an oily secretion) and dirt from the pores.
Thou shalt use it to prep thy skin before applying a mask
The glycolic acid in the toners removes the surface debris of the skin, preparing it for deeper penetration of the mask.
Thou shalt apply it to prevent ingrown hairs
Toners that contain glycolic or any alpha hydroxy acids ward off ingrown hairs. If you are shaving your under arms or legs, applying toner after the deed is done will soothe irritated skin and minor razor burns, while preventing ingrown hairs.
Thou shalt apply a toner in the morning and the evening
As is with any other skin care products, you really have to commit and be patient to see results.
To get the best results, apply a toner in the morning and before you hit the sack right after you have cleansed your face at night, underneath your moisturiser.
Title: 5 best toners within your reach
1. Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 90% Toner
This one is on the top of our list. Cleansing, soothing and moisturising—it does it all.
2. Simple Soothing Facial Toner
Ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin, this toner takes off heavy eye makeups and foundation in one go.
3. The Body Shop Pomegranate Invigorating Toner
A very mild toner, ideal to take off the leftover makeup and also moisturise the skin. Warning: It could make you look a few years younger if applied daily.
4. MAC Mineralize Charged Water
If you're battling dull and dry skin, this toner is for you. It will instantly freshen your skin up, adding a nice dewy glow.
5. Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
As the name suggests, it is another mild formulation that will cleanse and tone your skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
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