Toners - What’s the Actual Point? - Lumoir

Toners - What’s the Actual Point?

Don’t you remember the old school Proactiv commercials that told us that with 3 steps their products were going to fix all of our teenage acne? We washed our face and then we applied the toner onto a cotton pad and proceeded to apply it to our skin but did we really understand why? Are toners essential? 

In the past, toner was deemed unnecessary, too astringent, and incredibly drying, all of which are definitely not conducive to a radiant and healthy complexion. These days, toners do just the opposite. So the short answer is YES. We are going to answer your questions about why you need to be toning your skin daily.

It sops up every last bit of makeup.

"Toners were originally devised as anextra cleansing step to remove dirt and impuritiesfrom makeup and environmental pollution," explains Dr. Donna Bilu Martin, a Miami-based dermatologist and consultant to Clark's Botanicals. While cleansers have come a long way, there may still be makeup that's left behind, so it's the best and easiest way to ensure you complexion is squeaky clean. 

It balances the pH of your skin.

Your skin’s natural pH is around 5.5. But pollution, oil production, makeup, and alcohol can shift your skin’s state. If your skin is not at a balanced pH level, it becomes prone to the cycle of excessive dryness followed by too much oil production.

It tightens pores and can diminish the look of pores.

Toners clean and tighten pores, which not only makes the skin visibly smoother, but makes it harder for debris to penetrate it. A total win-win.

What to look for in your toner?

  • Alcohol free**
  • Rosewater for hydration
  • Chamomile for soothing
  • Tea tree oil to fight oil and bacteria
  • Aloe vera to calm inflammation and redness
  • Vitamin E for hydration
  • Plant stem cells for antioxidants and anti-aging properties

So, how do I use it now? 

Charlotte Cho, the co-founder of Soko Glam and a licensed esthetician, has the same mindset. "Think of toner as prep for your pores," she tells Allure. As for actual application method, Cho likes to sprinkle toner into her hands and tap it directly onto her skin. However, others prefer to dispense toner onto a cotton pad and gently swipe it around their faces, working outwards, she explains.