Some people make the mistake of using a cleanser as a toner. A toner’s job is to remove excess oil or dirt that may be left on your face after cleansing, as well as to shrink your pores and restore your skin’s pH balance which eventually adds a layer of protection to your skin. Some toners include moisturizing ingredients which help your skin to be radiant and fresh. Toners containing glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs and also exfoliate. Utilization of a toner should be done twice a day (morning and night) after cleansing. It is used by putting some drops of the solution on a cotton pad and applying to your face in a circular manner without rinsing it off after. The end goal of using a toner is to make your skin appear flawless, matte and hydrated.
Choosing the best toner for your skin type:
Normal skin- normal skin is relatively easy to maintain. Look for a toner that has any of these ingredients; aloe Vera, chamomile extract, cucumber extract.
Aging/Dry skin: choose toners that are hydrating and moisturizing, essential oils with hydrating and soothing properties are also important. Look for products that have peptides, glycolipids, rose hips seed oil or jojoba oil. Avoid products that contain alcohol, mineral oil and sodium.
Oily skin: choose toners that are refreshing and gentle for the skin. Avoid toners that are saturated with alcohol, these toners will dry out your skin causing your skin to produce even more oil. Use products that contain oil-free ingredients like aloe Vera, tea tree and witch hazel.
Sensitive skin- pick mild toners that are completely free of alcohol and acids. Use toners including ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and that have antioxidants like sea whip, white tea extract, and glycerin. Avoid products that contain alcohol, synthetic dyes and fragrances.
Want to make your own toner? Check out our tried DIY options below:
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND ROSE WATER
Add 2 tablespoons of rose water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar helps balance the pH level of your skin. The rose water is mild hydrating agent and also soothes irritated skin.
- PEPPERMINT TEA AND LEMON
Peppermint tea contains menthol and salicylic acid that exfoliate skin and also work as an astringent. The cooling sensation of menthol further provides relief from inflammation and rashes of acne. Lemon, on the other hand, helps to remove excess oil from your face and also reduces the production of sebum.
Make a cup of hot peppermint tea and allow it sit for 2-3 minutes before removing the tea bag before adding a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to it.
- CUCUMBER EXTRACT
Cucumbers serve well as natural toners, especially for oily skin. They help to hydrate your skin, without turning it oily. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamins A and C and essential minerals, which give a healthy boost to your skin. Cucumbers also leave a cooling sensation, refreshing your tired skin.
Slice a cucumber into a saucepan and add 1 ½ cups of water to it, let it boil for 8 minutes. Leave for few minutes then blend, sieve the mixture to get the extract out.
- GREEN TEA AND ALOE VERA GEL
The antioxidants found in green tea help tighten pores and get rid of toxins from your skin. Combining it with aloe vera gel forms a gentle yet effective toner for dry and flaky skin. The aloe vera gel helps in the regeneration of skin while also shielding it against pathogens. Combine 2 tablespoons of brewed green tea and 2 tablespoons of aleo vera gel to get your toner.