What Is The Purpose of Toners?
The purpose of toners is often misunderstood; many, feel that cleansing skin alone should suffice enough. While cleansing does a pretty good job in removing makeup and dirt on the surface level—toners go that extra mile and penetrate deeper to remove from within.
Toners can also help shrink the appearance of large pores and minimize shine. Those with oily or acne prone skin are especially prone to become victims of. The larger the sizes of one’s pores are, the more amount of oil comes to the surface. With nowhere to go, it becomes a breeding ground for acne.
Now not all skincare is one size fits all, while most toners are geared more toward this combating oily skin or acne breakouts; those with dry skin or normal skin can benefit from toners that are filled with humectants (i.e. aloe vera, rosewater and essential oils).
Learn about the 5 Best Toners that will help improve the health of your skin, all under $20!
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Understanding Your Skin's PH
Everything in nature carries a PH Level (potential hydrogen). This scale ranges from 1-14 with range
- 1-6 Ranks as Acidic
- 7 Neutral (Water)
- 8-14 Ranks as Alkaline
Now the surface of our skin normally carries a more acidic ph level, with a number hovering around 5-6. Toners have this unique ability to re-calibrate PH levels and promote a sense of equilibrium. Keeping skin at this ideal level, helps prevent bacteria from festering on skin and wreaking havoc on your quest to reach a clearer complexion.
Now there are different types of toners based on specific needs
- Astringents often have stronger ingredients (i.e. alcohols) to break through oil
- Toners can also come in the form of mists (more naturally based toners use this method to dispense product.
This list of best toners are largely targeted toward those with oily skin; however, there are plenty that those with normal or dry skin can benefit from as well!
Toners Product Recommendations
Rose Water Toner (100% Organic Natural Moroccan Rosewater)
There’s nothing quite like the smell of a fresh bouquet roses. This product has no alcohols, glycerin or other added ingredients to irritate even the most of sensitive skins. It helps clear away acne causing bacteria and help add in moisture back to skin that intense cleansers can strip away. With vitamins such as A, C, D, your skin will absorb these nutrients easily because of its water based formula. Its easy spray top design allows you to spray onto cotton pad to remove makeup or you can mist all over for a refreshing pick me up. Now typically toners are used at night, but I love to mist this all over my face in the morning if I don’t have time to cleanse. It can also double as setting spray to prevent caking or separation of makeup throughout your busy day!
Orange Blossom Water Face Toner
I’m all for facial products that include any form of citric ingredients because they are the best multitaskers (they are great for anit-aging, acne and brightening skin). This product utilizes natural floral water that are purified for the full benefits. The one thing I love most about this product is the scent; it really is refreshingly sweet and leaves my skin feeling restored. It is absorbed very quickly and has even shrunk the size of my pores over time.
COST: $ 12.12
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
This product incorporates Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Acids to reduce the appearance of pores and even the appearance of fine lines over time. In fact Glycolic Acid is the 3rd ingredient, which means you know it takes up a large volume of the product—no fillers! What I like most about this product is how sensitive it is for skin; I was able to place it directly over my eye and didn’t even flinch because of how gentle it is. As far as the pore minimization is concerned, I could even notice the shrinkage the next day, so the results are pretty long term!
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Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner
For starters I am a strong advocate of using witch hazel in any skin care regime—whether you have oily, combination or dry skin—this product will change your life. Due to the fact that I have extremely oily skin I love to use this product in the morning before applying makeup and at night after cleansing, not only does it remove so much gunk, it doesn’t dry out my skin whatsoever! I really like this formulation because it is 100% natural toner and has been distilled for the utmost quality! The smell may be a little offsetting for some but it quickly fades! It also helps doubles as an aftershave to reduce the appearance of ingrown hairs and irritation from razor burn!
COST: $ 4.99
Teddie Organics Rose Water Facial Toner
Another rose based product to add to your skin care regime! This product is 100% pure and organic rose water without added alcohols or fragrances to irritate even the most sensitive skin. I really love the scent of fresh rose water; this product smells like I distilled the roses myself! I like that this product can be easily dispersed with its nozzle spray that allows you to refresh throughout the day (especially with these scorching temperatures!) If you’re dealing with the effects of harsh acne medications, rose water is a great anti-inflammatory soothing agent for sensitive skin as well.
COST: $ 10.88