Toner is often listed as a crucial part of any strong skincare game, but there’s still some confusion about what it is. The name might even make you think of the harsh astringents of your youth. It’s time to clear up those misconceptions. Toner is simpler than you might expect: It’s designed to hydrate the skin while also gently exfoliating dead skin cells. Here’s what you need to know about incorporating it into your routine.
Why Use Toner?
You might be thinking that other elements of your skincare routine, such as your cleanser and moisturizer, do some of the same things as a toner—so why add another step? The answer is that toner helps prepare your skin for the steps that follow, like serums and moisturizers that work best on damp skin. Using toner helps create a smoother, cleaner surface so you get the full benefits of other products.
How to Use Toner Effectively
Like any skincare product, toner works best when it’s used correctly. Below is a step-by-step walkthrough to help you get the best results:
- When to use toner: Apply toner after you finish cleansing your face. Applying it while your skin is still wet will allow the product to penetrate the surface better.
- How to apply toner: Toner can be misted directly onto the face or onto your hands. Whichever application method you prefer, always follow up by patting it into the skin gently with your fingertips. Avoid using cotton balls or pads because they can absorb the product.
- What to do after using toner: Once your skin feels hydrated but not wet, apply your serums, moisturizers, and other products as you normally would. Choosing serums and moisturizers that amplify the toner’s hydrating properties of toner are a great choice for plumping skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines, and leaving you with a dewy glow. You can also use spray toners throughout the day to refresh and rehydrate your skin.
What Type of Toner Should You Use?
The type of toner that you should use depends on two factors: your skin type and the concerns you want to address. In general, try to avoid toners that list alcohol as a main ingredient. These are more likely to strip the skin and leave it dry, especially if you’re already dealing with dryness or sensitivity.
For oily or blemish-prone skin
Salicylic acid is often used to unclog pores and remove excess oil, but tea tree oil and peppermint oil provide similar benefits. Always pair these cleansing ingredients with a hydrating toner to prevent stripping and use a deeply hydrating moisturizer afterward to ward off that dry, tight feeling. Our Sea Minerals Mist contains Undaria seaweed and glycerin to provide hydration and a dewy finish.
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For textured skin
Hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs) remove dead skin cells, which often make pores look larger and contribute to pronounced skin texture. Glycolic acid is a common example of this ingredient type.
For dull, dehydrated skin
Choose a toner with hydrating and plumping properties to reveal dewy, brighter-looking skin. Our multi-tasking Sea Minerals Mist is ideal for all skin types. It also uses aloe and hyaluronic acid, which are naturally powerful moisture magnets that give skin a plump, radiant appearance.