Why You Might Need Toner For Your Face

I'm pretty set in my ways when it comes to my nighttime beauty routine. I use makeup remover wipes to get rid of the mascara remnants, wash my face, then apply moisturizer generously. However one day, my friend told me how much she loved using toner for her skin so I bought it for myself. I mean I've never really used the product, but then I started to wonder do you actually need toner? I've heard many great reviews, but I wasn't really sure if toner was necessary or not. But, after researching the many benefits, I may become a convert yet!

Why? Well dermatologist Dr. Hadley Kin told Today that it's actually the secret to having healthy skin. On top of minimizing your pores, moisturizing your face, and restoring your pH balance, toner also acts as a second cleanser, getting rid of any extra dirt and grime that may be left behind. Dr. Kin explained, "Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sun screen."

Dr. Marnie B. Nussbaum told the Huffington Post, "toners are not necessary, but they can be a great adjunct to a skincare regimen for those that need help with oily skin or markedly plugged pores. My main use for toners are in my acne patients."

Toner isn't absolutely essential, but if you have skin that is more acne-prone or you want that extra clean feeling, then having one in your makeup cabinet is something you should consider. But how are you supposed to use it? Just take a couple of cotton balls or pads, apply toner on them, and then sweep across your face. You can do this in both the morning and the evening.

In case I've convinced you to run down to your nearest beauty supply store to buy a bottle of toner, here are some options for you to try.

1. Rosewater Toner

Poppy Austin 100% Pure Rose Water Facial Toner,, $19.49

I absolutely love rosewater for its cleansing and restoring properties. Using it as a toner can help keep your face hydrated.

2. DIY Toner

Choice Organic Premium Japanese Green Tea, 16 Count Box,, $2.79

If you want to make your own toner, skin care specialist Mila Moursi told Into The Gloss, "For all skin types, I’d suggest a green-tea toner: make one cup of green tea, add half a teaspoon of honey. Mix well. After the mixture’s cooled, add three drops of jasmine essential oil and pour into an airtight bottle. There’s your toner!" Well, that sounds good to me!

3. Alcohol-Free Toner

Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera,, $12.25

Although using alcohol-based toners might be good for oily skin and for those who wish to clean out the bacteria on their face, most dermatologists recommend using water-based toners to avoid drying out your skin.

4. Extra Moisturizing Toner

Shea Butter Gentle Toner,, $24

After using body butter to get a dewy look, I'm almost convinced that it's the only thing you'll need for extra moisture. Try using a toner with shea butter to give your pores that extra glow.

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