Facial toners in the past were notorious for being extremely harsh and drying for the skin because of its high alcohol content. In those days, such astringent toners were used as part of skin care routine to remove any traces of make up or dirt and oil after cleansing the face.
These days, facial toners are formulated to not only remove traces of dirt and oil from the face, they also contain skin-soothing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and witch hazel to calm the skin.
Toner formulations have improved over the years such that they are no longer used exclusively by people with oily skin and enlarged pores. In this article, we list 5 benefits of including a facial toner in your skin care routine.
Replaces lost moisture in dry skin
Many facial toners are now designed to contain very little or no alcohol so that it doesn’t dry your skin further. Some of them contain rosewater, witch hazel to calm red, inflamed skin.
Hyaluronic acid is sometimes added for some serious deep hydration for moisture-starved skin.
When choosing a facial toner for dry skin, make sure that it doesn’t contain any sulfates, soaps, or dyes which may potentially dry your skin even more.
Restores pH balance of the skin
The optimal pH level of skin is between 4.7 and 5.75. When facial cleansers are first used to wash off the debris and oil, it may temporarily raise the pH level of the skin. For cleansers that have pH level of about 9 and above, these are usually very drying and may strip the essential lipids from the face.
This is where a good toner comes into play. A good toner helps to immediately rebalance the pH level of the skin so that it does not become a hotbed for acne bacteria to grow.
Shrinking and tightening of pores
While facial toners don’t exactly help to shrink and minimise the pores, they are very useful to remove any last traces of dirt and debris that may be lodged in the pores. With the pores cleaned and with a less oily appearance, it gives people the impression that the pores are smaller and face has become smoother.
Infuses antioxidant benefits to the skin
Some facial toners may contain powerful doses of antioxidants to boost skin health. Other than performing its basic function of removing excess grime and sebum, some toners infused with antioxidants such as vitamin E or C can improve skin health and protect the skin against oxidative stress.
Improve efficacy of other products
By dampening the skin with a toner, it softens the skin barrier and improves the skin’s ability to absorb skin care products which you will probably will apply after the toner. Toners that contain hyaluronic acid and glycerin in particular, have the ability to attract and draw moisture into the skin. Radium’s Natural Hot Spring Water is one such facial toner that contains hyaluronic acid and powerful nutrients.
This means that by apply a thin layer of facial toner with hyaluronic acid, it prepares the skin to absorb more nutrients into the skin as compared to applying products on a bare skin.