Sunday, August 10, 2014

Do I really need to use a toner?

I use a cleanser and a moisturizer every day, morning and night. Do I really need to use a toner?

Yes, I believe you do need to use a toner and here’s why. Whenever you cleanse your skin, even with a quality product (one that is not stripping your skin like soap does), you are slightly disrupting the skin’s pH balance, while removing some oil and water from the surface. Your skin in normally acidic (about 5.5 on the pH scale) and this acid state helps keep bacteria away. This is the way nature intended your skin to be.

So by cleansing you are slightly disrupting this natural balance and you want to restore that acid mantle back to the surface of your skin. Toners are (or should be) acidic. Therefore using a toner after you cleanse helps to rebalance the skin and replace the acid mantle. Also, toners are primarily water, so using one helps to superficially hydrate the skin as well. After using your cleanser and toner, you are ready to use a hydrating cream (moisturizer).
Some of you may be using toners thinking you are tightening or even shrinking your pores. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It is physiologically impossible to shrink the pores. Toners that have alcohol or other drying agents in them cause your skin to swell slightly, giving you the feeling of tightening. But actually these drying agents (especially alcohol) will strip the skin and eventually cause dehydration—making your skin feel dry. Toners prepare the skin for moisturizing, they do not alter the structure of the skin.

So the answer to the question, “Do I really need to use a toner?” is an emphatic yes!  

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