4 Ways to Use Your Toner
Post-cleanse, toner can be used as a re-hydrator, particularly if you’re using a cleanser with astringent or chemically exfoliating properties (think retinols, citrus oils, or tea tree). Great skin is all about balance — so if your cleansing routine generally leaves you with a zapped lipid layer or thirsty skin post-cleanse, opt for an ultra hydrating toner with micro-beads of essential oils. Rose essential oil delivered through a floral water is an ideal option (starring in our Flower Water Toner, to provide a shot of antioxidants and essential fatty acids).
Post exfoliation, go in with a generous toner application. Any remaining dead skin cells which have been sloughed off, either manually or through acid exfoliation, will be rinsed away. It’s important to use toner post-exfoliation to remove traces of dirt and makeup, which can re-clog pores and trigger breakouts when left on the epidermal layer.
PRO TIP: Some exfoliants can leave you with a disrupted PH balance and lipid layer. Apply a toner during the post-exfoliation stage to regulate your skin’s PH levels and moisture homeostasis, so that it doesn’t become agitated or dried out.
Toner can also be used in tandem with your favorite sheet mask or clay mask, as a booster to prime and hydrate skin for maximum absorption of the mask’s active ingredients. Or, for a DIY toner mask hack, choose a gentle and ultra moisturizing toner (think aloe water, floral water, coconut water, and seaweed). Next, thoroughly soak a cotton pad with toner, before ‘sticking’ it on your face (imagine you’re wallpapering your face, ensuring every corner lies flat against all creases and curves of your face). Focus on dry and redness-prone areas, and leave your ‘toner mask’ on for fifteen minutes, for ultra hydrated and plumped pores
For a super dewy glow, try patting a bit of toner on the highest part of cheek bone, as the last step in your makeup application. The H2O will set your foundation and give you a super fresh and natural sheen, to take the ‘cakey’ edge off heavier foundation finishes.
The takeaway on toners? These are multi-functional skin-care tools, which should be treated as a supporting star in your daily and weekly skin rituals. Try a variety of smart and skin-loving strategies to reap the full benefits of this hydrating skin care hero!