How Facial Toner Works and Why It’s Worth Using

Have you ever heard of facial toners or wondered how they can be beneficial to your skincare routine? Read on to learn all about the different kinds of toners, the benefits of toners, and which one is right for you.

Benefits of Facial Toner

Toners are used to balance and moisture skin following cleansing. They can also help to minimize the appearance of pores, remove oil and dirt, and temporarily visibly tighten the skin. Overall adding a quality toner to your everyday skincare routine can be very beneficial.

Balances Your Skin After Cleansing

Some cleansers can be drying as they over strip the skin. Applying a toner following cleansing can help your skin, keeping it from feeling uncomfortably dry and tight.

Hydrates Your Skin

Because facial toners are water-based, they are ideal for helping bring moisture back to the skin following cleansing. Many toners also include extra hydrating ingredients to help bind water to the skin for a visibly hydrated glow.

Refreshes Your Skin

Beginning and ending your daily skincare routine with toner is a refreshing way to moisturize the skin. Plus, it feels great!

Reduces Visible Irritation

Toners that are botanically sourced can help temporarily reduce the appearance of redness and/or discomfort.

Helps Remove Oil and Makeup

Toners can help reduce visible breakouts by removing excess dirt and impurities from the skin.

Types of Toners

There are many different types of toners. The two that we are focusing on are AHA  and BHA toners. Both AHA and BHA are exfoliating acids that are used to help benefit different skin types.

AHA Toners

What are AHA Toners?

AHA stands for alpha-hydroxy acid which can be derived from plant sources such as sugar cane. AHAs are usually best for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin since they can enhance the natural moisture within the skin.

There are many different AHA toners that are used in skincare products today, including glycolic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid.

How do they work?

AHAs work by peeling away surface dead skin cells to reveal fresh and vibrant skin cells beneath. They achieve this by weakening the bonds between the cells in the uppermost layer of the skin, causing them to slough off.

Benefits of AHAs      

There are many benefits that AHAs offer. First, they target all areas of the skin, including the exfoliation of the epidermis. AHAs also have been known to help stimulate the appearance of collagen production, making them a great option for those who wish to visibly soften the look of fine lines.

BHA Toners

What are BHA Toners?

BHA stands for beta-hydroxy acid, which is an organic carboxylic acid that works on the skin’s surface. BHAs are ideal for normal to oily skin that is prone to large pores, blemishes, and clogs.

Common BHA exfoliants include salicylic acid, betaine salicylate, and salix alba or willow bark extract.

How do they work?

BHAs exfoliate the surface of the skin to loosen dead skin cells. BHA penetrates the skin’s surface to exfoliate the inside of the pores, allowing oil to flow more freely and removing excess buildup of dead skin cells and oil that can lead to clogged pores.

Benefits of BHAs      

BHAs offer skin-calming properties, making them ideal for sensitive skin types, including those with rosacea. They are also great for fighting bacteria that can lead to acne and blemishes, so those with acne or acne-prone skin are great candidates.

Recommended Products

AHA Toner: Rebalance & Rewind Vegan Collagen Mist Toner

Our Rebalance & Rewind Toner is great for achieving a radiant, balanced appearing complexion. This toner contains powerful antioxidants, AHAs, and plant-derived collagen while also keeping the skin looking moisturized. It is great for sensitive skin types looking to combat signs of aging.

BHA Toner: Clarify Exfoliating Astringent

Our Clarify Exfoliating Astringent is great for exfoliating away dirt and excess oil while  minimizing the appearance of large pores. It is recommended for normal, oily, and congested skin types.

Frequently Asked Questions About Facial Toners

What are the benefits of using facial toner?

Using a facial toner as part of your daily skincare routine is a great way to moisturize, as well as rid the skin of excess dirt and oil.

Who should be using a toner?

Almost anyone can use a toner, including those with oily skin, dry skin, and everyone in between!

How to pick a facial toner?

The best way to choose a facial toner is to pick one that is right for your skin type. Check the ingredients to ensure that the toner does not contain drying ingredients such as alcohol, artificial fragrances, or parabens. Plant-based and natural ingredients such as green tea, aloe vera, and witch hazel are ideal.

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