Looking for a simple way to get a truly radiant appearance, or to boost your acne treatments and get clear skin that lasts? A high-quality toner may be just the trick. However, not all toners are created equal. Just because a specific product is popular or widely available doesn’t mean it can have the same effect as a professional-grade toner.
Let’s take a look at what separates the “meh” from the “wow!” and learn how a great toner can revitalize your skincare routine.
What are Toners and How Do They Work?
Toners can be formulated to address a wide variety of skin needs, from treating acne to balancing pH. In this way, they elevate your daily routine by amplifying the effects of cleansing and protecting skin provided by other products.
After washing your face with a mild cleanser, you apply toner all over your face and neck—keeping your skin damp can help evenly distribute the solution. Based on the type of toner you select, this process can help further cleanse, exfoliate, restore nutrients, or simply help your skin better absorb other products you use.
What to Avoid in Toners
The fact that toners are such a broad category means that there is a wide spectrum between the best and worst toners, and it can be hard to know whether you’re buying an effective product.
One way to rule out products is to check the ingredients. If one of the first few ingredients is an alcohol, this could be a red flag that it will make your skin overly dry. While it does reduce the sebum that can clog pores, alcohol is harsh on the skin and often strips away good compounds that help keep skin hydrated through the day. A natural alternative to alcohol is witch hazel, a compound derived from the witch hazel plant, which is used in Epicuren Discovery’s best-selling Protein Mist Enzyme Toner.
Another warning that a toner may cause harm to your skin is a high concentration of salicylic acid. While in small doses this compound is highly effective at clearing acne, if too much is used it can cause skin irritation, redness, and itching.
Finally, be wary of any synthetic fragrances, which can refer to any of a thousand or so chemicals that companies can sneak into products with the promise of a lux, rich scent. Instead, look for gentle fragrances achieved through including essential oils like lavender, citrus, or cucumber.
What Makes Epicuren Discovery Toners Different?
In addition to avoiding all the problematic formulas mentioned above, Epicuren Discovery’s products are guaranteed cruelty free and sustainably produced. Many of our toners contain natural and organically sourced ingredients.
Also setting Epicuren Discovery apart from mass manufacturers is the decades of pharmaceutical enzyme research that power our most potent skincare products. We craft each formula meticulously, making sure each ingredient and every proportion is balanced to bring you the results you expect from a professional-grade product.
What Toner is Right For Me?
To find out what facial toners are best matched to your needs and skin type, take our Skin Quiz or try one of our best face toners today! Our mission is to give you the most exceptional products with sustainable practices and formulas. Learn more about our story and our products by checking out customer reviews and testimonials.