Most of us are likely to be familiar with the ideal skincare routine for all skin types—the CTM routine i.e. the cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine. While most of us use cleanser and moisturizer on a daily basis, it’s also quite common for some of us to skip the middle step, which is the toning routine. This is because there is a lot of ambiguity around what exactly a toner is supposed to do for the skin and what is the right way and right time to use a toner. In today’s post, I’m going to take you through some of the basics of using a toner, why it is important to incorporate this product into our skincare routine, and what the best way to do so is. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about using toners.
What type of toner should you be using>
The first and most important step in figuring out your skincare routine is to identify the toner that will work for your skin type. Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of toners available in the market—cleansing, detoxifying, pore minimizing, hydrating, anti-blemish, balancing, etc.—and each one is suited to a different skin type. For instance, if you have oily skin, then go for a toner that will help control excess sebum, eliminate skin and minimize your pores. Start by identifying the right toner for you.
Some of the best toners available out there:
- The Face Shop Blemish Zero Clarifying Toner
- L’Oreal Hydrafresh Instant Freshness Toning Water
- Fabindia Rose Facial Water
- Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner
- Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner
- The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
- L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Water
- Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water
What is the best time to use a toner?
You can use a toner at any time of the day – morning, evening or night, but the most important thing to keep in mind is to always and only use a toner right after you have cleansed your face. It’s also equally important to finish your skincare routine right after you have applied your toner. Follow up the toner with serum and/or face oil and a moisturizer.
How often should you use a toner?
While there are many benefits of using a toner on your skin, it is important not to overdo it. Using a toner one to two times a day is ideal, or each time you cleanse your skin (which should not be more than twice a day, ideally). However, the answer to this question also depends on the kind of toner that you’re using. For instance, if your skin toner is a hydrating mist (like rose water), you could even use it three to four times a day. But if it is an anti-shine or blemish control toner, then one to two times a day is best.
What is the best way to use a toner?
There are essentially three ways in which you can use a toner. Depending on the formula and the purpose of the toner, you could either use it on a round cotton pad and sweep it across your cleansed skin, or apply it to your face using your fingertips, or spray it onto your skin directly.
What are the benefits of using a toner?
There are many wonderful skin benefits of using a toner. Some of them are:
- It gets rid of all the excess dirt, grime, oil and product on your skin.
- It restores the pH balance of the skin.
- It tightens and minimizes the pores.
- It evens out the skin tone and texture.
- It heals and prevents acne and spots.
- It allows the moisturizer to penetrate the skin better.
- It leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.
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