After washing our face, most of us use toner without a second thought. But with the wide range of toners now available in the market today, are we still using the right ones? Here are a few tips to help you choose.
1. Know your astringents from your fresheners. There are different types of toners out there, and it helps to know what they’re all about. For example, astringents are recommended for oily skin and are used to remove excess sebum from the face. Meanwhile, fresheners are best for dry skin, as they have moisturizing properties. And one of the biggest differences between these categories is the alcohol content—astringents have a higher alcohol content than fresheners.
There are hydrating, calming, and soothing toners as well. These are great for preparing your skin for the next step of your skincare regimen: moisturizing.
2. Research on the best ingredients for your skin type. While the toners of the past were specifically made to remove excess dirt and residue, today’s formulations may now contain moisturizing or brightening properties. And even if oily skin may not necessarily need those components, those with normal to dry skin can benefit from an extra hydrating boost.
Some common hydrating and calming ingredients include vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, chamomile, rosewater, orange flower water, and glycerin. There are also toners with mattifying and whitening properties available here on BeautyMNL.
3. Go easy on the alcohol. Or fragrances and citrus extracts, for that matter. These ingredients, which are found in many astringents, play a useful role in drying and disinfecting oily skin. However, if they’re present in very high concentrations, they can irritate skin. If you find them too harsh, use a water-based toner instead.
With these tips, we hope that you’ll be able to find the right toner for your face!