The short answer? No.
The Beauty Brains sum it up pretty well, ‘a skin toner is kind of like your appendix, you have one, but your body doesn’t really use it!’
In the days of yore, when cleansers were harsh and raised your skin’s pH, toners were essential. They would restore said pH. You can learn more about your skin’s pH here.
Today’s well formulated gentle cleansers don’t wreck havoc on your skin which makes facial toner a great, but not essential skin care product to have.
If you have very oily skin, that feels oily even after cleansing, then you using a toner should be an essential part of your routine.
Now, just because you don’t need a facial toner does not mean you shouldn’t want a toner. If you really want the extra step in your skin care routine, today’s toners are amazing enough to make you dance a jig in the store. Well formulated with antioxidants, glycerin, fatty acids and ceramides, they can contribute to healthy skin.
If you’re itching to go toner shopping, I have three tips for you:
- Avoid alcohol based formulas. If the formula has alcohol, keep it far away from your skin. Alcohol may dry and irritate the skin. When the skin is irritated, cortisol – the stress hormone is triggered and stimulates the sebaceous glands. This produces excess oil. The end result? Breakouts.
- Avoid fragrance. If the formula is water, glycerin or glycol based but has a lot of fragrance, you may want to keep it far away from your skin too. Synthetic or natural fragrances, essential oils and fragrant plant extracts can also irritate the skin.
- Well formulated water based toners are the way to go. The formula should have great ingredients like antioxidants, cell communicators and skin repairing substances.
Quick tip! If you get back home after a long day and find that you’ve run out of toner, cool green tea will make a great substitute for the night. The caffeine and tannins in the tea will tighten your skin, reducing any puffiness you may have.
What are some of your favorite toners? Do you even bother with a toner?