You cleanse, you moisturize, but do you tone? If not then you should do your skin a great favor and start today.
Cleansing, as we all know, clears the skin of dirt, makeup, and nasty little bacteria. But what you may not have known is that cleansing (especially with a harsh cleanser) also strips away some of your skin’s natural acidity that is key to maintaining healthy, glowing skin.
Toners will restore natural PH levels in the skin, leaving your skin healthier, vibrant, and younger looking. Toners also aid in skin cell regeneration, which is great for acne sufferers, as scars will be visibly reduced in time.
So when should I use the toner?
You should ideally use a toner right after you cleanse. The toner will finish the work of your slacking cleanser, erasing any more dirt gunk that may have been left behind.
Just note that your toner may dry out your skin, so it’s best to let the toner absorb into your skin and then follow it up with your favorite moisturizer.
Okay… what toner do I use?
Your local drug store will have at least one shelf dedicated to toners, but that’s not your only option.
I personally am a huge fan of do it yourself home remedies, especially when it comes to skincare. So for my toner I went right to the pantry and grabbed the apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids and has a PH level of 3 when diluted, making it ideal for restoring lost acidity in your skin.
But before you start smearing apple cider vinegar on your face, please note that you have to dilute it first! Putting raw apple cider vinegar on your face is sure to yield a nasty reaction.
You can start by mixing 1/4 raw apple cider vinegar and 3/4 filtered or sterile water and apply it to your face with a cotton ball or pad. If the mixture is too harsh, just add more water. Too weak, add more vinegar. Easy as that!
The hardest obstable to overcome is the stench. With this toner you will literally smell like a salad. The benefits completely overshadow the cons, and luckily after a few applications you will become completely nose blind it.
That’s great and all but i’d rather just buy it…
If you do choose to take the drug store or Sephora route, just make sure to read the ingredients carefully and avoid products that are known irritants to your skin.
If you need a little cheat-cheat, Totalbeauty.com has a great run down of 22 toners at varying price points.
Are you going to consider using a toner on your skin? Weigh in in the comments below!