Toners: Is there a difference?
While I’ve been using toners on my face since I started out using skincare, I’ve never actually thought much about it. I just use it because it’s supposed to be part of the cleansing process to clear out the impurities. And over the years, I didn’t really see a lot of difference on days when I’ve forgotten to swipe on the toner.
Then last week I noticed that my skin around my T-zone was getting extra oily and my pores around my cheeks closer to the nose seems to be larger than usual. I stopped to think about what went wrong and realised I had forgotten to use my toner most of the time during that week. If all my routine was the same, I can only think of the lack of proper toning as the cause. Now, that’s funny if you ask me because I’ve never noticed a huge difference in the past when I’ve forgotten that cleansing process.
Could it be because of the particular toner I’m using now?
Well, I’m currently using Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-free Toner, which by the way is a toner also highly recommended by Barbie Hsu (ç¾Žå®¹å¤§çŽ‹å¾ç†™åª›å¤§åŠ›èå¥‘å°”æ°å°é»„ç“œæ¤ç‰©ç²¾åŽåŒ–å¦†æ°´). Before this, I was using Estee Lauder Sparkling Clean for quite awhile.
So I decided to dig around the Net to find out how important is the toner and if there is a difference to toners. This is a gist of what I’ve stumbled upon.
In general, toners fall under two categories. One category is made to remove traces of impurities that your cleanser can’t get rid of and even the remaining traces of your cleanser itself. And there is yet another category that leave behind helpful goodies, like vitamins, minerals and hydrators to nourish the skin.
So toners do not only offer additional deep cleansing of the pores, it actually can serve to hydrate, revitalize, soothe and balance the pH of the skin, literally relaxes and tones the pores preparing them to more effectively receive the benefits of the moisturizer.
But don’t expect toners to close your pores. You’ll still need a pore minimizer to do that job.
Well, I didn’t know there are toners, and there are better toners. I’ve just generally dismissed them as all the same, except for the alcohol contents. But it looks like there is more to that from what I’ve read now.
Perhaps I should also throw the question back to the ladies. Anyone of you have anything to share about your toning experience? Or perhaps share about your favourite toner?