Toners affect efficacy of active ingredients
The topic on whether or not toners should be incorporated into our daily skincare regime has been much discussed. I’ve already written two to three entries on the topic and here’s one more for today. The reason why this entry came about is because I found a very interesting comment left by Dr Veronica Waks of Natural Health and Medicine in yesterday’s entry on Hydrosols. Veronica, by the way is a licensed Naturopathic Physician.
Toners close and tighten cell gaps
There were a few things that Veronica mentioned in her comment about the usage of toners for our skin but the one that caught my attention was that because toning is supposed to close pores and tighten cell gaps, hence it may actually reduce the penetration of any product with active ingredients through our skin. Which means, if we’re using products containing ingredients such as Retinol, Vitamin C or Copper Peptides for example, then we shouldn’t be using a toner at all. This also implies that unless it’s just a normal moisturizer, in most circumstances, we should avoid using a toner.
Veronica’s views are also shared by those at Smart Skincare although the latter qualified that this view is debatable.
Toners offer deep cleansing & hydration
In my first entry about toners, I’ve written that 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 and soothe the skin, literally relaxes and tones the pores preparing them to more effectively receive the benefits of the moisturizer.
Toners and prescription topicals
Then in this entry where I wrote about the right order to apply skincare products, I highlighted that while it is commonly said that both moisturizer and serum should be applied to toner damp skin to seal in the hydrating benefits from the toner deep into the skin but if you’re applying prescription topicals, then you should wait for your toner to dry before you apply the topicals on your cool, clean and dry skin, to enhance their penetration as well as decrease any chances of irritation.
Toners are great for oily skin
I know some people do not see the need for toners at all but personally, I did see a difference to my skin condition when I stop using it. Perhaps it is because I have combination skin with a rather oily t-zone. Hence, I need to tone. I also resort to toning mist to keep my face hydrated especially under air-conditioned environment and that has worked well for me too.
But, I agree that the usage of toner has to be moderated if one is using prescriptive topicals or an anti-aging product with active ingredients. In fact, after reading Veronica’s comments, I think I’m going to skip this process to reap more benefits from my night moisturizer.