A few weeks ago, a reader by the name of Jenny Li sent me an email to ask about the pros and cons of applying toner using cotton pads andÂ using fingers.
I think I read that you apply toner with your fingers as opposed to a cotton ball? I’ve been doing that as well because I ran out of cotton balls, but the new toner I’m using is really runny so I find that I can’t do that anymore. I’m interested to hear your opinion on whether toner should be applied with cotton balls or fingersÂ and the pros and cons of each.
Jenny’s question wasÂ interestingÂ and in fact, not too long ago, I also read Kimoko’s take on this topic of applying toner.Â Anyway, my answer to Jenny was that I use more cotton pads to apply toner actually.Â It’s a habitÂ which was formed in my early 20sÂ when I started with Clinique’s 3-stepÂ skin care system.Â I onlyÂ started using fingers recently when I was testing the Phyto Balancing Tonic from True Bio Skin Care because that’s how Susan of True Beauty taught me how to use their toner.
Using fingers to tap on goodies from toner
I would say how you apply your toner depends on two things.Â One, personal choice and the other,Â the function of your toner.Â Those who use cotton balls/pads may like to give their face a clean sweep to get rid of any traces of dirt or their cleansers.Â Â The toner in this case is also part of the cleansing process.Â However, if you’re confident that your cleanser is doing a good job of removing all traces of debris, then there’s no need to use a cotton pad but you canÂ use yourÂ fingers to tap the tonic and deliver the goodies from the toner toÂ your skin.Â Â Doing so means you won’t waste more of your toner as cotton pads tend to absorb more than needed.
Using cotton pads to prevent wastage
However, having said that, I would also qualify that itÂ also depends onÂ the packaging of your toner.Â Â In my case, I was using hydrosols and Lavera Faces Calendula Toner before using Phyto Balancing Tonic from True Bio Skin Care.Â Both types of tonersÂ come in bottles with open tops which meant itÂ was highly possible for me to pour out more onto my palm.Â So no, I don’t like using fingers to tap onÂ my toner unless I can squirt the liquidÂ out.Â And to save on my toner, I sometimes damp the cotton pad with mineral water so that I don’t have to pour outÂ so much.
So what about you ladies who use toner in your skin care regime?Â Do you use cotton pads?Â Fingers?Â Or you simplyÂ spray it on?