Maintaining your skin’s health is a lot of work. You have to cleanse and exfoliate and then moisturize to rejuvenate what you just scrubbed off. It’s a long, monotonous process of products and money going down the drain, literally. To treat your skin well, you don’t want to use too many products while making sure the skin remains healthy. Therefore, facial toners may be the first item on the list to boot.
Unless you have naturally oily skin, toners may not be your best friend because they are meant to remove oil and grime from pores. This may sound wonderful, but skin has its own natural oils that are essential to its health. By constantly stripping your skin of these oils, your skin will feel dry even with moisturizer. You may also experience more breakouts because of this.
Toners can be useful for women and men with oily skin because it can help balance out the natural oils in your skin; however, a moisturizer should always be used after applying toner. Finding the right toner can be difficult, as it is with any other product. You want to find a product that does not completely dry out your skin or cause irritation. You should notice a diminished level of natural oil as well as sebum that clogs pores but still feel that the skin is hydrated.
For more information on facial toners, visit this article in Paula’s Choice. Here, you can read about various types of toners and which, if any, is right for your skin type.
As an alternative to store-bought products, you can always consider a natural toner. Some DIY toners are based on champagne, rice water, vitamin C, apple cider vinegar, green tea, or cucumbers. You can find these recipes online, and they are simple to make, not to mention fairly cheap compared to high-end products.