You’re diligent about your skincare. You never go to bed with makeup on. You cleanse and moisturize and protect daily and you even use anti-aging serums regularly, but if you’re wondering if you should add toner into your skincare regimen as well, the answer is probably yes.
Celebrity Aesthetician Renee Rouleau is a big believer in toner and says it’s an important step in all skincare routines no matter your skin type. She offers the following reasons why:
- They remove drying chlorine, minerals and chemicals that are in tap water and can be dehydrating to the skin.
- They enhance the results of your skincare program. Depending on the ingredients used in the toner, they can help calm skin, control oil, stimulate blood circulation, destroy acne-causing bacteria, provide antioxidant benefits and more.
- They balance the pH in the skin and support the skin’s protective barrier making it less sensitive and resistant to environmental damage.
Montclair, NJ based, Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie is a fan of toner for those who have combination or oily skin. She likes it for this purpose because, “it can help decrease acne,” she says. Cleanse first, then use your toner followed by anti-aging products, moisturizer and sunblock. Downey recommends, “one coat of toner with gentle pressure and a cotton ball. Do your forehead, nose, chin and finish with your cheeks.”
No matter what your skin type, stick with alcohol-free toners to avoid drying out, irritating or stripping the skin. Look for an alcohol-free formula that addresses your skin’s needs specifically:
ZO Medical Balatone Calming Toner, pH Balancer ($37) gives new life to a dry, weakened complexion with witch hazel to visually tighten pores and calm distressed skin as well as skin soothers, hydrators and conditioners to heal and comfort. It will balance your skin’s pH to better reap the benefits of other therapeutic topical products that may follow.
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner ($7) refreshes as it pulls out impurities, keeping pores clean and preventing future breakouts without drying out the skin.
Wilma Schumann Soothing & Balancing Toner ($26) puts an end to irritated, dry skin by regulating your skin’s proper pH level. Contains skin soothing Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Chamomile, Cucumber, Acai and more making it ideal for those with sensitive or mature skin.
Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner ($16) has been around since the 60’s for one reason only…it works! Cucumber-based and herbal extract-infused it leaves skin soft, soothes, toned and clean. An excellent choice for dry and sensitive skin types.
Clairvoyant Beauty Refreshing Cucumber Toner ($18) is packed with cucumber’s minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits to refresh, tighten, calm and boost collagen.
Renée Rouleau Balancing Skin Tonic ($32.50) works deep within the pores to eliminate acne-causing bacteria, helps prevent future breakouts and control oil.