Initially, toners were used as an astringent to tighten pores and balance the pH of the skin after using an alkaline soap product for cleansing. Now, since more cleansers tend to be pH balanced and gentle, toners have evolved to a skincare category of their own, the reformulated toners of today go beyond that basic role, they now offer a wealth of benefits and target various skin concerns from acne, to dryness, and even anti-aging!
Angela Turovskaya, the Founder of BALMESSENCE shares her insights on the importance and benefits of toner, along with her recommendations.
Helps With Pores
Using a toner after cleansing the skin can help close pores and tighten cell gaps, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.
Toners can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water. Some newer formulations are even toner-serum hybrids with more substantial gel or lotion textures like the Living Nature Extra Hydrating Toner, and the CODAGE PARIS Skincare Water.
Improves the Skin’s Microbiome
Other toners contain pre and probiotics to optimize the functioning of the skins microbiome, like the ESSE Toner Plus and Perris Skin Fitness Beauty Micellar Water a 2-in-1 product that removes make-up and also tones the skin. Depending on the type of toner other toners come in a spray form and can be used throughout the day, even over make-up, like the Farm House Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic.