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What are toners?

Toners are products with a consistency similar to water that help gently sweep away debris and refresh the skin. Traditionally, toners were more geared towards oily and acne-prone skin, and contained alcohols that dried out the skin. However, modern toners are gentler and suitable for all skin types. They typically contain ingredients that hydrate, brighten, nourish, and soothe the skin.

Benefits of using a toner

  • Gently remove any leftover impurities after cleansing
  • Refresh the skin and prep it for the next skincare products
  • Hydrate, lightly exfoliate, brighten, and calm the skin (depending on the specific formula used)

How to choose a toner

If you’re trying to decide on a toner, you’ll want to consider your skin type and any skin concerns you might have so that you can look for a product suitable for your needs. For example, if you have dry skin and want a toner that helps with hydration, you’ll want to seek out a hydrating toner.

How to use a toner

  • After cleansing, dampen a cotton round or ball with the toner, and gently sweep it all over the face
  • Follow up with any serums or treatments, a moisturizer, and sunscreen during the day

Make sure to patch test your toner

When adding a new product to your routine, it’s always a good idea to do a patch test to check if you’ll have any negative reactions. Patch test your toner by applying a small amount to a clean area of the skin on your forearm. Leave it on for 24 hours, and then check for any signs of irritation.

Common Questions

How often should you use a toner?

You can typically use a toner up to two times per day. That said, check the label of the product you’re using for the most accurate instructions, as some toners should be used less often.

How much toner should you use?

You should use enough toner to dampen a cotton round or ball, but you don’t need to soak it, as this will just waste your toner. This should be enough to apply an even layer of the toner all over your face and neck.

Do toners help with acne or acne scars?

Yes, there are some toners that may contain active ingredients that can help with acne or acne scars. That said, if you’re looking to fight breakouts and fade acne scars, you’ll get the best results from exfoliants, serums, and/or treatments, as these products will contain a more potent concentration of active ingredients.

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