I have a confession to make; Until a month ago I have never used a toner nor knew what it was. Since I went through 13 years since hitting puberty without using a toner, I honestly didn’t see the need for them. Now that I’m using one, I’m still debating whether or not I need to use a toner. So I decided to do some research and this is what I found.
No one seems to really agree on whether or not toners are necessary, and by no one I mean dermatologists. Toners were initially introduced to restore the pH balance to your skin as soaps used to cleanse the skin raised the pH level of your skin. It is said that without a toner, the skin takes as long as an hour to restore it’s natural balance. However, as skincare products have advanced through out the years, a good water-soluble cleanser will not interfere too much with your skin’s natural pH level. For example products such as Cetaphil, CeraVe and Purity made Simple will not disrupt your skin’s natural protective barrier.
So in today’s world, what is the purpose of a toner? Toners in addition to restoring balance, remove dead skin cells and excess dirt and oil cleansing may have missed. They can also aid the application of the other skin products such as, exfoliants, retinoids, and antioxidants.
If you chose to use a toner, you should:
- Avoid those with alcohol and witch hazel even if you have oily skin as these astringents can damage your skin’s ability to produce healthy collagen and repair itself.
- Avoid toners with rose and citrus fragrances “fresheners”, these fragrants can actually damage your skin.
- Toners should be water based and contain ingredients that are going to help give you the desired results you are seeking.
Funny story, the toner I got is a rose water toner, even funnier story, it has one paraben in it. Double No Bueno. Do you know how hard it is to find natural products that do not have parabens in them? I will say this, I do like the way my skin feels and looks when I do tone my skin so maybe I’ll try and keep a toner in my routine. I’ll continue looking and let you know what I find.