What Is A Toner?
A toner is kind of like water. Toner acts like water but isn’t exactly water. Sounds confusing right? Allow us to elaborate, a toner consists of higher levels of hydrogen and oxygen than regular water. In some instances, toners may contain antioxidants, glycerin and anti-inflammatory agents as well as many other components. All of these factors are important when learning how to use face toner.
If you’d like a more technical perspective of what a toner is, then a toner is a liquid that offers a hit of hydration whilst getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Think of toners as prep for your skin pores. Toner allows your skin to be restored to it’s natural state. At the same time, toner gets rid of dirt that may be on the surface. The skincare products that are applied after the toner are now fully absorbed into the skin. Lets put it this way, if you tried to put cream on a dry sponge, you’d see that it’s rather difficult for the sponge to absorb the cream effectively. However when the sponge is wet, it becomes easier for the cream to sink in.
When To Use A Toner?
A toner is best used after cleansing your face. You should incorporate toners in your day and night skin care routines for best results. Toners should be used after you cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Even though you are required to cleanse your face every day, it is not recommended that you exfoliate your skin every day, Exfoliation will only strip your skin’s natural oils and cause irritation which will lead to breakouts. It is good to exfoliate your skin at least once or twice a week. Cleansing allows for dead skin cells, excess make up and dirt to be removed, allowing the key ingredients in toners to be effective when applied. It’s generally an accepted rule of thumb that a toner be applied immediately after cleansing the skin.
First Things First
Applying a toner is relatively straightforward. As mentioned earlier, start off with cleansing your skin. Use your desired cleanser and apply warm water. Then proceed to gently massage your skin and continue to do so until all excess make up, dirt and impurities are removed. Rinse well with warm water again and then quickly apply cold water at the end. Now that your skin has been cleansed, it’s time to apply the toner. Start by pouring some toner onto a cotton pad. Be sure not to overly soak the cotton pad with toner, only do so until the cotton pad becomes damp.
You can also use a cotton ball. Do take note that cotton balls tend to soak up more toner than cotton pads. If you happen to be using a thicker toner, you can start by damping the cotton pad with water. Then proceed to squeeze the excess water out. Once you have removed the excess water, you can then apply your toner. By wetting the cotton pad, it stops the pad from absorbing too much of your toner and keeps the toner on the surface of the pad. Not only do you avoid excess wastage of your toner, but you also get to reap all of the benefits of this method.
How To Use A Toner
To begin applying the toner, you should lightly spread the toner all over your face and neck. Be extra careful to avoid applying the toner to areas around the eyes and lips. Take your time when applying to make sure that you evenly apply and cover those hard to reach places and crevasses including sides of the nose, hairline and around the ears. As discussed earlier the toner will help to rid impurities and dirt that the cleanser may have left behind.
It is recommended that after the first application, you mist a second toner application. Doing a second spray toner application will ensure that your skin achieves an extra layer of moisture. It is worth noting that, a spray toner only dilutes impurities; it does not remove dirt and bacteria, like a wiping toner; therefore, a spray toner should only be used after a wiping toner application to ensure that the skin is properly cleared of impurities.
After the spray based application, allow the skin to dry. Almost all of the toners you can find on the market today are water based, so they tend to absorb at a rather fast pace. It is important to allow the skin to dry completely before deciding to proceed with other products. Doing so will ensure your skin is able to retains moisture and protect against dirt.
Other Ways to Apply Toner
Another popular method of applying toner, is by sprinkling the toner onto the palm of your hands and patting it directly into your skin. Patting is more gentle on your skin. Rubbing can increase the chances of dragging or pulling on the skin. Patting not only minimizes the amount of friction, but it also promotes absorption of the ingredients into your pores. This stimulation promotes blood flow, which in turn, gives your skin a perfect and natural glow.
Whether or not your skin is oily, dry, or acne prone, using a toner could never go wrong. Knowing your skin type and using the right type of product is essential. It is crucial that you take the time to perfect you daily skin care routine according to your skin care needs. Although there are multiple ways of applying toner, it is all about finding the method that benefits your skin. Hopefully now you know how to use a face toner.