For those of you who have been following us for quite sometime will know how much we believe in skincare – natural, DIY, purchased from market – right product/ingredient that suits our skin type, Yes! we keep updating our beauty shelves and try to spread the knowledge as much as we can. So, one of the most important steps in our skincare regime is CTM – skin Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing in that particular order. We all know the benefits of cleansing and how important it is to moisturize our skin, in today’s post we will be discussing how important it is to use a toner for your skin.
What is a Toner anyway?
Toner is a liquid that looks like water, feels like water too but is packed with acids, antioxidants and all depending on the skin type you are using it for. Besides helping in removing the residual makeup or product, the toner also helps in bringing the skin to its natural acidic state which further helps in absorbing the skincare products better. So, a toner basically acts as a primer for your skincare. There are various kind of hydrating, soothing, calming toners available in the market today and while most of the toners are water based, there are some gel based toners available in the market too.
When should the toner be applied?
Right after you have cleansed your face, apply a toner which is suitable for your skin type.
How to apply?
Pretty simple, you can either put some toner in your hand and pat it directly on your face or soak a cotton pad with toner and gently swipe it gently through the face, working outwards. Follow with your serum and moisturizer and wake up to a happy, glowing skin.
[Read: Face Oils 101]
Which toner to use?
Now, comes the most important question of all…how should one decide upon a toner? Depending on your skin type, there are different kind of toners available in the market today. Take the time to know your toner and how it fits into your skincare routine.
If you are a fan of natural products like us, you can go for rose water or green tea as your regular toner.
You can also DIY your own green tea toner at home. Just take one cup of boiling water, add a green tea bag and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Let it cool down and add 3 drops of jasmine essential oil (optional). Pour it into a spray bottle or an airtight container.
Tip: Don’t throw that tea bag yet, you can keep the tea bag in the fridge for sometime and use it over the eyes to reduce the puffiness…works great! 😉
[Read: 7 best uses of rose water]
Ingredients to look for: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, vitamin E, chamomile, antioxidants like green tea
Ingredients to avoid: Salicylic acid and high concentration of alcohol as these tend to dry the skin further.
Oily or acne prone skin
Look for ingredients: Salicylic acid, aloe vera, tea tree oil amongst others
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