Thursday, March 22, 2018

DO YOU REALLY NEED A TONER?



The word toner used to evoke fear in me, a fear of my skin being stripped, dried out and damaged. I even once heard of a certain brand's toner being able to strip paint off walls! Perhaps a malicious rumour started by a competitor, but enough to put me off for life.

These days, toner's have come a long way, most being alcohol free, gentle skin balancers. So what does it actually do? A toner returns the skin to a healthy PH balance after cleansing. I don't need to go into PH balances as I can't imagine this is interesting to most, but put simply after cleansing to remove dirt and grime from the day the skin is left at a slightly alkaline PH level. Optimally we need to be slightly acidic, so the skin can fight harmful bacteria more effectively and is better prepared to absorb the moisturiser which comes next in the skincare routine.

With out sounding too dramatic, I think I am addicted to my toner. I feel it somehow makes up for the days when I don't drink my 2 litres of water and haven't had a chance to do a weekly home facial. Hydrating, soothing and balancing my skin.

Favourite Toners...

These are two of my favourites:


Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist, this anti ageing mist creates a shield over the skin, helping to reduce fine dry lines. It's also great to sprits over make up to freshen up skin during the day.

Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner is great for super sensitive skin, it calms irritation leaving your skin looking radiant.

How to apply...

Either Sprtiz onto a cotton pad and spread over the face or how I prefer to do it, by spritzing directly onto the skin. A delicious hit of moisture. 

*Tip*

Pop in your handbag for a skin pep-up, relieving tired and dry skin, can be used over make-up.



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