Toners are especially helpful during the summer months. They remove greasiness and dead skin cells or stubborn bits of dirt and makeup, which can clog pores. Many also have anti-bacterial properties, so they’re useful for those who are prone to acne. But even if you don’t have those skin problems, toners can improve circulation and restore skin PH balance. Here are some tips on picking toners.
What you can find in a toner
Most toners are made of alcohol and water. Toners can also contain witch hazel, glycerin, rose water, vinegar, alum, boric acid, menthol, camphor, and other herbs. It depends on the brand and formula.
How to apply toner
Pat the skin with a cotton ball soaked in your toner. You can also spray toner on your face. Many also do a “cold treatment” where they splash cold water right after applying toner, to close the pores, boost skin circulation and generally improve the skin’s texture.
Best toners for people with dry skin
If you have dry skin look for a toner that contains low amounts of alcohol. You can also choose a skin freshener, a special type of toner that have less than 10% alcohol and usually contain humectants that prevent water from evaporating from the skin. Some types of humectants are glycerin and rose water. These products are very gentle and are great for sensitive skin, dry skin, and even normal skin. (Also pick a good moisturizer.)
Best toners for oily skin
Look for skin tonics, another type of toner that has up to 20% alcohol. Astringents are the strongest kind of toners, and contain up to 60% alcohol and antiseptics. They should only be used on very oily skin, or should be spot-applied to problem areas that are prone to breakouts or oiliness (like the T-zone, or the forehead and nose). Witch hazel is one type of astringent.