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Beauty / Kristina Ivanova

What Is Toner And When Do I Use It?

Toner has made a serious skincare comeback. Thanks to the beauty world’s surge in plant-based ingredients, this everyday go-to has had a modern makeover – and now it’s an integral part of any regime.

Still find yourself asking ‘what is toner?’ Here, we explain why it needs a place in your daily routine.

So, what is toner?

Toner is a water-like liquid, but it’s not water, we promise! Depending on the product you choose, the formula can include a variety of ingredients from hyaluronic acid, rosewater, chamomile, aloe vera, glycerin, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and ceramides. It’s also packed with hydrogen and oxygen.

What exactly does toner do?

A good toner will get rid of any leftover traces of makeup and dirt, restore the skin’s natural acidic state, and prepare it for the next steps in your routine – like prep for your pores. It’s hydrating, making it easier for moisturiser to sink deeper into your skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, using a toner will help to reduce enlarged pores and excess oil. If your skin is dry, the product will lessen redness and flaking.


When should I use toner?

This one is easy – straight after cleansing and before moisturising. Toner actually acts like a primer for skincare products such as serums and moisturisers. When you’ve finished double-cleansing, grab two cotton pads and put some toner on them. Then, without pulling the skin, apply the product all over your face, neck and décolletage in sweeping movements. You can use it in the morning as well, before your moisturiser and sunscreen.

What toner is right for me?

Different skin types require different care. Just as you pick the correct moisturiser, you should pick the best toner for you. For example, if you have sensitive or dry skin, you need a toner that will hydrate and soothe, like the The Organic Pharmacy’s Rose Facial Spritz Toner. Or if you have oily, acne-prone skin, try the The Organic Pharmacy’s Herbal Toner – it contains 18 herbs, which will work to minimise the pores, feed your skin with antioxidants and prep it for the next step. TheNaobay Equilibria Face Mist Toner works well with all skin types and contains soothing ingredients ingredients such as calendula (marigold), aloe & chamomile.

Remember, double cleanse, tone, moisturise. Your skin will thank you!


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