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What Exactly is a Toner and Why Should I Use One?

Do you feel skeptical about what a toner actually does in our skincare regime? Is this step even necessary for our skin?

Toning is a step that can often be left out or put aside. But is this a myth or a fact - Do you need to use a toner?

At first, toners were brought out to remove all traces of dirt, grime, and impurities in the pores after your cleanser and to balance your skin's Ph.

Back then, these toners were astringent, alcohol-based, and drying. They were more often recommended to acne-prone and oily skin types, since they had a huge impact on the tightness of the pores.



Today's Toners!


Toners today have made a comeback! Now with
no nasty astringents and alcohol-free. No more cotton rounds to apply the toner on with, they can be spritzed after your cleanser, throughout the day, and over makeup.

So, what exactly is a toner?


A toner might look and act just like water, but actually, a toner is a fast-absorbing liquid that gives your skin essential vitamins to help nourish, hydrate, protect, and anti-ageing benefits to treat all skin concerns and types.

Why are toners an important step in our skincare regime?


Toners are an essential step in a skincare regime because they help lay a foundation for all products applied afterwards.

Here are all the benefits of using a toner:

  • Protection of the skin
  • Increased product absorption
  • Critical hydration and nourishment
  • Anti-ageing benefits
  • Enhanced effectiveness of your targeted treatments and moisturisers


You will find you will use fewer products and your products will last a lot longer if you add a toner into your routine!

When you apply a serum on dry cleansed skin you will find your skin soaks up the serum immediately but when you apply a serum to a hydrated spritzed skin the liquid helps the absorption of the products more easily without your skin drinking it all up!




Can any skin type use a toner?


Yes, there are toners to treat all skin concerns and be applied to all skin types.

Toners today contain cosmeceutical ingredients that can treat and target several skin concerns. You can expect to find antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and even age preventative peptides formulated into a toner mix.


Here are my Top #4 Recommended Toners:


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This is a balancing, anti-pollution, moisturising facial mist toner. Completes facial hygiene and potentiates the balance of the skin microbiota. Recommended to all skin types.


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This ultra-fine mist is enriched with botanical oils and powerful actives to help strengthen, firm and refresh skin. A nourishing and antioxidant-rich seaweed complex and patented barrier repair solution optimises water retention and increases circulation within the epidermis. Designed to deliver an instant dewy glow to the skin, bringing confidence and luxury to every moment of your day.


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Experience the power of next generation exfoliating poly hydroxy acids (PHAs) with Press & Glow; the hydrating acid toner that helps to exfoliate the surface of the complexion for noticeable everyday glow.


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Refreshing antioxidant toner
that helps firm and hydrate. Convenient mist-on formula supplements skin’s protective barrier by creating an active antioxidant shield to help fight free radical damage, and help prevent the signs of ageing.


About The Author



My name is Sari Pols,
I have been in the skincare industry for over 15 years. My passion lies in ‘Health’. Health for the skin and body. My philosophy is if we have good well-being on the inside, then it shows our vitality on the outside.
I have furthered my knowledge of Skin Anatomy, Skin Concerns, and Fitness. I am a true believer in how to make my clients feel their best both inside and out. My emphasis is on guiding my clients through their journey of skin concerns and conditions. I do not like to band-aid a concern or condition but want to get down to the root of the cause. I aim to give personalised consultations with treatment and correct prescribed skin products.

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