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Facial Toners: Yay or Nay?

Toners often get a bad rep in the beauty market as they’ve been known for irritating and drying out the moisture of the skin, not to mention how they tend to sting when you apply it on your face. But contrary to what many seem to think, these scientifically advanced potions can actually enhance your skin’s surface, giving it what it exactly needs to look more fresh, smooth, and hydrated after a usually drying cleansing routine. And the best part about this is that most quality toners are loaded with antioxdiants, balancing the skin’s pH after cleansing.

The reasons don't end there though! We gathered some more of the potential benefits this often neglected skincare product can do for you. Don't miss out!

It minimizes the appearance of pores.

Sometimes, facial cleansers or soaps don't clean our skin out as thoroughly as we would want. Thankfully, most toners contain a cleansing ingredient, which tightens, lightens and helps to minimize pores, giving skin a smoother appearance. Think of it as the essential follow-up step to that double-cleanse process! 


Pixi Glow Tonic. At Common Thread


It adds a layer of protection to your skin.

Your skin is exposed to a lot of environmental toxins and sun damage day in and day out, so it is important to have a quality toner that includes antioxidants that help alleviate the damage these stressrors do. A good toner also reduces the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin, and even protects and remove chlorine and other harmful minerals present in tap water.


Clinique Clarifying Lotion. At SM Megamall

It hydrates your skin.

Even if you’ve already got the best moisturizer in your arsenal, it is still vital to not skip this step in your routine. Immediately after cleansing, put a few drops on a cotton pad, dab all over the face, and set the stage for moisturization. At this point, your skin is naturally more fragile, so you need nutrients like antioxidants and amino acids to protect it. And toners, with their light, gentle, watery consistency will not only allow your skin to soak up the serum or moisturizer you're going to apply next. So remember: Your moisturizer will be absorbed much more effectively if it’s prepped with toner. 


Shiseido Pureness Balancing Softener Alcohol Free. At SM Megamall

Lead photo via Clinique