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Is toner necessary? Get the truth from professionals


Is toner necessary? Get the truth from professionals

The question "Is toner necessary?" is one of the most asked questions skin care professionals receive. We took this question to our panel of estheticians and skin care professionals. The verdict? Every single one said toner is crucial for great skin. But, why is toner necessary? Read on to see what the professionals say.


Why toner has a bad reputation

When most people think of toner, they think of outdated, alcohol-based formulas. These formulas of the past often caused dehydration, and even irritation or stinging. Unfortunately, this history has given toners a bad reputation.

We're going to set the record straight: no toner should ever cause a stinging or burning sensation. This holds true even for those who need an OTC toner for acne. The formula should never sting.


Why is toner necessary?

Common misconceptions about toners lead many people to think they're better off without one, but toner is a vital part of any good skin care routine. Do not skip it!

"Toners perform a variety of functions based on the skin type they are designed for, and are an essential part of your daily at-home agenda for healthy skin." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education 

The main purpose of toners is to rebalance the pH level of your skin. Even if you skip cleanser (which is a bad idea!) and just rinse your face with water, you still disrupt the natural pH balance. Use toner to bring the levels back to normal, so skin functions the way it should.  In addition to balancing the natural pH levels, "spritzing toner helps replenish and rebalance your skin's protective surface barrier, otherwise known as the Hydro Lipidic Barrier (HLB)." –Teresa Stenzel

Beyond balancing the pH levels, toners have many benefits depending on the one you choose. They:

  • Rid the skin of excess impurities and oil
  • Saturate the skin with problem solving ingredients
  • Keep skin hydrated
  • Prevent premature aging
  • Soothe irritated skin
  • Help your skin better absorb serums and moisturizers
  • Protect your skin from outside irritants

When you skip toner, your skin becomes more vulnerable to the elements and more resistant to the next product you apply. The key to achieving the full benefits toners have to offer is to find the right one for your skin type.

"Toner is important to use not only to rebalance the pH of the skin, but to ensure maximum absorption of your moisturizers and sunscreens. Bioelements toners can either stimulate or calm the skin." –Jarrod Alexander Goad,Hair Chiasso

The best toner for you

"Different toners target different, specific skin concerns, like dehydration, skin aging, sensitivity, and acne depending on which formula you choose." –Teresa Stenzel

EQUALIZER: If you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin, Equalizer should be your go-to daily toner.  It's laced with Chinese herbs and aromatherapist oils that balance, nourish, and strengthen skin while preparing it for moisturizer.

POWER PEPTIDE: If you want to fight aging and have dry, oily, or combination skin, Power Peptide should be in your beauty arsenal. This age-fighting toner renews skin with peptides, boosts moisture, brightens, and refines skin to create youthful radiance.

SOOTHING RESET MIST:Even sensitive or sensitized skin needs toner. Soothing Reset Mist uses therapeutic aloe vera and chamomile, plus deeply moisturizing and barrier strengthening Chinese medicinal silver ear mushroom to comfort, reduce visible redness, and calm reactive skin.

ACNE TONER: Whether you suffer from a true acneic skin type or just occasional breakouts, Acne Toner will eliminate excess oil and help clear skin of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

"Acneic skin needs products that contain salicylic acid, likeAcne Toner, to deeply cleanse and remove surface impurities." –Rhonda Robb, Spa Sweet Studio atThe Trove Salon



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4 Responses


For a great mask, You can order Restorative Clay. Since your skin is Combination, this will work well, especially with the summer months coming. The other thing you can do is add a small amount of Restorative Clay Mask to your cleanser and blend together for a calming, clay cleansing treatment. Lastly, you can exfoliate and mask, but I would not do it in the same treatment since you are sensitive. Exfoliate in the A.M. and then Mask at night.


Thanks I will order that next. Which mask would u recommend? The only mask I have tried was a sample of the measured micrograin which my skin handled well but already purchased pumice. Last question is it ok to exfoliate then use a mask right after or is that too harsh for my skin? Combination, sensitive skin, oily t -zone

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel

Hi Nicole, I would try our Calmitude Hydrating Solution since you mention sensitivity. It will help balance your skin just as Equalizer did, but is more designed for your delicate complexion with calming extracts, and is also Dermatologist tested. I think you would love it!


I have sensitive, combination skin , oily in my t -zone which toner is best, equalizer or power peptide. I have used equalizer before but it was years ago, so not sure which one to try out.

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