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.
When most people think of toner, they think of outdated, alcohol-based formulas.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.
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:
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
"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.
CALMITUDE HYDRATING SOLUTION: Even sensitive or sensitized skin needs toner. Calmitude Hydrating Solution reduces redness and safeguards against moisture loss. Soothe, hydrate and comfort upset skin with this toner, regardless of your skin type.
"My favorite is Bioelements Calmitude Hydrating Solution. It has an incredible formulation that hydrates and soothes at the same time." –Jarrod Alexander Goad,Hair Chiasso
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.
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