Toners, or fresheners, are the second stage in a daily cleansing program. They are designed to remove any last traces of cleanser, while also helping to tighten and refine the pores and prevent a buildup of dead cells. After toning, your skin should feel revitalized and refreshed, and ready to be moisturized. If you think your skin is looking particularly dull, try patting the toner on with a brisk slapping motion, which will stimulate the blood supply to the surface of the skin.
Choosing a Toner
Normal skin – Toners with or without alcohol; rosewater or a siill mineral water spray.
Dry skin – Mild alcohol-free toners; rosewater or water.
Combination or oily skin – Alcohol-based toners (but avoid those with simple alcohols, such as ethanol, methanol, and isopropyl, which can dry the skin).
Sensitive skin – Hypoallergenic or alcohol-free toners.
1. Choose a toner to suit your skin. Pour a little onto a damp cotton ball – this makes the loner easier to apply and also means you use less of it. Stroke the cotton ball gently over your face and neck using small circular movements; do not drag or pull the skin. Concentrate on the T-zonc and hairline, the areas where you applied most clcanser, and avoid the delicate eye area and the lips.
2 A Gently pat your face and neck dry with a clcan tissue. If you notice that a toner is beginning to “strip away” your skin, tone with water until the skin becomes rebalanced and then change the product. This often happens with toners that have a very high alcohol content; always check the list of ingredients on the bottle or ask for more information before buying.
Stroke toner gently over the face and neck without dragging the skin