Year ago skin toners were fashionable, but lately they don’t seem to be as well accepted. Many consumers think they are unnecessary product and that using a toner does not make any difference to their results.
However a well-formulated toner can make such a difference to the results you get from your products. Besides having skin benefits they can also reduce the amount of moisturiser you need, saving you money.
So what is the purpose of Toners?
To restore and repair the surface of the skin. All cleansers interact with the skin barrier. Depending on what your skin type is will depend on what skin toner is best suited for your individual skin needs.
Oily skins usually have an excess of dead skin cells and a higher pH than normal skin which provides a breeding ground for bacteria. The best toners for these skin types are alpha hydroxy acid or fruit acids. These toners will help to remove excess skin cells and also lower the pH of the skin temporarily.
Alcohol or witch hazel toners should be avoided because they can dry the skin out. Witch hazel typically contains 15% alcohol as part of the solution. Drying the skin out will lead to the formation of excess skin cells, something that oily skins already have too much of. Drying the skin out will just promote further acne and prevent the skin from healing properly. When you use the wrong toner on oily, blemish-prone skin guarantees you’ll see more oil, overall redness and longer-lasting red marks.
Dry skins need skin repairing ingredients such as glycerin and skin communicating ingredients such as Niacinamide and Aquaporins. Aquaporins help to regulate moisture on cellular level.
So why not just use Rosewater or Lavender water. Why use a specifically formulated toner?
There is a misconception that floral waters contain the same benefits as aromatherapy oils. This is not necessarily true. Rose oil is a good example. Have a look at the difference in the composition of the floral water and oil. They are quite different.
The composition of floral waters can be vastly different from their essential oil. Floral waters often contain higher percentages of allergens. When aromatherapy is used you are only being exposed to a small percentage, say 1% in a formula. But when you use floral water as a toner you could be exposed to the same ingredient at a percentage of 90-100%. That’s a big difference. This could be setting your skin up for sensitivity.
So what do we recommend?
1. Hydrating Treatment Lotion contains the cell communicating ingredient Niacinamide. Niacinamide helps to increase the skin’s natural ceramide production. This helps to keep your skin moist and soft and prevents moisture loss. This product also contains Aquaporins which help to saturate the skin with moisture and maintain long term hydration. Niacinamide also helps with pigmentation by stopping the skin cells from transferring it in the skin
2. Vitamin Treatment Lotion has all the benefits of the Hydrating Treatment Lotion but also contains Aspen Bark Extract. Aspen Bark extract is rich in salicylates and offers a natural alternative to preservation as well as skin smoothing properties.
3. Berry Retexturising Lotion is the choice for acne prone skins who have congestion. This gentle blend of fruit acids helps to exfoliate dead skin cells away without the traditional irritation of glycolic or other acids. This gentle formula does not sting and hydrates the skin.
So now you know why you should be using a toner. Don’t think it makes a difference. Try dropping it from your routine…..because we know you’ll be back to it in no time.
Because time after time our clients tell us that their skin isn’t as good without it