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Toner in your skin care regime

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dementiawidow Fri 11-Nov-16 15:10:28

What does it actually do? Is it really necessary? Or can I really just cleanse and moisturise?

BusterGonad Fri 11-Nov-16 15:15:39

I don't think it's necessary, but I have dry skin. I use a creamy cleanser or baby lotion, I cover my face in it m, then wipe of with damp cotton wool and remove any remaining eye makeup with eye makeup remover, then I moisturize. If you still feel a bit greasy after cleansing just splash your face with water.

JamieVardysParty Fri 11-Nov-16 15:19:45

I use an exfoliating toner with either glycolic or salicylic acids. Something like Pixi or First Aid Beauty pads. I have dry skin and it's good to stop dry patches, brighten my complexion and also keep my skin decongested.

Depending on what you want from your skin, it could be helpful.

BusterGonad Fri 11-Nov-16 15:29:48

That's true Jamie, my skin is very sensitive so I favor a nice simple routine.

dementiawidow Sat 12-Nov-16 10:58:17

But what do the skin care makers actually tell us it's FOR? Is it to clean off left over cleanser residue? Does it "restore the PH balance" (this is what Kiehls told me)? Does it actually DO anything real? I mean, I use it... sometimes... but I've run out, and it makes me wonder, do I really need to buy more or is it a bit 'emperors new clothes'.

botemp Sat 12-Nov-16 11:13:01

It gets a little muddled as traditional toners (usually heavy alcohol laden ones) were there to clean up after a crappy cleanser. They're useless, if that's what you're using them for as you just need a better cleanser.

The acid toners are chemical exfoliators and are beneficial to many (though irritating to some) and preferred over physical exfoliators (scrubs) as they're less aggressive to the skin (microtears) and help with cell turnover and cleaning out pores. The only thing they have in common with old fashioned toners is the stage at which they're used and that they're liquid, naming them toners is a bit unfortunate and confusing imo.

The pH re-adjusting toners have their place as pH in skincare does matter, however if you're using badly formulated products that require a pH readjustment add-on product, it's pretty much like the cleanser, you need to just get products that don't need an additional product to make up for its shortcomings. Though I should point out that some pH dependant products require wait times and a pH re-balancing toner would eliminate that wait time but again, a well formulated product even with very specific pH shouldn't require a wait time. There are cases where the water from your tap is a very undesirable pH, raising the pH on your cleanser undesirably and if you can't do anything about the water affecting it this way, then a pH readjusting toner actually makes sense.

dementiawidow Sat 12-Nov-16 12:16:09

Wow botemp you are an expert! Thank you very much.

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