You've heard of them. You've seen them on the shelves of your favorite boutique or natural grocer. But like many of our readers, perhaps you're still wondering- what exactly is a toner and why should I use one?
A basic skincare routine includes three steps-- 1. cleansing 2. toning 3. moisturizing. Toning is the second part of the routine that can help remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may still be lurking around on the face after cleansing and approve the outward appearance of pores. There are a variety of toners out there; some are traditional toners that include oils, moisturizers and extracts, some are fresheners that tighten the skin using caffeinated ingredients, and some are astringents that contain alcohol or synthetic ingredients and are typically used for oily skin (we aren't huge fans of these).
For this week's Worth the Buzz segment, we bring you our natural alternative:
True Moringa Toner for Oily Skin
5-8 drops of True Moringa Facial Oil
¼ c. of rose water
1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
WHO SHOULD USE A TONER?
Toners aren’t necessary, but they can be a great addition to a skincare regimen for people who need help with oily skin, clogged pores, or sensitive skin. Using a toner is a great way to add active ingredients like antioxidants, exfoliants, and retinoids to your existing skincare routine. The only thing that you should watch out for when using toners is to make sure you don’t dry out the skin.
HOW DO I USE TONER?
Toners are extremely simple to use and can be used in both morning and night. In the morning, use toner after face cleansing and before applying make up. Use a cotton ball dampened with the toner and simply wipe it across your face. Allow it to dry naturally before putting on makeup. At night, use your toner again after removing makeup and follow up with a hydrating serum or moisturizer. Be wary of dryness and don’t tone twice a day if you have very dry skin.
With this information in mind, you’re ready to tone away!