Pros and Cons of a Toner
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Skincare Date Posted: December 20th, 2012 Comments: 0
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When it comes to using a toner on your face, many are not sure if this step is truly necessary. Some experts say it’s an important step to add to your skincare routine, others say it’s not important. So what is a toner and what are its pros and cons? Read on to learn about this underrated skincare product:

1. A toner is defined as an astringent that is used after washing your face and minimizes the appearance of pores.

2. Many dermatologists say that its main purpose is to remove any extra residue from makeup or cleanser but they believe a high-quality cleanser should remove all residue and bacteria.  They think it can over-dry the skin.

3. It’s also been said that pores are sealed during the toning step but experts say that is not possible. One expert said, “Pores aren’t elevator doors which can open and shut.”

4. Back in the day, toners were required because makeup was applied so heavily and had such heavy ingredients in it that a toner was needed to help remove excess makeup debris. But now that most makeup is made so light and free of many chemicals, a simple cleanser and moisturizer should do the trick.

5. Other beauty experts believe toners are important and say that they help those that have oily skin.

6. Many toners are made without alcohol nowadays so are more gentle on the skin and don’t dry the skin out.

7. Toners of today can add extra moisture before applying moisturizer and some even have added antioxidants to help your skin look and feel more rejuvenated.

8. Most toners that don’t dry out the skin (alcohol-free) can also help prevent and fight acne.

So whichever you decide, to tone or not to tone, is completely up to you. Many swear by it, while others do not. Whatever you decide, make sure your skin is happy and that you are taking care of it to the best of your ability!


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