People often say that they “aren’t a toner person”. This is why patient education is so important: there has been a great advancement in the composition of skin toners over the past several years. Toners of the past used to contain a lot of alcohol to remove oil from the surface of the skin, leaving it dry, tight and sometimes itchy. The newer generation of toners have astringent properties, many of them are alcohol-free and these days you can find one to address every skin type.

But let’s Start With the Basics: What is a Toner?

A toner should be an essential part of your skincare routine and is a secret weapon to flawless skin.  Its job is to gently refresh your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. A good toner should not irritate sensitive skin or cause excessive dryness. It prepares the skin to drink up your post-cleansing moisturizer and any other active products that you may apply afterwards.

A toner, in most cases, is basically a fast-penetrating solution that pH balances the skin and helps remove dirt, oil, dead cells from its surface.

How is the U.SK Under Skin Toner Different?

The Perfect Hydra Calming Toner contains the PERFECT balance of botanical extracts, including pomegranate, mallow and linen, as well as a blend of other hydrating and calming ingredients. This toner delivers natural antibacterial ingredients and restores hydration, while maintaining the skin's pH and physiologic barrier. The Perfect Hydra Calming Toner is a soothing, moisturizing and cleansing tonic for dry, reactive and sensitive skin, suitable for everyday use. It also removes 93% of waterproof makeup and surface impurities as well as reducing transepidermal water loss by 10%! (* If you don’t know what transepidermal water loss is, here’s wikipedia’s definition: the loss of water that passes from inside a body through the epidermis layer of skin to the surrounding atmosphere via diffusion and evaporation processes.) Sound amazing right?

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, we have a solution for you. Our Perfect Balance Toner is an astringent tonic that regulates sebum production regulation for oily or acne-prone skin. It’s a unique formula that reduces sebum production without overdrying the skin  or creating a rebound oil response as it optimizes the absorption of physician prescribed U.SK Under Skin products. Our Perfect Balance Toner is an exclusive blend of ingredients that cleanse the skin, while reducing excess sebum and the appearance of visible shine. Daily use of this product effectively removes makeup and surface impurities, and reduces sebum production while providing hydration and optimizing the pH of the skin. Active ingredients found in this toner include edelweiss extract which is heavy in antioxidants, an amino-acid blend to hydrate the skin and replace lost proteins and lipids, as well as Fucose and Rhamnose which are rich polysaccharides that reduce inflammation and protect and repair the DNA.

How and When to Use a Skin Toner?

A toner should be used following cleansing and exfoliation in your cleansing ritual, after wetting your face and using, ideally, our Perfect Gentle Cleanser and Perfect Rice Scrub. Apply the skin toner to your face, neck, and décolletage using your favorite cotton pads or your fingertips. It is recommended that you follow this skincare routine in the morning and in the evening. If you’re also using daily anti-aging products, such as our U.SK Under Skin Advanced Defense Booster or U.SK Under Skin Advanced Care Dual Eyes, you’ll want to apply the toner before you apply any elixir serums, creams, balms or leave on masks to your skin.

To summarize, the answer is YES! Yes, you absolutely DO need a skin toner to refresh your skin and prepare it for all the love you will be giving it. Don’t worry, U.SK Under Skin has all the products you need to start your healthy, glowing, skincare routine today. Check out our Hydra Calming Set for Dry and Sensitive Skin and Perfect Balance Set for Oily and Acne-prone Skin to get started!