Toner: The Unsung Hero of Skincare

In the world of premium and luxury skincare, there is one product that frequently tends not to receive its proper due: the toner! Why is this? We put so much focus on the cleansers we use to purify and remove debris from our pores, and the miracle serums, creams or oils we slather on our faces and necks to smooth, tone, tighten, protect and prevent the signs of aging. Yet there is one product that facilitates the process between these two steps, necessarily priming the skin to optimally benefit from all the miraculous ingredients we have in store from our serums and creams, and that critical step is all in our toner. Skin toner benefits are too many to count! Let’s go over some of the basics.

What does a toner do?

If you’re asking “what does a toner do to your face?”, let us tell you. The purpose of a facial toner is to gently refresh your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. This means that a toner won't irritate sensitive skin or cause excessive dryness. A good toner also prepares the skin to drink up your post-cleansing moisturizer and any other skin treatments that you may apply. This is a fine balancing act that when done properly, can really assist your skin in benefiting optimally from the products you layer on after you’ve used your toner.

Face toner benefits

We want to dispel a myth. Some say that toners are an unnecessary step in skincare. We disagree. The benefits of facial toners are myriad. Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. They can also protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water. Some toners act like astringents, and some have moisturizing qualities. Saying that toners aren’t needed is like saying that cleansers, moisturizers or masks are unnecessary!

How to use a toner

How to apply a toner is simple. Select a cotton pad or cotton balls, moisten the cotton with the toner, and gently wipe your face with the product, to reveal glowing, clean skin, well prepared for your selected face moisturizer.

Meet the MVP’s: Some of our favorite skin toners for the face

U.SK Under Skin Perfect Balance Toner – The Perfect Balance Toner deeply cleanses the skin by removing impurities and restoring your skin’s natural balance. An exclusive blend of ingredients helps reduce excess oil without over-drying. This toner reduces the appearance of visible shine, leaving you with skin that feels clean, fresh, and soft. If you have combination or oily skin, this toner will change your life. It removes over 90% of waterproof makeup and skin impurities, restores the skin’s moisture and pH balance, contains astringent properties to make pores appear tighter and reduce excess shine. It also contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties to control the microbiome, reducing environmental damage and the bacteria that can lead to breakouts and blackheads. All this in one product!

Perfect Balance Toner

U.SK Under Skin Perfect Hydra Calming Toner – The Perfect Hydra Calming Toner restores hydration and reduces redness and inflammation. This product contains an exclusive blend of plant extracts that help refresh and soften the skin. If you’re a frequent traveler, live at a high elevation, or have skin on the dryer side or sensitive skin, then this toner will be your new go-to. This hydra calming toner provides serious backup to your daily cleanser, removing over 93% of waterproof makeup and impurities. It restores and maintains up to 90% of the skin’s natural barrier function to lock in moisture. And, it restores your skin’s barrier function and antibacterial action. The toner actually balances the skin’s microbiome to help prevent acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Can we say multi-tasker?

The facial toner benefits that each individual person needs may differ, and even your own needs may fluctuate across the different seasons each year. But when it comes to upleveling purification and clarifying properties, protecting the skin’s moisture barrier, tightening pores, and most importantly priming the facial and neck skin for application of important serums, treatments and moisturizers, these toners get the job done and more!

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