What is Toner and Why I Started Using it
What is toner?
Most often, it is a liquid meant to act as a secondary cleanser for the skin. In my teens, I used to swipe an astringent mess all over my skin, only succeeding in agitating my breakouts and drying out my skin. The toners of today are completely different and not only clean and prep the skin but also help to lock in moisture.
What are its benefits?
- Great for oily/acne prone skin
- Thoroughly cleanses the skin
- Preps skin for serum/moisturizer
- Minimizes pores
- Refreshes the skin and restores its pH balance
Why I use toner:
Living in the Caribbean, I wear a ton of sunscreen. I long ago abandoned wearing a full face of makeup but between the salt water, sweat and layers of sunscreen, it can really add up. I became a believer in toner when I used it after cleansing and it was still able to pick up gunk that my cleanser had left behind.
What I use:
I use raw apple cider vinegar with the mother or organic rose water. Both help clean my pores, tone my skin and promote cell turnover. I find that ACV is better for days with heavier buildup while the rose water is best for daily use. As an added bonus, both are great for your hair as well.