Toner is one of those tricker skin care products, with some people swearing by it, others never using it, and still more unsure of what it is and whether they need to try it. Toners can be used for a range of skin complaints and concerns, but ultimately they are intended to smooth the complexion and prepare it for makeup. If you’re interested in trying a toner but are not sure where to start, check out these hints and tips.
Many toners are formulated with ingredients such as salicylic acid and niacinamide which can help to shrink pores and reduce their size. For people with oily skin, this can be a primary concern, so if you are using a toner check the ingredients list to make sure it contains active ingredients which can reduce your pores.
Rosacea or Sensitive Skin
At the other end of the spectrum from the toners formulated for oily skin are those that are designed to calm and soothe stressed skin. Containing ingredients such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and oat milk, these toners can provide a barrier between your skin and your makeup, helping it to apply more easily and avoiding any flare-ups.
Acne Prone Skin
Look for ingredients including glycolic acid and salicylic acid if you’re wanting your toner to help even out your complexion and deal with any under the surface spots. As these ingredients can penetrate down several layers, they can help to clear your pores of excess sebum and debris which are often the cause of spots and pimples.