The Skincare Series: Toner
The next step in a complete skincare regimen is toner. I’ve blogged about how important toner is, and I also mentioned that it’s important to choose a toner that’s made for your skin type. That’s not easy though, so here are some tips to get you started!
If you have oily skin, look for a mattifying and clarifying toner. Plain witch hazel from the drugstore makes a really good astringent toner for oily skin. When my skin was super oily this past summer, I used Korres Pomegranate Toner. It worked really nicely for me, is natural, and comes in a really big bottle for the price.
If you have combination skin, look for a balancing toner. Like with cleanser, you want something that is going to deep clean oily areas and hydrate dry areas. It sounds like an impossible balancing act, but I find that Origins United State toner* works really well. I’m on my second bottle!
It’s a common misconception that if you have dry skin you shouldn’t use toner. Really, you just need the right toner – ideally one that’s hydrating and has a very low alcohol content. This Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a mist that you can leave on the skin – no cotton pads necessary! It actually has nourishing oils in it that will help to hydrate your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want a very gentle, soothing toner. The Doctor Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom toner is designed to soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation. You’ll want to use a very soft cotton pad to apply it, like the Shiseido ones. If you still find that cotton irritates your skin, try decanting the toner into a spray bottle and spritzing it on.
Remember, skincare is partly trial and error. I recommend getting a few toner samples and seeing which works for you!