Keeping your skin clean and reducing the appearance of blemishes can be easily achievable if you remember to include this essential product in your beauty regime.
From what it does to how to use it, here’s how to achieve a clearer and more radiant complexion with toner.
What are face toners?
Face toners are typically lotions or washes which are designed to be applied on the skin to help cleanse the pores. They’re particularly useful for people prone to breakouts as they’ll help remove any excess sebum or dirt, as well as close up the pores 1 .
Most people apply toner after they’ve cleansed their face, yet before they moisturise. This is because toner helps to get rid of any dirt which hasn’t been removed during cleansing. It’ll also aid with minimising the pores and balancing out the pH levels in the skin, ultimately providing the perfect canvas to then apply any serum and/or moisturiser2.
How to use face toner
If you’re keen to know how to use face toner at home, it really couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is pour or squeeze a small amount of toner onto a cotton wool pad and apply it gently all over the face.
You can also apply toner by pouring some out into your hand and massaging it in with your fingers. However, you may end up absorbing a lot of it into your palms. Toner is designed to be used once or twice a week; however, you may want to use it less often if you have sensitive skin4.
Who should use face toners?
Face toners can be used by everyone, but you’ll find them especially beneficial if you have problem skin. Choose one which contains salicylic acid if you suffer from regular bouts of breakouts or blackheads5.
You’ll also spot face toners which are much creamier and enhanced with protective vitamin E6. These types are great for people with dry or sensitive skin that needs additional moisture.
- Aloe vera
- Tea tree oil
- Witch hazel
Should anyone avoid toners
Toners are generally suitable for anyone to use; however, you should always check the ingredients before trying one if you have particularly sensitive skin or an allergy.
People who regularly remove hair from their face may also want to be cautious about which toner they decide to use. Avoid products containing alcohol or vitamin C, which may sting any recently waxed or lasered skin8.
Like the sound of adding a toner to your skincare regime? Discover our full range of natural beauty face toners made with ingredients such as rose otto and tea tree.
Last updated: 10 December 2020
Expertly reviewed by:
Reviewer: Manisha Taggar
Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare. After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019. Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.