Made in both lotion and liquid form, a face toner is used to cleanse the skin. It also tightens the pores leaving a rejuvenated skin look. This is because of the increased circulation that is provided which helps reduce the look of wrinkles, fine lines, and other age-related skin problems. Most often, a face toner uses the ingredient witch hazel, which is a way to rid the skin of oil and to help prevent acne from appearing on the skin.
The function of the skin toner is to cleanse the skin from oil. It is the buildup of oil on the face that leads to other skin-related problems such as redness and acne. For those with oily or blemished skin, the extended use of a strong face toner is detrimental. Ultimately, a face toner strips the skin of oil. What is most detrimental about this is that it dries the skin and makes the overall finish less satisfying. It is the barrier of oil that keeps our face from incurring bacteria and pollution, which leads to acne and other skin-related problems. This barrier is what keeps our face clear, thus the extended use of a face toner can create more problems than not.
Choosing A Face Toner To Use
The best face toner is one labeled gentle and alcohol free. Alcohol is responsible for drying the skin, so avoid any product that is described as an astringent or refining. Some popular face toner brands can be found in the drugstore, including Seabreeze and Neutrogena. For a more high-end skin care product, try Clinique, which can be purchased at various department store counters (along with additional complimenting skin care products for one's daily regimen.)
How To Apply Face Toner Properly
Applying a face toner is an essential portion of one's daily skin cleansing routine. Face toner can be applied with a wash cloth or cotton ball or swab. Apply the face toner all over the skin focusing on where oil may accumulate the most (forehead, chin, above the lip). A face toner is not washed off and should be allowed to set for 30 seconds before any other products are applied to the face. Lastly, a moisturizer should be used after the application of a toner to hydrate the skin, as a face toner can often dry the skin out (if alcohol is included in the solution).