Sunday, 29 April 2012

toner is a must!!!

Hands up if you use a toner on a daily basis? Ahh, there’s barely a hand in sight – just as I thought. (The fact I can’t actually see you is irrelevant; I’m just trying to get my ‘toners are neglected’ point across.) Toners have copped a lot of flack over the years, beauties, so I’m not surprised they’re a little unpopular with the ladies. 

Not too long ago, many of these toning potions contained alcohol, which causes the skin to dry out. Fast. Today, toners are fighting back and claiming their rightful role as a critical step in every female’s beauty routine by ditching their alcoholic qualities in favour of moisture-boosting, acne-fighting, pore-tightening ingredients. It’s brilliant.

So, to further educate you on toners and the goodness they can do, here is a breakdown of Mr T…

What do toners actually do?
Think of toners as a big drink of water for your skin. When you wipe or spritz them onto your skin after cleansing, you’re immediately boosting the moisture content of your complexion, while removing any traces of leftover product or dirt too. This in turn reduces dehydration and refreshes the skin. 

Why should I bother with the extra step?
Well, there are lost of reasons. As we age, our pores tend to get bigger, and toners are wonderful at refining pores, which promotes youthful skin. They also make your serums and moisturisers work harder, because the toner preps the skin by moistening it, allowing these products to penetrate deeper into your skin cells. Oh, and they also help to eliminate dead skin cells, so you’ll find yourself sporting smooth, even-toned skin with regular use. Amazing, huh? 

When do I use a toner?
Traditionally, toner is applied to the skin with a cotton pad after cleansing and before serums and moisturisers, but you can also mist on the spritz-able varieties during the day if you’re in the need of a dose of extra hydration. (Note: hold it 30cm away from your pretty face so it doesn’t ruin your make-up.) Work one into your routine and you’ll soon enjoy all the aforementioned benefits, as well as minimised shiny t-zones and fewer breakouts.


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