Facial toners- arguably the most disputed skincare step. What does facial toner do? Is it really necessary? These are the questions people have been asking recently since the advance of serums, masks, and all other skincare components. With the rise of ‘skinimalism’, many are narrowing down their skincare steps to include what is only really essential. There has therefore been some speculation as to whether or not toners should make the cut. However, there is surely a reason why ‘cleansing, toning and moisturising’ have sat at the top as the perfect skincare trio for so long.
Here’s Ameliorate’s guide to explain what facial toner does and whether or not it deserves a place on your bathroom shelf.
What is a facial toner?
To begin, what is a facial toner? It usually comes in the form as a bottle of liquid that we may all be familiar with by now. However, not all facial toners are created equal. Similarly to how some serums are designed to brighten whereas others infuse the skin with hydration, what facial toners do will differ depending on the ingredients within them.
What does facial toner do and what are face toner benefits?
Way back before the emergence of skincare knowledge, many people used soap to wash their faces. As we now (hopefully) know, washing our face with soap can destroy our skin’s pH balance, causing irritation and dryness. However, toners were used as a step to counteract the damage of the soap and rebalance the pH levels of the skin.
These days, if we’re using the right, gentle cleanser, it will not damage our skin’s pH. This, in turn, is leading many to question, do you need a face toner? It seems that it is now a futile step. However, as our cleansers have progressed, so too have our toners. Therefore, these days a face toner’s benefits go far beyond simply rebalancing our skin’s pH.
Let’s take a look at Ameliorate’s Resurfacing Facial Toner, for example.
This face toner’s benefits are visible, and include:
- Enhancing your skin’s radiance
- Refining the appearance of pores
- Resurfacing the complexion
- Hydrating your skin
- Helping your skin to feel softer, smoother and look healthier overall