Facial toners are part of any good standard skin care routine, but not all facial toners ‘are created equal.
After you cleanse, rinse thoroughly (you can never rinse enough), and patted dry, the next step is to tone your skin. The role of natural facial toners is to correct the pH balance of your skin after cleansing (however, if you chose a proper, high-quality cleanser, your pH balance won’t need to be corrected). Natural facial toners will also prepare your skin for a moisturizer or serum.
Facial Toners manufactured commercially are often formulated poorly and contain harsh ingredients that are far too drying for your skin, requiring you to follow up with a moisturizer. That drying effect can further stimulate oil production, causing your’skin to overwork. Many commercial facial toners have skin sensitizing ingredients, a problem for maturing or hypersensitive skin.
Look for natural facial toners that contain simple, organic ingredients or extracts, such as aloe, floral waters,’or hydrosols.
Contrary to popular belief, facial’toners cannot make your pores smaller, because your pores do not open and close. The critical step intoning to remember is that Facial toners are important to removing residual cleanser or oil, helping you start with a clean, fresh face.
The right natural facial toner will deliver beneficial ingredients (such as essential oils) that will heal, soothe, rejuvenate, or refresh and rebalance your skin.
Floral waters (also known as hydrolats) are a natural by-product of the distillation process of essential oil. Hydrolats contain particles of plant material suspended in water. Sprayed regulary onto the skin these tiny particles act like homeopathic medicine, helping your skin stay balanced.
AVOID USING ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL (RUBBING ALCOHOL) in your facial toner. This is too harsh and extremely drying on the skin.
Natural Facial Toners for Your Skin Type
For Hypersensitive Skin – Often commercial toners are too harsh for hypersensitive skin, and will cause further problems. Try using aloe vera gel mixed with equal parts of water, rosewater, or glycerin. You should dilute purchased facial toners with purified water as the intensity of ingredients may irritate hypersensitive skin.
Environmentally Damaged Skin – Lavender or German Chamomile floral waters are gentle and non-drying. Both have the added benefits of soothing and healing. Chamomile also will reduce inflammation.’
For Dry or Maturing Skin – Toning is an option, but you must remember to thoroughly rinse your skin if you choose not to tone. Try the classic rosewater and glycerin combination. This is a fantastic combination for thirsty skin that will help rehydrate and gently cleanse. Lavender water is a lovely substitution and German Chamomile is very healing and soothing.
For Oily Skin – A gentle, astringent herbal tea made from yarrow, juniper, chamomile, lavender, sage, or peppermint. Do you tend to break out in a specific area of your skin? Try soaking in an herbal astringent tea bath, or apply an herbal astringent to those areas as often as necessary to remove oil and freshen skin.
For Normal or Combination Skin – German chamomile, rose, orange or lavender floral waters are perfect. You can make your own toner by mixing four parts of yarrow tea with one part vegetable glycerin.
How to Use a Toner Properly
Saturate an unbleached’ organic cotton ball and gently swipe across your face and neck in upward strokes. Using a cotton ball is more effective than patting the toner on the face, as the cotton ball will lift and carry away any residual cleanser, dirt, or oil left behind.
Do not Scrub – Do not apply around or near the eyes or mouth
What is the Difference Between a Facial Wash and a Toner?
A facial wash is used for healing specific skin concerns. You can use a tea tree oil wash for blemished skin, or a Chamomile wash for inflamed skin. Washes can be used throughout the day to help alleviate stressed skin. Lemon Oil is fantastic for broken capillaries or greasy, congested or clogged skin. Lavender, rose, chamomile, rosewood, or geranium are good for all skin types.
You use a wash similarly to a toner or in place of in some circumstances (such as inflamed, or sunburned skin that is too sensitive for other forms of cleansing or toning)
Saturate your organic unbleached cotton ball and swipe in an upward direction, avoiding eye and mouth areas.
Other Ingredients to Avoid in Facial Toners: