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The Benefits of Using a Skin Toner: What You Need to Know


Ahhh toner, this essential skincare element should be on your radar and in your daily skincare routine. In the past, toner had a tricky reputation thanks to alcohol-heavy, drying formulas however, times have changed and so has toner! A sophisticated skincare product that can refine skin texture, boost glow, and improve skin’s ability to absorb powerful active ingredients. A great toning product will earn its place in your skincare routine with its hard working, lightweight formula, let’s take a deep dive ...

What is toner?

Toner is an ultra-light skincare product with a watery texture that’s usually applied via cotton wool or an alternative after cleansing. It removes the last residues of dirt and debris from the day (or night), rebalances the skin after cleansing and infuses the skin with its first dose of actives for the day or night.

Why use a toner?

Why use a toner? Toners can help to balance the pH level of your skin, which is important for maintaining healthy skin. Water can affect skin’s comfort, particularly hot water, and as we all need to wash off cleanser with water, applying toner right afterwards can rebalance and soothe. There’s a vast range of toners available with different abilities, such as providing hydration and nourishment with moisturising or brightening ingredients. Toners can help to replenish your skin and make it look more radiant while some formulas also work to eliminate excess oil and prevent breakouts. Which leads us neatly on to ...

How to Choose the Right Toner for Your Skin

Choosing the right toner for your skin type will help you to achieve the desired results, as you’ll be tailoring your skincare to your needs. We usually have an overriding skin type, but it’s not set in stone. You might have dry skin most of the time, but at particular times of the month see signs of oily skin. Sensitive skin happens to all of us, especially around times of stress, and combination skin can be exacerbated by a change in weather. Remember you can always have a virtual consultation with one of our skin pros to find out more about your skin type and needs. Next up, it’s all about your skin concerns. When choosing your toner, it’s essential to consider any specific skin concerns you may have, such as redness, dryness, dull skin, uneven skin tone or blemishes. Different toner formulations target different concerns, so finding the one that’s right for you will ensure a match made in heaven.

How and when to use a toner?

There are two common ways to apply toner: using a cotton pad or using your hands. If you prefer using a cotton pad, soak it with the toner and gently swipe it over your face after cleansing. This method helps remove any remaining impurities and provides a thorough cleanse. Alternatively, you can also pour a small amount of toner onto your hands and pat it onto your face. This technique usually allows for better absorption into the skin.
We recommend using facial toner in the morning and evening after cleansing, but this does depend on your preference and skincare routine. Applying toner in the morning can help remove sweat and overnight dirt, providing a fresh canvas for the rest of your skincare products. While your evening toner application can help to infuse the skin with hydration and prepare skin for your most active night products such as retinol.

Our Hero Toning Products

To soothe redness and blemishes

A global bestseller, our well-loved Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner is designed to refresh the skin with Calendula, Burdock Root Extract and Allantoin. Tested on blemish-prone skin, the non-comedogenic, alcohol-free formula helps to soothe even sensitive skin and reduce surface oil and visible blotchiness.

To rebalance and hydrate

Our famed Ultra Facial Toner is gentle, alcohol-free and pH-balanced. Hydrating ingredients including emollients, Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E work together to tone and balance the skin. This soothing toner quickly removes the last residues of dirt and debris and helps to refine skin texture.

To boost radiance and strengthen

Our Ferulic Brew Rejuvenating Facial Essence formulated with naturally derived Ferulic Acid, Lactic Acid and Squalane helps visibly boost radiance, refine skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines for healthy-looking, glowing skin with a youthful feel.

To hydrate and brighten  

Our gentle Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water with Illuminating Minerals provides soothing hydration while giving skin a soft glow. This skin boosting, toning water helps to visibly brighten skin and diminish dullness for improved skin clarity. Infused with Licorice Root, the gentle formula visibly smoothes and refines skin texture for enhanced clarity.

To gently exfoliate and refine

Our Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner is a gentle acid toner that works to brighten and exfoliate skin with a blend of Lipo Hydroxy Acid and 23% Emollients, including Almond Milk. The unique formula lightly exfoliates and dissolves impurities while replenishing the skin’s moisture levels for a clear complexion and a smooth, comfortable feel.

For personalised advice on choosing the right toner for your needs, don’t forget you can always book a virtual consultation with one of our incredible skin pros.

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