Ever wondered why you don’t have clear skin? What if the answer was just in a simple beauty product change? What if I tell you the secret might just be a toner? Yes, that simple. Proper facial care is not complete without cleansing as a toner helps unclog your pores; the one sure way to have glowing skin.
What is a skin toner?
A toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that delivers the skin with a quick hit of hydration and helps to remove dead cells off the surface of the skin.
Here are 4 solids benefits of adding a toner to your skincare routine if glowing skin is your goal…
1. It adds a layer of protection
Toners help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, which reduces the penetration of impurities and contaminants into the skin. It’s also important to note that toners can protect your face by removing chlorine and other unfavourable minerals present in tap water.
FYI, here’s how chlorine affects the skin: Chlorine has a pH level of 7 to 8, which puts our skin in an alkaline state on contact. This causes dryness, itchiness, and irritation and can exacerbate eczema. Chlorine can also speed up premature ageing by breaking down the lipids and proteins present on your skin.
2. Prevention of acne
Toning cleanses the skin thoroughly and helps to manage existing acne or totally avoid the onset of new breakouts. Some toners also contain ingredients such as witch hazel or salicylic acid which help combat any acne breakouts.
3. Helps to balance the pH level
Toners help to balance the pH level of your skin. pH levels are an indication of the acidity level of the skin and are usually measured on a scale of about 0 to 14. At the ideal pH (5.5), the skin is able to maintain a good barrier and together with natural oils, moisturizers and bacteria, the skin functions as a true protective defence organ. This collection of factors creating this shield is called the “acid mantle.” Toners help to achieve that optimal acidic state that helps your skin thrive. Having a balanced pH level means your skin is less prone to infections.
Many toxins that affect the overall health and appearance of the skin comes from industrial-made chemicals. Toners work to remove environmental toxins such as smoke, smog and other chemical residues from your skin. This helps your skin to look brighter and healthier and the long-term benefits include less acne, less severe acne scarring and fewer wrinkles.
So there it is! Now you know why this beauty secret shouldn’t be taken for granted.
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