August 19, 2015

Lets Talk About Toners...

a roundup of facial toners

Toners. The 'glorified waters' of the beauty industry, I'm not sure any other skincare product gets quite as tough a time as these guys do. However, I'm just going to come right out and say it...I love toner. Toners, in my opinion can be a fantastic addition to anyone's skincare regime, depending on what your looking for. I do agree, in some cases that they can be just fancy refreshing waters, but if you find the right one to suit your skincare needs then it will be nothing short of wonderful. So, lets talk toners...
The one for Dry & Sensitive Skin:
Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion with Rose Petals.
This is a really gentle, moisturising lotion that really comforts and soothes the skin. Perfect for early mornings or when your skin is feeling particularly dry and a bit sore. Sweep a cotton pad soaked in this over your skin for an instant hydration boost that really de-congests and plumps the skin, perfect for prepping your skin. Another great tip with this one is to keep it in the fridge and as it's so gentle you can use it over your eye area, so this is a great cooling treatment for congested eyes as well. I personally only reach for this one if my skins feeling particularly tired or sore, it really helps to calm down redness and comfort any dry areas,

The one for Oily Skin:
La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray
If your oily or prone to blemishes then this is the toner for you, and my personal choice every morning. Made with just three ingredients, water, zinc sulphate and sodium chloride this spray formula is effective in mattifying, tightening pores and helping clear blemishes. Yet due to it's humble ingredients list its still very gentle and refreshing, especially as it's a spray. I personally spray some onto a cotton pad for a more targeted application but you can spray this on throughout the day to refresh your skin, even over makeup so it's a perfect one to pick up for the warmer months especially if you are on the oilier side.

The one for Dull Skin:
Pixi Glow Tonic
Everyone and they're grannie has heard of this I'm sure, but for those of you who have not yet been introduced to the magic powers of Pixi Glow Tonic then allow me to explain. This is basically a liquid exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and impurities from the skin. Trust me, it's not as scary as it sounds. A cotton pad soaked in this swept over the face a couple of times a week will work wonders for your skin, especially considering abrasive scrubs can actually do damage to your skin or spread bacteria making your blemishes worse. The thing to remember with this type of toner though is SPF, you cannot be using this unless you are popping some SPF on your skin when you are outside as the formula makes your skin a lot more sensitive to the sun.

The one for Tired Skin:
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs & Rosewater
Facial sprays are all the rage now in the beauty world and I can understand why, nothing wakes the skin up more than a cool spritz of this. If your skin is particularly tired or you are particularly hungover (it happens to the best of us) I'd recommend keeping this in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Aside from being refreshing the lovely ingredients in this help to hydrate, tone and balance the skin, it's also great for refreshing your makeup throughout the day, especially if you are working in a stuffy environment.

The one for Everybody:
Khiel's Ultra Facial Toner
This is a ph-balanced alcohol free solution that removes debris whilst hydrating and comforting the skin. This really is perfect for everyone, it creates a really hydrated, prepared base for the rest of your skincare and has such a comforting formula. This is more of a lotion that a water or liquid, which makes it feel so lovely on the skin. Perfect for freshening up your face during no make-up days, if you are looking to introduce a toner into your regime but you aren't sure what will work for you then I would definitely recommend starting with this!

That concludes my little 'moment' with toners, for any pessimists out there I hope this post has managed to at least make you consider giving one a go. If you are unsure then I would suggest popping along to your local counter and asking for a small sample, the majority of places are normally very obliging and it could end up saving you money.
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