Adding a Natural Toner to Your Skin Care Routine is Like Treating Your Skin to the Nutrients it Needs
If there’s one “feel good” step to skin care that we need, it’s using a toner. Many people miss this step, but it might be the one time during the day that you can truly do something helpful and comforting for yourself. The bonus to this is that it can alleviate some of our most common skin care issues, that you might otherwise not be fully addressing, if you didn’t use a toner. Think of it as an added layer of protection or “action” for your skin.
Toners can heighten our senses with their smell, feel, and just the motion of soft swipes on the skin can help us enjoy the moment in such a busy world.
They’re more than just feel good products though, as you’ll find out here. Toners can be the missing opportunity you need to tamp down breakouts, boost hydration, and infuse skin with nutrients and active ingredients that can help keep the signs of aging at bay.
Many people view a toner as something astringent on the skin – but today’s toners don’t aim to fulfill that purpose. There was a time that alcohol was the usual culprit in a toner formula, but that’s the last thing you want in your toner, and you have an abundance of options today that include skin loving ingredients, like plant extracts and floral botanicals. Fortunately, none of our products contain alcohol.
4 Reasons Why You’ll Love Using a Toner
Toners Can Reduce and Prevent Dryness. The toners of today have soothing agents to reduce redness and irritation and to hydrate and soothe dry skin. Hydrating and soothing toners still help to cleanse the skin further, but without removing the skin’s natural oils. In some cases, they can even help to alleviate dryness and flaking.
Toners Can Gently Clear Pores. Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.
Toners Can Balance Skin. Toners are primarily formulated to balance the pH level in your skin because cleansing can throw off that balance. That means toners typically have a pH level that's neutral or slightly acidic to help “balance” your slightly alkaline skin, post-cleansing.
Toners can Fight the Signs of Aging. A toner can be a valuable layer of anti aging action that you might be lacking. Think of this as your opportunity to infuse your skin with important active ingredients that you otherwise might not be getting if you skip the toner step in the process.
10 Toner Ingredients You Can Seriously Benefit From
Calendula Extract. Calendula is derived from the marigold flower and can soothe skin. It’s an anti inflammatory. It’s also useful in healing wounds and soothing eczema. It’s a great addition if you skin needs some calming action or seems irritated.
Centella Asiatica. Is well known to improve firmness, elasticity, and overall anti aging ingredient. It produces collagen and is an natural inflammatory. It is derived from the Centella plant.
Cucumber Seed Oil. Cucumber Seed Oil possesses a remarkable amount of phytosterols. Studies indicate that phytosterols help support normal skin elasticity and help maintain healthy, hydrated skin.
DMAE. Is naturally derived and an analog of vitamin B. It's been proven to help firm sagging skin. Not only are it’s effects immediate – but also cumulative, and it’s benefits accrue over time.
Green Tea Extract. Can decrease the risk of skin cancer and alleviates water retention in skin. Great for firming and toning. Anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
Hyaluronic Acid. Has the incredible ability to hydration in skin and repair skin. Due to its capacity to retain large amounts of water, skin stays moisturised and helps to prevent the development of wrinkles, and fills in already present wrinkles to reduce their appearance.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C). One of the most important skin ingredients available, it is an antioxidant and transforms into vitamin c when applied topically. It is known for wound healing, collagen production, corrects pigmentation issues, and improves elasticity.
Resveratrol. A natural antioxidant derived from Japanese Knotweed. Improves elasticity, helps eliminate age spots, and helps prevent the development of skin cancer.
Willow Bark. Naturally derived and contains the natural version of salicylic acid. Promotes cell turnover, exfoliation, acne prevention, and the reduction of wrinkles.
Witch Hazel Hydrosol. Derived from the witch hazel shrub, this toner and natural astringent does not contain alcohol like the witch hazel sold in stores. It's is known to be very soothing and healing.
Our toners to help you level up your skin care routine. Here are three to help you raise the bar on your skin care goals:
Add a toner to your routine might be the secret weapon you've been looking for to help bring your skin to the place where you want it: less signs of aging, more hydration and/or less breakouts.
Jeanette @ Claribelskincare.com | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert