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If you are puzzled about toners, you are not alone.
I get asked the same question over and over again "What exactly is a toner do?"
Even I sometimes struggle to explain it clearly.
Toners do not have a particularly favourable past, let's blame the '90s, but I can promise that toners have certainly evolved since. A lot has been shifted, changed and added to their formulations and functionality, for the better.
The popularity of toners amongst the consumers, sky-rocketed in the '90s, and with the same speed fell in the 2000s. Think of Clearasil, Clean&Clear and other acne care products.
Once the word "astringent" was a seller, then it became a taboo. Many of us used alcohol-based toners back in the days, rubbing in the stuff across our blemished skins, hoping for a miracle.
The miracle never happened and if anything, triggered more breakouts and sensitivity. Those toners were incredibly drying and not all that great for a face.
These days, toners have improved and got adapted to various skin concerns. The newest generation of toners address almost to every skin concern and are no longer limited to treating only acne and oily skins.
What is a toner?
They look like water but have a handful of active ingredients to help you achieve a complexion you desire. Depending on a toner, it can act like water, i.e providing instant hydration. Other types of toners have exfoliating properties, removing traces of dirt and breaking down skin's unnecessary fat and oil.
At the essence, toner is a quickly absorbed liquid that delivers results efficiently and preps the skin for the next steps.
When should I use a toner?
The idea is to thoroughly cleanse your skin with the cleanser first and then use a toner as the first leave-on step that hydrates and treats. Follow with a serum and moisturiser.
Some toners/ mists can be used throughout the day to refresh and rehydrate.
Are toners really necessary?
Toners are not necessary, but complementary to cleaner and healthier skin. They act as a supplement and enhance skin's radiance.
What does a toner do?
There are toners that are helpful for people with oily or acne-prone skin. Those toners will usually contain a form of BHA (Salicylic Acid) that cleans the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes.
For premature ageing, you can use a toner with AHAs (Glycolic Acid) and other hydrating properties- to resurface the skin without stripping its natural oils.
Toners in a form or a Mist or Spritz are great for re-hydrating and calming the skin. These can be used throughout the day to soothe and hydrate the skin in dry climates, in front of the computer, in air-conditioning, when travelling or whenever the skin needs an energising boost.
If you don't have a major concern, your skin can still benefit with a toner for extra cleansing and vitality.
Björk and Berries Toners
Classified as a Toner, this product has properties of an exfoliator.
Containing naturally derived BHA (Salicylic Acid) & AHA (Glycolic Acid), this multi-tasker not only brings radiance to your skin but work on treating blemished, troubled and ageing skins. Gently cleanses and minimises the pores whilst adding glow.
It exfoliates, refines and improves skin texture while preserving and boosting moisture in the skin, giving a radiant and glowing complexion.
Suitable for all skin types except hypersensitive.
Apply a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball or pad, gently wipe your face, avoiding the eye area. Use 2-3 times a week, preferably at night time. Follow with Vitamin C Awakening Serum and a moisturiser of your choice.
This instantly refreshing product is ideal for when you feel like rehydrating your skin. Great for travelling!
Infused with refreshing organic birch leaf water it naturally calms and hydrates the skin.
Suitable for all skin types. Can be used as many times a day as needed, under your moisturiser or/and over your make-up.
It restores and balances your skin's pH balance and adds a layer of protection and hydration.
Deep Forest Face Mist proudly contains our very Swedish Birch Leaf Water and Beech Bud Extract, traditionally used as a skin and body tonics. It’s so pure you can almost drink it!
Close your eyes, breath in and mist liberally over face and neck as often as desired. Use morning and evening on perfectly clean skin to provide ideal preparation for moisturiser or treatment or throughout the day to “awaken”.
So pure you can almost drink it!
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