Last time, I told you about cleansing. After the cleansing process comes Toning.
The unique fact about toning is that it is not a basic procedure for all people. While it is extremely important for some to tone their skin toner post cleansing, some can do without it as well. In fact, people with oily skin need toning the most. This is because their skin often remains oily and sticky even after cleansing. Application of toners removes all the residual oil and balances the pHof the skin.
Even people with normal skin can safely use toners. They just need to make sure that the toner is alcohol-free or is will it cause extreme dryness.
However, people with dry skin should absolutely avoid using toners. This is because toners generally contain alcohol and witch hazel that are drying agents and also tend to irritate the skin. If you need to use a toner, select a mild one that has soothing ingredients instead of alcohols.
Excessive use of toners tend to strip off the thin coat of fresh sebum lying just underneath the skin surface. This makes the skin extremely dry and causes irritations such as itchiness and flakiness. You only need to remove the impurities within the skin cells and the excess oil particles, not the oil cells themselves!
However, if you use a mild toner with good quality ingredients, then it can offer several benefits.
They can help close the skin pores and tighten the gaps between the skin cells after the cleansing process. This reduces the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.
They adjust the pH balance of the skin
They remove all the impurities and residual particles left behind by the cleanser.
Thus, the effectiveness of toners depends on your choice of product and your individual skin type!