Joy N Randall, licensed cosmetoligst and owner of Flawless Make-up Art, recommends toners for all skin types, as they provide extra cleansing and, at times, soothing properties, to the skin. Randall explains that natural toners like witch hazel cleanse the skin more deeply than a cleanser, without stripping away valuable moisture. Further, they can help remove any residue left by cleanser. Toners also help balance the skin's PH levels, combat bacteria (particularly for acne-prone skin) and remove impurities. It can also minimize the appearance of pores, calm oil production for oily-skin types and stimulate circulation, leaving your skin looking fresh and clean!
Another toner perk? They can be extremely inexpensive.
Applying a toner followed by a moisturizer can help provide a "prime palette" for make-up application. Adessa explains that because toner allows moisturizer to more easily absorb, your foundation or powder also applies more smoothly.
Because toner helps refresh the skin and boost the power of your moisturizer, it can ultimately keep you looking younger. Nourished and hydrated skin conceals the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin-care expert and celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau recommends toners as a great way to minimize the effects of the environment beyond the sun. Hydrated skin will absorb your daily moisturizer (which should always contain SPF), leaving it better equipped to fight off harmful sun rays. "By supplying the skin with essential hydration and nutrients, you repair the skin's protective barrier, making it less sensitive and resistant to environmental damage," she advises.
Further, regular use of a toner can help protect skin from a culprit you may have never suspected was causing damage: tap water. Rouleau explains that "chlorine and chemicals are put into tap water to destroy harmful bacteria, but they can be dehydrating to the skin."
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