At first glance, the number of steps involved in a skin care routine can seem overwhelming. Is the toning step done before peeling but after a cleanser? And do I even need a toner? Plus, there are so many different types that it’s hard to know which one is best for your skin type. If you’ve ever been confused about the order of your skincare routine, we’ve broken it down so you never have to wonder again.
How and when to use toner
So when should you use a toner? You can use it twice a day after cleaning to remove dirt, grime, or makeup. It can be incorporated into your morning and night routine. Once your skin is cleansed, the active ingredients of the toner can be better absorbed and penetrate deeper into your skin. An easy way to memorize the correct skin care sequence is to apply the products with the thinnest consistency on top of the thickest. Your toner has the thinnest texture compared to your moisturizer that you would last put on.
To apply, soak a cotton ball with toner and then rub it over the face and neck. Instead of a cotton pad, you can also put a few drops in your hands and apply them to the desired area with a tapping motion. Some toners can be squirted directly onto the skin for quick use. It depends on your purchase.
You can not only choose between delivery systems, but also between different types of toner and their advantages. Some are designed to balance the pH of your skin while others are formulated to provide skin nourishing ingredients for specific skin types. Once you’re familiar with your skin type or concerns, read on to learn what ingredients to look out for.
How to choose a toner for your skin type
Not only do toners complete the cleansing process after you’ve washed your face, but they also provide many other benefits. Depending on the ingredients, toner can help with a variety of problems, such as hydration or balancing the skin’s pH. Below, Eminence Organics Head of Product Development Colette Liebermann narrows down some of the best toner recommendations, depending on your skin problems.
Uneven skin tone
If certain parts of your complexion are darker than the rest, you are dealing with an uneven skin tone. The Stone Crop Hydrating Mist targets this skin problem with Stone Crop Juice and contains ultra-moisturizing and nourishing ingredients like lavender. Jasmine completes the formulation and gives your complexion an even and healthy complexion. To use, clean the skin and apply one or two sprays to the face and neck area and leave it on. You can also apply the toner to a cotton pad if you prefer.
Acne & oily skin
Oily skin is especially prone to large pores and pimples, so look for a rebalancing toner that tones pores and restores moisture. Our Lime Refresh Tonique uses lime juice (a natural astringent), lavender, and green tea to improve oily complexions.
Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Concerned about the formation of wrinkles and fine lines? The Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist contains a Natural retinol alternative complex to give the appearance of a lifted and tightened complexion. This mist is pH balancing and contains moisturizing ingredients such as neroli oil, coconut milk and coconut water. Your skin will appear more radiant, dull and hydrated!
For stubborn flushes, the hawthorn tonic reduces the appearance of redness due to dryness. The formula consists of hawthorn, marjoram, chamomile and eucalyptus oils and gives your skin a revitalized look.
Large pores are caused by a variety of factors, including dead skin debris, excessive oil production, and good old genetics. The Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist takes advantage of mangosteen, ribose (from corn seeds) and red clover blossom extract to reduce the appearance of pores and lighten your skin tone.
Believe it or not, even dry skin can benefit from using a toner. We have two options for you. First, our Stone Crop Hydrating Mist uses stone harvest juice to improve hydration and heal dry skin. Second, the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist is perfect for dry skin. The ingredients of this mist provide moisture and soften the complexion. If you have mature skin this contains mist as well PhytoCellTec ™ Swiss green apple which helps the skin to look firmer and minimizes the visible signs of aging.
Dull skin can be the result of excess skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin. The Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist not only helps with large pores, it also promotes a lively and revitalized complexion by minimizing the occurrence of environmental stress. Our mist is part of our Mangosteen collection that takes advantage of this superfruit to revitalize dull skin, refine pores and renew skin.
If you regularly experience stinging, burning, or tingling sensations after applying new products, you may have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin needs soothing botanicals to relieve redness and discomfort caused by dryness. The hawthorn tonic is enriched with chamomile, eucalyptus oil and carrot to protect dry, sensitive skin. This incredibly gentle toner is made from biodynamic ingredients grown by Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farms. Translation? The Hawthorn Tonique is made from ingredients that have undergone extremely stringent certification standards to create the purest, most effective skin care products.
Have you figured out which toner is right for your skin type? Let us know on social media or in the comments below! You can find these and more toners at an Eminence Organics Spa partner near you.