Historically toners were used as a way to balance the pH of the skin after using alkaline cleansing products and to remove excess dirt and residue. As our cleansers now tend to be more pH balanced and gentle, toners have evolved to a skincare category of their own.
There are various type of toners on the market providing different benefits and addressing array of skin concerns, from acne to dryness and ageing.
Toners are meant to be used after cleansing your skin and before using your serum and moisturiser. They can be packed with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and hydrating ingredients all of which you can find in our ECM Advanced Repair Balancing Toner.
Toners add immediate boost to your skin. They revitalise it and prepare it for the rest of your skincare routine.
What ingredients you should look for in your facial toner depends on your concerns. Here are example of ingredients we use in our hydrating and balancing toner:
Rosewater for hydration, calms and balances skin's pH
Aloe Vera to soothe and calm inflammation and redness
Vitamin B5 anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing
Low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid & Glycerine to hydrate, attract & hold moisture
Raspberry Water - antioxidant and anti-ageing
You can saturate a cotton pad and swipe over your face, or to be more environmentally friendly you can pour the toner into your hand and gently press into your skin.
You can also find toners in spritzer form, or you can decant your toner into a spritzer bottle for a topical hydration during the day. Great also for a quick refresh during travelling or to keep at your desk.
Aside from toners, you may have heard of facial mists or skin essences. Marketing jargon aside, these can be the exact same thing. What you need to look at is the ingredients within and the targeted action these provide to your skin.