I love TONING my skin! So for this weeks Friday Favorites I chose the Pixi Rose Tonic. It has Rose and Elderflower which nourishes the skin and gives it the most AMAZING smell. Like seriously it smells just like Roses. I wish you could smell it through the screen. I picked this up at my local Target for under $20. Now to some people, when they hear toner they might think to firm the skin, and while toning can aid in firming, that isn’t the type of toning I mean. I mean an astringent, a liquid applied to the skin to reduce oiliness and improve its condition. Astringents have been used for years to get rid of oil, but it’s so much more than that. It’s an important part of the cleansing process. A good toner will remove any remaining bits of dirt, oil, and debris left behind by the cleanser. More importantly, the toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its pH balance. A balanced pH level keeps the skin looking radiant and also resists harmful bacteria.
Let’s break down what a toner is, the benefits, how to use it, and where you can find the best ones.
What does pH balance mean?
A toner is used to help balance the skins delicate pH balance. PH’ is short for ‘potential to free hydrogen ions’ and is a measure of how acid or alkaline something is, using a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading on the pH scale. Our skin has a thin, protective layer on its surface, referred to as the acid mantle. This is where the pH reading is gathered and scientists believe our skin is around a 5.5. So if you’re trying to keep your skin neutral, meaning not too acidic nor too alkaline you need to bring your skin to ideally a 6, and toners help to achieve this.
Do you really need a toner?
Well, our skin is at its best at this neutral state. At this state, your skin will not only look more radiant but it will perform better for you. Your skin will appear less oily, which might mean fewer breakouts. You could have the appearance of smaller pores. But, what could be the most beneficial part of using a toner, your other products will perform better. Yes! When your skin is pH balanced your moisturizers and serums, will be absorbed faster into the skin. See, when your other products don’t have to filter through excess debris, oil, and acid, they’re able to go straight in and start working. So adding this quick, inexpensive step could mean you not only get better results but you same money too. So I’d say Yes, it’s important!
How to use a toner
I recommend keeping a jar full of clean cotton balls on your vanity to use. One cotton ball is all that is needed, then add just a few drops of your toner and apply over the entire face.
Do this after your cleanser but before your moisturizers. You can tone day and night but if you feel you are starting to get dry this might be too much for you and then I would just do it during my nighttime routine. I use to recommend to my athletes to put their toner in a spray bottle and spritz themselves during workouts or practice. This would help cut the oil and some toners will even kill bacteria until they could hit the shower. You can also use a toner with glycolic or other acids in it to give you extra exfoliation for an anti-aging routine.
In addition to your toner, you can also watch what you consume. You might have heard that eating more alkaline foods is better for you. When you eat acidic foods such as refined sugar, processed foods, red meat, beer your body has a more acidic important which makes it harder for your it to fight off harmful cancer cells, colds, inflammation, breakouts and such. Well if its bad for your body its probably bad for your skin right? You guessed, so here are some examples of things to implement more in and out of your diet to keep your skin glowing.
To read more about this, check out this great article
Lots of fruit and vegetables
Ancient grains such as quinoa and amaranth
Good fats like coconut oil, avocado, olive oil and grass-fed butter
Nuts and seeds
Apple cider vinegar with water
REDUCE OR ELIMINATE:
Red meat and chicken
Processed and packet foods
Biscuits, cakes, and bread
Tea and coffee
I’ve added several toners I recommend, including some with glycolic for you to shop.
I hope you found this post informative and useful. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’d be happy to help you get to the place you desire with your skin. 🙂
Thoughts expressed here are from personal and professional experience. Everyone has individual health and skincare concerns which might pose a contraindication. As always you should consult your physician, skincare technician or other licensed professional to discuss your background before starting any new products.