Why you should be using Toner as part of your skincare routine

I had never used Toner until a few weeks ago. I didn’t know what Toner was.

I didn’t know if it was a makeup remover, a moisturizer, something I needed, or just some additional beauty product companies were pushing you to buy.

I researched. I found out that at any age, any stage, Toner can work wonders for your skin. Toner is also supposed to help with breakouts and oily skin. I’ve been breaking out pretty badly on my forehead due to an increase in humidity – hello, late summer in Florida – and huge amounts of stress due to home renovations.

So I purchased a bottle of Thayer’s Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Alcohol-Free Toner ($9.85, from Amazon) to try out for myself.

The beauty of toner is that most of them are all natural and alcohol-free, so they won’t dry out or damage our skin. And they’re pretty gentle enough for all skin types.

After a few uses, I quickly found out I LOVED using Toner. Here’s why!

Why you should be using Toner as part of your skincare routine | EmilyGetsElegant.com

The benefits of Toner:

1. It shrinks pores

Toner removes oil from your skin and makes your pores appear smaller.

2. It can be used day or night, anytime, as a cleanser/refresher

No worries about oily skin during the middle of the day – refresh, baby, refresh!

3. It smells light, rosy, and pampering

This particular product/brand does, at least!

4. Your skin feels cool and refreshed

You can actually FEEL the oiliness being wiped away.

5. It can balance your skin’s pH level

According to Today.com “After cleansing, due to the alkaline nature of soap, the pH balance of skin gets disturbed. When this happens your skin needs to work overtime to restore the balance (and that may result in oil), but using a toner helps to restore this balance quickly.”

6. It can prevent ingrown hairs

Certain toners containing glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids can help prevent ingrown hairs.

7. It adds a layer of protection

The shrinking pore action helps prevent environmental elements affecting your skin and clogging them.

8. It washes your face

The gentle refreshers can help remove makeup, oil, and dirt from your face. It won’t completely substitute a wash, but it’ll cleanse enough in a pinch. It’s like a weaker form of Micellar water.

DISCLAIMER: The blog post herein is simply my opinion. Please do the research before adding a new product to your skincare routine. Some products may not work for every skin type.

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  • Betsy

    This is an excellent post about Toner, I always wondered what it was for. I recently started using apple cider vinegar and water as my own toner. Thanks for the great info!

    • Apple Cider Vinegar is also an amazing skin product! I’d love to know how that’s working for you & your skin!

      • Betsy

        I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and it is working great so far. I get pretty bad acne and as I’ve gotten older my skin has gotten more sensitive, so a lot of the harsh face washes I use to use are no longer viable options. It’s cleared up my pores significantly and helped soothe the acne, the only thing I don’t like is the smell.

  • I’ve been off an on with toners for years, but I definitely need to be more consistent with it. Do you recommend a certain brand that you love?

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  • Jessica Thompson

    Oh wow, I never knew this about toner! Thank you so much for the info.