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It is universally accepted that we need to cleanse and moisturize our skin regularly, but do we really need to use a toner

To tone or not to tone

Although it is universally accepted that we need to cleanse and moisturize our skin regularly, opinion is divided on whether we really need to use a toner on our skin. Most women simply skip applying a toner because they don�t understand what it does. Does it clean the skin You use a cleanser, why do you need a toner Does it remove traces of cleansing lotion You clean your face with a face wash�

Why do you need a toner

The first and most important job of a toner is to restore the skin�s natural pH balance. The skin has a pH balance of 5.5, while water can have a pH balance as high as 9.5 depending on where you live and on how hard the water is. After washing your skin, your skin�s pH balance is completely distorted and your skin starts working overtime to restore pH levels; a process which may take up to half an hour. On the other hand, if you use toner, pH levels are restored in an instant. Your skin is now prepared for the moisturizer.

What toner should I use

Certain toners clarify and exfoliate the skin, leaving it completely oil and dirt free and removing all dead skin cells. Such toners are strong and tend to contain alcohol, which is ultra-drying. If your skin is very oily using a stronger alcohol-based toner like Clean and Clear should help reduce the oiliness, but there is a possibility that it could also cause more break-outs. The over-drying action of stronger toners causes skin to react by producing excessive oil to combat the dryness, leading to more breakouts. It is thus safer to use an alcohol-free toner. Different skins react differently though, so it is important that you stick with a regime for a couple of weeks before you can tell whether a particular product suits your skin or not.

If your skin is normal to dry go in for a gentle toner that doesn�t exfoliate the skin but moisturizes it such as Nivea Alcohol-Free Moisturising Toner. Or you could go in for a toner with anti-ageing properties.

Natural option: One of the gentlest toners is natural rosewater. Splash it on your face to keep face moisturized, fresh and to balance pH levels. This may not be ideal if you have oily skin, but since it is so gentle, it may provide you with just the right amount of moisturizing level you need.

How should you apply toner

If you apply the toner directly on your face without using cotton, your bottle will last longer. Exfoliating toners do need to be applied with cotton wool, but moisturizing toners can be just splashed on your face. Apply toner to a cotton ball and sweep it GENTLY across your face. The cotton wool should come out relatively clean when toning. If it doesn�t, you need to change your cleanser; it�s not doing its job.

There is also the temptation to scrub your face clean with toner every time it feels dirty, which should be avoided. This is why you should use these toners only after cleansing, when your skin is already clean so your toner functions as a toner, not as a cleanser.

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Name: jilian
City:   Abbtosford
Comments:   I LOVE THIS ARTICLE!! i had no idea what toner was even for and this was the only place that actually said exactly what it did..
Name: janni
City:   india
Comments:   i have oily pimple-prone skin which gets dry in winters . i use mosteriser but i get pimples from lotus alpha-hydroxy mosteriser please tell me what brand will be good for me. and how can i make my skin stop looking so dull and dry in winters. and what kind of face pack will u recommend.plz help!
Name: Jeremy
City:   wichita falls tx.
Comments:   i have tried the proactive but its three step thing just doesnt work all. all it does is delay the pimples. hardly ever clears them up
Name: richa
City:   mumbai
Comments:   it's really very nice article about toner it really helps who doesn't know about toner, but for oily skin is it helps .
Name: Pamela
City:   Ft. Polk
Comments:   Your artical on toner was great, I too was not sure what the purpose of using a toner was for.
Name: angela
City:   windhoek
Comments:   im glad i stumbled on this article. its really an eye opener!
Name: Ms O.ILY
City:   Durban, South Africa
Comments:   Nice read - short, to the point. I bought Nutrogena range - would like to put out a hit on the sales lady because i didnt friggin work. Some toners actually add to the oil problem. Thanks though!.
Name: mithra
City:   bangalore
Comments:   pls do suggest a suitable toner for oily skin as u say that clean n clear may also cause exessive oil secretion. waitin for ur reply..
Name: a r
City:   IL
Comments:   how many times do we have to tone r face
Name: Aliesh D. Pierce
City:   long beach
Comments:   I am a skin therapist and I have to let you know that the PH issue is old theory. If you are using cleansers that throw off your PH, you must be making it yourself... Companies today are aware of keepin the skin in ballance. So toner os actually simply a prep for your moisturizer and a humectant throughout the day. Look for these key ingredients: NaPCA=Humectant, Witch Hazel=Antiseptic, Essential oils 9in hydrosol form) like Lavender and Chamomile= Soothing.The right toner will help carry other products deeper into the epidermis and that's about all. And they do work.
Name: shericia
City:   barbados
Comments:   This was very informative, i must say . Thanks for the info
Name: nivetha
City:   chennai
Comments:   really cool article
Name: meerat
City:   dubai
Comments:   its such a good article especially 4 those like me who previously did not know abt tonning
Name: meerat
City:   dubai
Comments:   its such a good article especially 4 those like me who previously did not know abt tonning
Name: Tony
City:   Bangkok
Comments:   very informative articles, thanks.
Name: Jennifer
City:   Jamaica, W.I
Comments:   Lovely article.Very informative. Thanks.
Name: shana
City:   Kingston, Jamaica
Comments:   I've also read that lemon juice and water can be used to tone, as well as apple cidar vinegar. Can anyone verify this?
Name: roopa
City:   usa
Comments:   ur right ,i am using the clean and clear toner and i am having lots os breakout.thank u for informing,i wont use it .Excellent job.
Name: priya
City:   nagercoil
Comments:   i have started using toner . thanks .
Name: annie
City:   california
Comments:   turmeric paste is very good for your face.
Name: shilpa
City:   mayanmar
Comments:   very good article plz can u tell me some i m 19 oily skin i use clean n clear face wash n moisturiser n which tonner should i use plz reply
Name: hosanna
City:   london
Comments:   well ya have given me a lot info, but my problem iz dat my face was only but started usin clarity face was and kinda made my face over dry, no more oil and after dat i use coco butter with actually made my skin so soft and smooth but don´y really don´t want my skin to be over dry..pls holla back at me n´ thanx a lot.
Name: meiqi
City:   singapore
Comments:   hey shilpa! :) i haf the same problems as u! i would recommend clinique´s clarifying lotion (their name for toner) or the witch toner, they r both realli good in their own ways! cleared my zits!! :)
Name: Vel
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   gr8 article..true, very few ppl in mumbai know much abt toning wen nearly ALL of us hv really oily skin ) thanks again..
Name: Ganesh
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   I like this article very much,Can know the names of Face Toners with their Prise.
Name: Petra
City:   Georgetown
Comments:   great Article, will now find the right toner for myself
Name: bebe
City:   Chicgo
Comments:   i has been using proactiv since it came out and it only added to the pimples but it makes your face fell real clean
Name: payel
City:   kolkata
Comments:   i dont have much oily skin but i have sensitive skin.What is the best toner for me(brand name).waiting for reply
Name: niktout
City:   honolulu
Comments:   My face burned when I used the toner of clean and clear.. Its now friggin red.. Pls help me.. What should I do?
Name: ann njeri
City:   kenya
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Name: mistybaby
City:   manila
Comments:   i have oily skin what product can u recommend as moisturizer t minimize oil in my face
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Name: Vidya
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Very informative. Thanks a lot. Could you name some more toners for extremely dry and sensitive skin.
Name: Lolo
City:   Maseru
Comments:   how can I remove dark spots on my face or pimples?
Name: ramya
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hello...very informative facial suggested for oily skin if so wat is de interval in which i can get it done...if not what is suitable for an oily skin..n could u also pls suggest me some good face wash..m presently using clearsil..
Name: Lavanya
City:   Sydney
Comments:   Hi am currently only soap(dove) my skin is from normal to dry wat sort of toner should i use plz suggest use. tell me in detail the before and after directions to use toner. can i go for pro activ or oley brand. does toner has a tendency to turn skin dark?
Name: Punith
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hi Friends, This is so Useful info for me but still i need 2 know more abt fair skin As my problem is i am having a dark brown skin and i want 2 change my skin tone(Color) please help do reply 2 my any advice 2 become & develop fair skin
Name: anjali batra
City:   Delhi
Comments:   Good Article. Can I know some good toner brands for oily skin.
Name: Wande
City:   Lagos, Nigeria
Comments:   I know what toner is all about now what about toning
Name: Viji
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Where can I find Witch Hazel in Bangalore?
Name: Nanda
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Very informative. Thanks a lot. Could you name some more homemade toners for normal skin.
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City:   kolkata
Name: Neelima Bisht
City:   Dehradun
Comments:   My skin is not oily or but you can say it is dry...pls tell me the toner brand name which is suits on my skin..& also tell me by regularly using this. its helps to clear the black spots in my face due to dirt(its not pimple)
Name: joyce
City:   spore
Comments:   hi to all. u must apply toner 2 time a day which is morning n nite after u had wash your face w cleaser. after tt u apply the toner n apply moistorizing or any day cream. im using the body shop seaweed toner n the result is gd. it is for those normaloily(t zone) skin =)
Name: Nici
City:   Stone Mountain
Comments:   This is an excellent article... I have always wondered exactly the purpose of a toner.... Thanks, now I know... Nici....
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City:   hyderabad
Comments:   its really a good article.... my skin is normal to dry and as i am getting older i am losing the lustre and also getting darker .. i am using dove soap on my skin and before i used the everyuth face wash.. but could not find any result.. plz suggest me about the toner.. and what else i can use to halt my skin changes.
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