The bare minimum you should give your face every day is WASH, TONE and MOISTURISE. To keep your skin looking and feeling young and healthy a good cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine is essential, both for men and women alike.While washing and moisturising parts are rather clear, the toning one often confuses. So, here it goes for you unbelievers:
Toning is the process of removing dead skin cells, from your face, as well as removing any extra oil, dirt, makeup or cleanser that may remain after cleansing. What toning actually does is puts your skin back to its normal PH level and prepares it for moisturising.Whilst Clensing opens your pores to clean them out, toning closes them! IF you don’t tone you are technically washing your face for no reason because you lose moisture in your skin and you become dehydrated. Also, you are leaving your pores susceptible to dust and other air borne particles settling in your pores. Toning will help keep your skin clear and firm by leaving you with a layer of new healthy skin cells. Toners will also instantly freshen up your skin, so you can use a toner to ‘put together’ your face after a long night of clubbing and dancing!
Toners are often heavy on water and alcohol and sometimes contain other ingredients like salicylic acid, witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide. Most of the dermatologists say that if you cleanse your face regularly twice a day with the appropriate skincare products you can go without a toner, but those with oily or acne-prone skin swear by toners as they keep their skin clean and fresh and remove the excess oil from the surface of the skin. Most people with problem skin look for a toner containing alcohol as it dries the pimples faster. You should look for a product specifically designed for your type of facial skin. For oily or acne-prone skin, go for a toner containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, hydroxyl acid. If the amount of alcohol is too much it can provoke production of more oils which in turn means more pimples, more blackheads, clogged pores.
To Apply: First, thoroughly clense your skin and rinse with luke warm water. A toner should be applied with a cotton pad. To prepare your toner, saturate the cotton pad and pat the toner gently over your face and neck area. Apply it to the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose, or to the whole face. Never rub your skin when applying toner.
Your skin is now ready to moisturise. Moisturising replenishes the skins natural moisture which can help prevent dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. So, if you have not started using a toner yet, this is the time to get yourself one!