Adding a toner is a great way to take your skincare routine to the next level. While in the past toners have been known for sucking moisture out of the skin with alcohol or witch hazel, the truth is a good toner is loaded with antioxidants and skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients that nourish the skin.
These state-of-the-art liquid moisturisers actually enhance skin’s surface, giving skin what it needs to look fresher, smoother, and hydrated. For combination / oily skin toners can reduce enlarged pores and excess oil. For normal/dry/sensitive skin toners can lessen redness and flaking.
Toners are state-of-the-art liquid moisturisers that actually enhance skin’s surface, giving it what it needs to look fresher, smoother, and hydrated. For combination or oily skin, toners can reduce enlarged pores and excess oil. For normal, dry, or sensitive skin types, toners can lessen redness and flaking.
Today’s treatment toners fit into three categories:
- Hydrating tonics and mists
- pH-balancing toners
- Exfoliating fluids
Hydrating Tonics and Mists
There are two types of ingredients that can increase the hydration of your skin: those that attract and hold water, such as hyaluronic acid; and those that nourish and condition skin, such as omega-based oils and emollient-rich butter. Most moisturisers contain both types of ingredients.
Sometimes, skin can be in good overall condition, with a strong, healthy barrier, whilst still being dehydrated. This is when a hydrating toner is very effective.
Hydrating toners are full of oil-free humectants, which attract water and hold it in your skin. These products are also great for use during the summer months in conjunction with a lighter moisturiser.
You might be surprised to learn your skin is actually acidic. This is why washing with water (which is neutral) plus alkaline soap is very drying to your skin.
When you use too many products that have a pH dissimilar to your skin’s, the natural acid balance of the skin is thrown off. Healthy skin can counteract pH changes within a matter of hours. However, over time, the skin may become compromised by excessive or frequent use of alkaline products.
pH-balancing toners help restore your skin’s outermost layers, which are scientifically referred to as the ‘acid mantle’. These products keep skin hydrated, defended, and healthy.
Exfoliating, Acid-Based Toners
The second step of your skincare routine can also double as an exfoliating treatment when you incorporate an acid-based toner. These products are multi-purpose warriors that can:
- Sweep away dead skin cells, revealing new, fresh, healthy skin
- Reduce the appearance of pores by removing dead skin trapped within pores
- Re-acidify your skin barrier, helping to promote healthier skin
- Improve the general condition of the skin
Exfoliating toners include no grainy physical exfoliants—just a gentle, skin-friendly acid that softens and sloughs dead skin cells slowly after application.
Looking for results-driven professional skincare? We have it covered at NASCENT with brands such as Aspect, Aspect Dr, Aspect Minerals, Aspect Sun, Colorescience, Cosmedix, Cosmedix Elite, Dermaquest, PCA Skin and Societe. Look for Free Delivery, Gifts & Regular Specials.
Please Note: Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite and Dermaquest products feature higher-level active ingredients to ensure maximum efficacy without a prescription. These products are only sold at select physician, skin clinic and spa locations. If your purchase contains any Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite or Dermaquest products – our Skin Specialist is required to speak with you regarding the use of these products before your purchase can be authorised and shipped.
A Guide to Selecting the Best Skincare Products
Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skincare options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skincare products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.
The use of professional active ingredient skincare is recommended. The “Professional” skincare products we recommend on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in the department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-
- higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems
(OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise the chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
- are backed by clinical studies
(not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
- are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use
(OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets)
- contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
(OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
- are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients when exposed to the air
- have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between 4.5 and 5.5.
(Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
- do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives
Professional skincare often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to the concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skincare is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type.
When used properly, professional skincare products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but over time can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skincare and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.