We lose a lot of water after washing and that’s why we put in moisturiser to seal the water in. so in reality moisturiser will not do crazy things than acting like an occlusive. So why toners are important and what is their placement in our skincare routines?. You might have heard about astringents in the past which are meant for oily skin and they contained alcohol and they often dried your skin and eventually produce more oil to compensate. Modern toners are hydrating and they often used to balance skin’s PH and they don’t contain drying agents. If you look at the Korean ones they are very hydrating and if used multiple layers you can get away with just toners.
So why is it important to use toners while using actives. Below is a short summary of different active toners and their benefits in skincare routine. To put it simple acids can take the dead skin cells and promote regeneration without damaging the skin. So acid toners are used as they have lighter consistency and I don’t feel heavy.
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Pro tip: Apply first layer of hydrating toner with cotton pad. Wait till it dry. Take some on cleansed hand and pat it dry on your face the second layer. Wait few minutes and continue up to 7 layers or till you feel skin is hydrated enough . You don’t need to many products then.