No, we’re not talking about working out (although that’s probably not a bad idea, either) – we’re talking about the kind of toner you put on your face. Some people swear by it, while others insist it does absolutely nothing. Should you make toner a part of your daily skin care routine?
Toners are designed to help keep your skin hydrated, shrink the appearance of pores and cleanse your face. Some do this gently, while others, like astringents, are a little more intense. You can apply toner as a mist or as a liquid with a cotton ball, depending on how sensitive your skin is. But the real question is, do they work? The answer depends on your unique skin.
If you have sensitive skin that turns red and angry at the first touch of a rough fabric, stay away from harsh astringents. Instead, try skin refreshers, like rosewater, which will keep your face hydrated without irritation.
On the other hand, if your face can handle it, an alcohol-based astringent will eliminate dirt and oil and tell those pores to tighten up. If you’re prone to acne, astringent is an effective way to help keep your skin blemish-free – just be sure not to skip the moisturizer, since toner can be drying.