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Your Complete Guide to Facial Toner

Have you ever wondered how toner would help your skin in the long-run? What goes on right underneath the skin and why is it considered a necessity nowadays?  When you walk into a store, a skincare specialist asked you this question. “Tell me about your skincare regime. Are you doing the 3(+1)-steps routine”? Asked yourself, were you caught off guard? What was your reaction- tongue-tied? Many of us do. In fact, a handful of us are not educated on the importance of a 3(+1) steps routine, which consists of Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise (+ Sunblock). Admit it, no one taught us the proper usage of the skincare regime and how important is it to have them applied every day. Fear not, Tropika Club will take you through this journey today. 



  • “What Exactly is a Toner?” provides a concise explanation of what toner is and its purpose in a skincare routine. It highlights how toners help balance the skin’s pH levels, remove impurities, and prepare the skin for better absorption of subsequent skincare products.
  • “What Kind of Toner Should I Use?” offers guidance on choosing the right toner based on individual skin type and concerns. It discusses different types of toners, such as hydrating, exfoliating, and clarifying toners, and provides insights into their specific benefits.
  • “What is the Application Method for Toners?” outlines the step-by-step process of applying toner effectively. It covers key points such as cleansing the face prior to toning, using a cotton pad or hands for application, and gently patting the toner onto the skin.
  • “Are There Any Side-effects to Applying Toner Daily?” addresses potential side effects of daily toner use. It highlights that most toners are safe for daily use, but individuals with sensitive skin should be cautious and perform patch tests to avoid any adverse reactions. It also suggests seeking professional advice if experiencing persistent irritation or discomfort.

What Exactly is a Toner?

Toner- the very first step to the daily skincare routine right after you cleanse your skin, yet many do not understand the value of using a toner. It provides multiple benefits to your skin, and it caters to different skin types. One important question- alcohol-based or no?  

First and foremost, Toner serves multiple benefits to your skin-  

  1. Acts as a double-cleanse to your skin 
  2. After cleansing, take a cotton pad or apply the toner directly to your hands. Gently pat the toner onto your skin, focusing on areas such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin. This helps balance the skin’s pH levels and prepares it for better absorption of subsequent products.
  3. Essence or Serum: Apply a few drops of your preferred essence or serum. These products deliver concentrated active ingredients to target specific skin concerns, such as hydration, brightening, or anti-aging.
  4. Balances the pH on your skin 
  5. Control acne  
  6. Reduce the appearance of pores 

Looking at the list above, how close are you to getting a toner? Are you already sold? If you have more confusions, worry not! Read through for a deeper understanding on the big T word. 

Your Complete Guide to Facial Toner

What Kind of Toner Should I Use?

For starters, we would highly recommend using an alcohol- free toner unless specify by a skincare professional. An alcohol-free toner refreshes the skin without stripping away the natural moisture on the skin, and providing the other benefits listed above.  

For drier skin types, you should look for humectant ingredients that contain the following- 

  1. Glycerin 
  2. Propylene glycol 
  3. Butylene glycol 
  4. Aloe 
  5. Hyaluronic Acid 
  6. Sodium lactate  

These hydrating toners will be your best friend and it will make a huge difference in the long run. 

Whereas astringent toner (or alcohol toner as many may call it), this is a stronger form of toner. It contains a higher concentration of alcohol, and more often than not, it contains salicylic acid to help fight pimples and blackheads. This kind of toner is suitable for people with combination to oily skin type as well as skin that is acne-prone. However, certain astringents can be drying if overused. Again, I always asked a skincare professional for advice before proceeding. 



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What is the Application Method for Toners?

Firstly, remember that toner is ALWAYS applied right after cleansing. This is a confusion that many have and The Tropika Club is here to emphasise on this again. Damp the cotton pad with toner and glide it across your skin to remove the last traces of dirt and excess oil to prepare your skin for the next step of product. With a layer of moisture on the skin, you may apply your next stage of skincare routine (essence, serum, moisturiser) for better absorption. Trust us, you will love it! 

Your Complete Guide to Facial Toner

Are There Any Side-effects to Applying Toner Daily?

We get it. This is a common question that was asked by consumer when the subject is brought up. Extracted from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/toner-necessary_n_2124513, Dr MacGregor mentioned that “every person needs an individualised skincare regimen. Using a toner can be a nice way to add active ingredients like retinoids, antioxidants and exfoliants to your existing products”.  

Hence, as long as the right toner is chosen for your skin type and concerns, it should complement to your daily skincare regime, in turn providing the necessary benefits in the long run. 

Whichever products you choose, it should leave your skin feeling refreshed. There should not be any irritations on the skin if you chose the right one. Hence, The Tropika Club would highly recommend that you get your skin assessed before deciding on the right toner, as toner will provide a long-term benefit to having a skin you desire! 

As we like to say it, to better skin ahead! 

Your Complete Guide to Facial Toner

Conclusion

In conclusion, understanding the concept of toner is essential for an effective skincare routine. A toner is a skincare product designed to balance the skin’s pH levels, remove impurities, and prepare the skin for better absorption of subsequent products.

When it comes to choosing the right toner, it’s important to consider individual skin type and concerns. Hydrating toners are beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin, while exfoliating toners help with removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover. Clarifying toners are suitable for oily or acne-prone skin. By selecting a toner that addresses specific needs, individuals can enhance their skincare results.

The application method for toners involves a few simple steps. First, cleanse the face thoroughly to remove any dirt or makeup. Then, either use a cotton pad or apply the toner directly to the hands. Gently pat the toner onto the skin, avoiding rubbing or tugging. This allows for better absorption and ensures even distribution.

As for the potential side effects of applying toner daily, most toners are safe for daily use. However, individuals with sensitive skin should be cautious and perform patch tests to check for any adverse reactions. It’s recommended to monitor the skin for any signs of irritation or discomfort. If such issues persist, seeking professional advice from a dermatologist or skincare expert is advisable.

In summary, incorporating a suitable toner into a skincare routine can contribute to balanced and refreshed skin. By understanding what toner is, selecting the right type, applying it correctly, and being mindful of any potential side effects, individuals can maximize the benefits of toning for healthier and more radiant skin.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What exactly is a toner?

A: A toner is a skincare product that helps balance the skin’s pH levels, remove impurities, and prepare the skin for better absorption of other skincare products. It can come in various forms and formulations to address different skin concerns.

Q: What kind of toner should I use?

A: The type of toner to use depends on your skin type and concerns. Hydrating toners are beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin, while exfoliating toners help remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Clarifying toners are suitable for oily or acne-prone skin. Choose a toner that aligns with your specific needs.

Q: What is the application method for toners?

A: To apply toner effectively, start with a cleansed face. You can use a cotton pad or apply the toner directly to your hands. Gently pat the toner onto your skin, avoiding rubbing or tugging. This allows for better absorption and ensures even distribution.

Q: Are there any side effects to applying toner daily?

A: In general, toners are safe for daily use. However, individuals with sensitive skin should perform patch tests before regular use to check for any adverse reactions. It’s important to monitor your skin for signs of irritation or discomfort. If you experience persistent issues, consult a dermatologist or skincare professional.

Q: How often should I use toner?

A: The frequency of toner use depends on your skin’s needs and the specific toner you are using. Most toners can be used twice daily, in the morning and evening, after cleansing. However, it’s best to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer or consult with a skincare professional for personalized guidance.

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