Toners are the underrated, misunderstood step of skin care routines and many of us overlook this step whether it's to save money, time or maybe we just don't know why we need them?.
In the past, facial toners were deemed unnecessary, filled with harsh astringents and were even considered a taboo. What are astringents? Any group of chemicals that causes the contraction or shrinkage of skin and dry up secretions. Common astringents include: alcohol, witch hazel, silver nitrate, zinc oxide and some acids (salicylic acid). These claimed to remove remaining traces of makeup, remove any greasy shine, and ‘shrink’ your pores. But the high alcohol content actually strips the skin, leaving it taut, sensitive and dehydrated.
Now don't get me wrong, this did ‘evoke’ the feeling of smaller pores, and maybe even make them ‘appear’ smaller. But I’m sure none of you actually ever enjoyed this stinging, arduous step in your routines.
However, toners of today have since evolved and are actually a vital step in every skin care routine.