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Why Do I Need a Toner?

Although regular cleansing is a typical first step in any skin care regimen, facial toners have an important role to play. Toners are designed to clean your skin thoroughly, removing accumulated oil, dirt, dead skin cells and makeup to keep your pores clear and healthy. A good toner will not strip away all the moisture from your skin but will restore the pH balance, counteract any drying effect from soap or face wash, and leave your skin feeling firm and clean. Toners can help prepare your skin for moisturizers and treatment products.

Suit Your Skin Type

The type of skin you have will determine the toner that is best for you. If you have oily skin prone to breakouts, consider a formula containing blemish-targeting ingredients. Salicylic acid is widely used to unclog blocked pores, eliminate oily residue and fight breakouts. Tea tree oil is prized for its natural antiseptic properties and is found in many natural formulas for blemish-prone skin.

If you have sensitive skin, consider an alcohol-free toner gentle enough for everyday use. If your skin doesn't dry out or react with one application per day, try using it morning and night if needed. Some toners include natural ingredients like cucumber extract, green tea, aloe vera or witch hazel to soothe inflamed or irritated skin. It is also important to look after sensitive skin during the day by using a protective sunscreen.

For naturally dry skin, choose a hydrating toner to purify and condition your complexion while retaining your skin's moisture.

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