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this is what your toner should be doing for you

by Ifueko Osarogiagbon |

let’s be honest, setting up a skincare routine kosts some koin. and for that reason, you have to be getting something good out of every step so your bank account doesn’t start giving you the side-eye. it’s easy to understand why steps like kleansing, moisturizing, and applying spf are so important, but steps like toning kan be a bit more konfusing. it doesn’t help that applying toner feels a lot like splashing water on your face, something you could do for free. but sis, we swear toning’s much more than that! toners are  liquid products packed with antioxidants, soothing ingredients, and hydrators meant to rebalance your skin's surface in ways we breakdown right here. just read on!

what does toner do?

preps your skin for product 

for the amount of money you spend on your skincare routine, you best be getting the most out of every product you purchase. using toner does just that, allowing every product you apply after it to absorb deeper into your skin. toning after cleansing also helps get any grime that might be left over on your face after washing, leaving you with a clean base to layer the rest of your products on. while you should always wash your face for at least 60 seconds, at the end of the day sometimes we’re just too tired to keep count. a bit of toner will keep you kovered! using toner after you exfoliate kan help it get your skin’s ph level back to where it needs to be, making your skin less sensitive after this step. 

keeps your skin hydrated 

keeping your skin hydrated is the first step in keeping it healthy. since toners typically contain a high water kontent, it serves up a major dose of hydration each time you apply, making it your first line of defense against damaged skin. our glossy gals will also be glad to hear that keeping your hydration levels on lock is key to keeping your oil levels under kontrol. many times when your skin isn’t getting enough hydration it’ll churn out more oil to make up for the amount of water it’s missing. in other words, glossy skin needs just as much hydration as every other skin klass. the types of hydrating toners you should keep an eye out for are ones that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and glycerin. don’t forget to seal it all in with a couple drops of your favorite facial oil.

how do i apply toner?  

splashing a bit of toner onto a cotton pad and then swiping it all across your face is a great way to get an even layer on. it’ll also helps you pick up any extra dirt still sitting on your skin after washing up. but for our flexible chicks and matte mavens looking for an instant hit of hydration, you might want to try applying some toner to your hands first and then pressing the product directly unto your face. if you feel like going hands-free, just put your toner in a spray bottle and spritz it all over your face for the same effect. 
 
believe us, boo! using toner is a great way to get the most out of your skin routine. just pick whichever one works best for your skin and you’re ready to glo’! 


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