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What Is A Toner And Why Do I Need One?

A facial toner is an integral part to any great skincare routine. Many people don’t actually understand what they do or why you need one, which is why it tends to be the first part of a skincare routine people don’t stick with.

So, What Is A Facial Toner?

A toner is a skincare product that is formulated to cleanse the skin and instantly revitalise. Toner fills the gap between your cleanser and moisturiser and aims to remove any excess oil a cleanser might leave behind, whilst nourishing your skin with hydrating ingredients. As the formulas tend to be thinner, they give your skin a quick dose of antioxidants, soothing ingredients and hydrating agents.

They’re fast acting, which means you should see results pretty quickly. Once you start using one, you won’t be able to stop.

Toner For Oily Skin

The formula of your toner should be different if you have oily skin. You’ll no doubt be looking for something that will help control, balance and remove any excess oil. Astringent or oil-free toners will be perfect for you. They’ll help remove any excess dirt and oil from the skin, whilst helping balance out your oil production and smoothing out your skins appearance.

Toner For Dry Skin

If your skin is on the drier side, a toner can really help to lock in hydration and reduce facial redness. The formula will most likely have a milky texture, or skin soothing ingredients. Toner’s tend to have a more fluid consistency, which makes them sink deeper into the skin. This is particularly great for dry skin, as it helps draw your moisturiser into the skin prolonging the benefits.

How Do You Use A Toner?

Apply your toner directly after cleansing, and before the rest of your skincare routine. The majority of toners need to be dispensed onto a cotton pad, and then swiped across your face. You’ll be surprised by the excess oil you’ll see left behind! After this, you can pat dry and follow with your serum and moisturiser.

We like looking out for toners that come with a spray nozzle, as you can apply these directly to your skin without the need for a cotton pad. You simply spray, then pat into the skin. Most of them can also be used to freshen up your skin throughout the day.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t already use a toner, we’d seriously suggest you give one a try – especially during the summer months! If you’re looking to add a toner to your skincare collection, click here and discover our full range.

Make sure you head over to Mankind and check out our selection of facial toners.



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