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Tone it down...

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 6:11pm

Toners are something that not everyone loves, but the days of alcohol-filled toner that would scald the face off you, strip essential oils and give you a partial chemical peel, are thankfully long gone.

Toners now are far less astringent but they can have a vital role to play in skincare and not always in the traditional way of cleanse, tone, moisturise.

Skincare is evolving all the time and the way we utilise it needs to change for us to adapt to our ever-changing planet.

If you live in an area where there is lime in the water, for example, and you wash your face, you need to neutralise the lime with a product like toner before you moisturise. This ensures that the skin is ready and the PH is at the correct level to absorb any serums etc. Not all balancing products adhere to the type of toner we are used to. Some of them are only used at night time to help with exfoliation, believe it or not.

The Body Shop has a beautiful range of toners and the two that stand out for me, as someone with a more mature skin type, is the Petals Soft Gel Toner, which contains real rose petals from England and community fair trade aloe vera from Mexico. The texture is cool and refreshing.

The Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Milky Toner is great for anyone that is predisposed to dull skin lacking radiance. It helps to leave skin noticeable brighter and radiant using organic sesame oil from Nicaragua. This helps to smooth and prime skin for the next step. Available from the Body Shop or online at thebodyshop.ie.

Combination to oily skin will love the Skinceuticals Equalising Toner which comes in a handy spritz bottle. It clears excess sebum like a dream and won’t sting your skin. Enriched with mixed hydroxy acids and botanical extracts such as witch hazel, rosemary, aloe and chamomile, this daily toner helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells whilst providing the feel of a softer, smoother and more toned skin.

For aging blemished skin or those suffering with adult acne, its blemish and age toner is perfect. The Blemish Age Cleansing Gel combines cleansing agents with glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Blemish Age Cleansing Gel helps to decongest pores, smooth irregularities and brighten the appearance of dull looking skin. Available from skinceuticals.co.uk.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial oil free toner is formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on the skin's surface, while leaving it instantly fresh and healthy looking. Made with imperata cylindrica root extract to soothe and hydrate skin, the non-drying alcohol free formula gently removes any remaining residue, impurities and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture. This formula is pH balanced, tested for safety and gentleness.

For younger skin, the Shiseido Waso range is perfect; it uses a product called Fresh Jelly Lotion that is gel to liquid and removes impurities and leaves a gentle layer of hydration.

If you wish to brighten your skin, then Yonka Essential White used twice per day will help with dull pigmented skin. It is a potent exfoliating fluid and is your essential first step to a bright and velvety complexion free from dark spots. Its exclusive formula features a triple-acid synergy of dermatological acids including glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids.

Prickly Pear Extract works in tandem with the acids and boosts the skin’s ability to dissolve lifeless skin cells. This results in overall clearer brighter skin. Available from yonka.ie.

Not forgetting mens' skin, which by all accounts tends to be oilier than womens', the Kiehls Oil Eliminator is an ultra-fine toning mist that helps to reduce excess oil on contact. It instantly cools skin and helps remove excess oil to reduce the appearance of shine and pores. It leaves skin with a clean, matte, healthy-looking appearance and ready for the next skincare step.

Night time is a wonderful time to use Vichy Idelia Peeling toner which contains fruit acids to help break down the skins dead and dull skin. It will help activate your radiance and only needs to be used at night time which means it is a once per day miracle.

If you are on a budget, try Ultra Pure Labs Rosewater which is gentle and gives a nice refreshed finish to the skin and will work on all skin types.

I hope this dispels many of the myths of toning your skin. Of course the best way of using a toner is with a cotton pad, sweeping it over your face in upwards motions.

A little tingle is no harm but avoid anything that stings and discontinue use immediately if that is the case.

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