All things Toners!

Have you heard of facial toners and never really been sure what the actual benefits are for your skin? Or maybe you use one and aren’t sure why… So, here’s a little insight into the main reasons we use toners and my personal toning recommendations!


Firstly, when do we use them?

The most widely used method is to tone your face after cleansing. So, for me, that’s twice a day.

How do we use them?

Depending on the style of toner, either put the toning solution onto a cotton pad and gently dab all over the face, OR if it’s in the form of a spray, give your face a little spritz and leave to dry/dab into skin with a cotton pad.

Most importantly, WHY do we use them?

  • Hydrating
  • Nourishing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for oily, spot prone skin
  • Pore cleansing and shrinking
  • Good for drawing out oil and makeup from the skin
  • Skin pH balancing

Which toners are good to use?

I, personally, use two/three different toners depending on my skin and the time of day. In the morning, as I have quite oily skin I’ll usually use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion (200ml). This minimises the appearance of pores and regulates sebum production. I really feel like this is great at helping maintain clear skin.
If my skin is feeling drier, dull or tired in the mornings I’ll use ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ by Lush. This contains seaweed and rose and patchouli oil, reducing redness and acting as a cooling astringent on the skin. I adore this toner, it smells incredible and is such a lovely product to use in the mornings!
In the evenings, I’ll use Apple Cider Vinegar. (If you want to know more about why this is good for the skin, check out my blog post all about Apple Cider Vinegar) In short, it unclogs pores, helps balance pH and has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. However, after use, it does increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun’s UV rays, which is why I use it at night. If you do choose to use Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner in the mornings, ensure you apply SPF before going outside.

Mario Badescu

Other toners I particularly like are:

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea 

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner 

I’d say, when looking for a toner, your best bet is to go for the most natural and minimal ingredients possible e.g. Rose Water, Essential Oils, Aloe Vera, Seaweed and so on. 

Until next week! x