Are you sceptical about using toner? You are not convinced? Or you believe that the toner will dry you skin out? Toners have become a confusing category of skin-care products. We categorise toners in cleansing group and we considerate it is as an optional step but on the other side, toners are in a moisturising category in Asian countries and people there cannot imagine skincare without toners. Once you understand how toners work and know the best toner for your skin, then it can be the perfect addition to your skin-care routine!


1. It will remove residual makeup and cleanser It’s a challenge to get it all off every last bit of make-up and cleanser with the splash of water and hand wiping and any tiny particles left from the rinsing process can clog pores.


2. Gently remove excess dead skin cells Some toners contain exfoliating agents such as AHA or Glycolic acids that can help remove flakes of dead skin. It helps to bring out the natural brightness of the skin. Even with the moisturising toner without exfoliating agent will also helps to remove dead skin cells with the action of gently wiping the face with dampened cotton with a few drops of toner.


3. Tighten your pores If you have open pores, the toner is a must-have. Black and white heads are certainly making your pores bigger. The toner will loosen them, clean and tighten the pores. The other reasons for the open pores are dehydration and / or excessive oil flow. Tones with packed active ingredients will restore the hydration and regulate the oil flow.


4. Toner helps skin prone to acne If you have just a few blemishes here and there, a toner with acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid or glycolic acid could be enough to keep those breakouts at bay. Toners are good preventatives for those occasional bumps and blemishes that pop up. If you have moderate to severe inflammatory acne or cystic acne, toner with alcohol or AHA may burn or sting when applied. If you are under acne treatment such us Roaccutane or strong topical treatment, you may want to consult with your doctor or specialist before choosing your toner.


5. Toner restores the pH balance and feeds your skin nutrients The skin’s optimal pH is 5.5 - this pH level keeps the skin looking radiant and also resists harmful bacteria. The issue is that when your skin produces excess oil, your skin becomes acidic but the skin becomes a bit dry after cleansing and if left as-is without any moisturizer. Tap water also affects the skin’s protective pH condition. Good toners are formulated to restore the pH balance.


6. Toner starts the moisturizing process Toners contain moisturizing ingredients designed to lightly moisturize the skin, soothing and relaxing it. Toners prepare the skin for better absorption of next skincare product to use and maximize the benefits of any facial moisturizer.