The act of putting on toner seems like a no brainer. However, there is a wrong way to apply it that can result in zits, blemishes and other unsightly purging. Follow this quick and easy guide how to apply toner right every time.
Six Easy Steps to Using Toner
- Wash your face. If you want to use a face mask, use the tone after you do that, not before.
- Lightly dry your face by patting, not rubbing, a clean towel onto your skin.
- Use the toner by spraying it onto your skin or pouring a dime to quarter sized amount onto the palm of your hand. Rub it between both hands for even application and to warm the product before putting it on; this helps to avoid shocking your skin.
- Pat the toner onto your face with clean hands, starting at the T-zone and working outwards. Don’t forget your neck.
- Wait for the wetness to dry.
- Finish with the rest of your skin care regimen. You must moisturize after applying toner to ensure proper hydration and healthy skin. Some people apply additional toner after moisturizer to prevent clogging and control acne.
What to Do ; Avoid
It is not advisable that you use cotton balls or pads to apply toner, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne. This is because the tiny bits of cotton fibers will get into your pores, which will cause them to clog. The results of this can be disastrous if you’re not careful.
No matter what kind of toner you get, be sure you read all instructions, warnings and contraindications before using. This will help curb any avoidable issues when applying it to your face.
Skin Type Suitability
Always use a toner suited to your particular skin type that targets concerns specific to your skin. For instance, if you have oily acne-prone skin, get toners containing denatured alcohol and salicylic acid. Combination skin might have to change their toner depending on their skin’s behavior between seasons.
If you have dry, damaged skin avoid any amount of alcohol in your toner. But, you do want to make sure it has a bit of aloe and hyaurolonic acid for moisture and plumpness. In the event you have sensitive skin, use only witch hazel or rosewater.
Frequency of Use
When using a toner with harsher ingredients like rubbing alcohol or salicylic acid, only apply these once or twice per week. Do not use them every time you clean your skin. This is because it can strip your skin of its natural oils and contribute to premature signs of aging.
Touting the Toner
Toner isn’t a long, involved process; it should be rather quick, refreshing and painless. But, if you are reckless about putting it on, it can create a world of problems that you didn’t intend. Following these simple steps will not only keep your skin young and beautiful looking but also smooth, nourished and healthy.