Skin Care Regimen, Step 2: Toners

The next step after cleansing is using a toner.
You’ve probably heard that using a toner is an optional step in the skin care regimen, but there are some benefits to finding a toner that works for you. It helps firm skin and gets rid of any residue left over after using a makeup cleanser. It also helps to balance the skin’s pH. However, most beauty experts agree that a good skin cleanser will not leave behind any makeup.
Toners seem to “close” pores, giving the appearance that they are smaller, and thus, the skin tighter. Be careful using toners with an astringent – this is an alcohol-based product that can dry out skin. Strangely enough, sometimes this can also lead to a rebound effect, with excess oil production occurring as the body’s way of coping with the dryness.

If you don’t know how to use a toner, here is what to do:

  • Cleanse and thoroughly dry your face
  • Apply a small amount to a cotton ball
  • Stroke the cotton ball over your face (excluding close to eye area), especially anywhere that oil gathers
  • Allow the toner to absorb for a few minutes before applying moisturizer

That’s it!

Stay tuned for Step 3…

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