One word. TONER.
Serums, eye creams, night creams, day creams, SPF lotion… Name it, I’ve tried it. But I never used toner until my esthetician pointed it out to me a few years ago. When I got facials, she had to do a lot of extractions of blackheads and whiteheads. She said my pores were quite large, and that I can tighten my pores and thereby prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming just by using a toner. So I gave one a try. Then the next time I got a facial, she barely had to do any extractions and told me that my pores were a lot smaller. That made me a happy girl. But there are so many more benefits of a toner than tightening of pores.
1. It helps absorb all the other expensive products you put on afterwards
2. It resets your skin’s PH levels after cleansing
3. It can balance the oil on your face
4. It is an excellent way to hydrate your skin
5. It will tighten your pores, which equals to less clogging, breakouts, whiteheads, and blackheads.
My favorite toners are by Murad. I especially love that they come in a spray bottle. This actually lets you use much less of the product and it saves a tremendous amount of time (especially when you are getting ready in the morning). I usually spray about 3-4 times all over my face then I put on my eye cream, serums, and moisturizer. Just remember that the toner is the first thing that goes on your face right after cleansing.
I’ve used both many times over. They both smell refreshing but not perfume-y or overpowering. They are super easy to use- it literally takes me less than 2 seconds to get the toner on my face because it comes so conveniently in a spray bottle.
Try adding toners to your skincare routine if you aren’t doing it already. It is one of the most important steps in skincare, and you will see the difference it makes on your skin.