If you suffer from acne or oily skin, then toners may become your holy grail! Toners, back in the day especially, would get a bad rap because almost all of them were alcohol-based & stripped your skin of its natural moisture (ummmm remember Sea Breeze!??!). Alcohol-free toners are now all the rage and are doing absolute wonders for those with oily, acne-prone skin. And not just those skin types will benefit… say you’ve got large pores, or dry skin… then a great toner will become your new bestie.
Side note – I did read that some folks recommend toners with alcohol for folks with oily skin, but I just wouldn’t buy a toner with alcohol regardless.
Toners have a host of great benefits –
- Shrink pores
- Gives your skin a natural pH balance
- Adds protection
- Refreshes skin
- Suppresses oiliness
- Prevents ingrown hairs
- Softens skin
What to look for in a toner –
- Alpha hydroxy acids – i.e. glycolic acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Rose water or lavender water – intense hydration
What your toner should NOT contain –
- Witch Hazel (mixed thoughts about this, but I would avoid for the most part)
- Anything overly fragrant
- Anything that brags that it’s ‘astringent’ (I believe that will strip all the beneficial goodies from your skin)
How to use –
Moisten a cotton pad or ball and gently sweep across the face morning & night
Options for use….
– As a toner before application of the rest of your skin care products
– To remove remaining impurities after cleansing
– As a way to freshen up your face during the day
All toners listed below are meant for ALL skin types!
Son & Park Beauty Water $30 #CheekysChoice
I personally own this one & just recommended it to a fellow Cheeky who LOVES it!
Missha Time Revolution Clear Toner $28 #CheekysChoice
I also own this toner & highly recommend it – very similar to the one above… maybe a little less popular!
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner $9 BIG BARGAIN!
I remember using this in high school! Still a good product!
Olehenriksen Balancing Force $26 #CheekysChoice
(not just for oily skin!)
(meant specifically for redness, all skin types)
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