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Facial Toners: Are They Necessary?

They’re advertised and touted as “needed”. Skin kits demand that you purchase ALL the products for perfect skin. Real life sets in. You’re tired. It’s late. We have all been there.

To tone or not to tone?

Toners are supposed to get that last trace of makeup or dirt off your face, tighten pores and refresh the skin. However, if you’re using the correct cleanser or washing with a Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, all your makeup should be gone with cleansing alone.

Experts agree, toners are not necessary and are often drying.

Toners are typically comprised of mostly water, color, preservatives, witch hazel, alcohol – and not much else. So if your budget is tight, skip this purchase and put your money towards vitamins, cleansers and anti-agers. It’ll be money better spent and you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Here are some instances where toners can be useful:

  • If you wear heavy makeup that contains quite a bit of silicone (which might be the case if your make up is difficult to wash off), a toner might help in the cleansing process.
  • A toner is also useful if you don’t feel like cleansing your skin at night and want to do a quick “once over”. It’s certainly better than doing nothing at all.
  • If you have oily or acne-prone skin, a toner may be a good choice to remove the excess oil, but this is the only instance where a facial toner becomes a necessity.

Bottom line, toners can be useful especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin or if you wear a lot of heavy make up, but they aren’t a necessity. If you do choose to use a toner, pick one without alcohol so your skin doesn’t dry out, and try to find one with skin soothing vitamins. Shop for Toners on our site.

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