Toner: The Skincare Essential You Might Be Overlooking

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It seems like there are new beauty products being released all the time, constantly adding new steps you hadn’t even thought of before to your skincare routine. Such product and information overload can often leave you asking “Is this product even really necessary?” A lot of times, the answer to that question is no.  However, since different skin types have different needs, it's always a good idea to take stock of yourself as an individual and decide whether a product is mandatory, nice to have, unnecessary, or downright harmful.

One type of product that has consistently been up for debate is toner. Toner was initially developed as an extra cleansing step to ensure removal of all traces of dirt and debris left behind from regular cleansers. That definition naturally implies the ineffectiveness of traditional cleansers, which was true back in the days of lye-based soaps that left residue on the face. However cleansers have come a long way in terms of effectiveness and should not leave any impurities behind, making the harsh alcohol-based toners you may have grown up with obsolete. Given those advancements, and the popularity of the double cleanse method, it's enough to make you wonder if toners are just an outdated habit we just can’t break or if they actually have a place in modern skincare. 

How Do I Know if Toner is Right for My Skin?

One thing to take note of in determining whether you need to use toner in your skincare routine is whether your skin feels “balanced” after cleansing—that is, whether it feels too dry or remains too oily after it’s been washed. If your skin feels balanced, toner is likely a step you can skip. However, if not, use of a toner immediately after washing - while skin is still damp - will help restore the pH balance of your skin and enhance the activity and absorption of any treatment products that follow

What Should I Look For in a Toner?
Regardless of whether you have naturally oily, dry, or acne-prone skin, bypass harsh toners containing alcohol, parabens, fragrance and artificial dyes. Instead, seek out products with hydrating and soothing ingredients like glycerin, aloe, and hyaluronic acid.

At A-Daima Cosmetics, we’re huge fans of botanical anti-inflammatories like allantoin and calendula extract. And we absolutely LOVE anti-aging ingredients like niacinamide, all of which are included in our Safi Toning Mist