Why does a skin toner make your skin healthy and smooth?
Skin toners are the one of the most basic cosmetic products, together with skin cleansers and moisturizers. If you use the toner correctly, your skin will begin to show a rapid improvement. This article will show why a skin toner is important to make healthier and ‘translucent’ looking skin.
The skin has a tendency to become alkaline after being cleansed with facial soap or wash. Toner can help to return your skin to a weaker acidic skin condition (pH 4.5 – 5.5) and balance the skin’s pH level. Why is it important to keep the skin acidity low? Because this is an ideal environment for skin flora, and the skin’s indigenous bacteria is very important to keep the skin healthy, as they decompose sebum (oil) and keep the skin acidic in order to protect from harmful bacteria that can cause problems. In particular, acne-prone skin can easily see an increase in the P. acnes bacteria(Propionibacterium acnes) that causes acne and imbalances the growth environment for skin flora. Weak acidic skin toner can help to improve this kind of problematic skin condition.
The skin toner with a moisturizing effect (more likely to be just called skin lotion), will hydrate and soften the skin. However, water easily disperses in air, so the skin may not get as many optimal benefits as it should. To penetrate hydration into the epidermis effectively, I would advise soaking the lotion into a face sheet mask or cotton pad and making a whole-face mask. When the epidermis is fully hydrated, the skin will begin to look healthily ‘translucent’ with a fine, delicate texture.
Toner can be used to condition the skin, either by restoring the skin’s pH levels or by hydrating the epidermis. It can play an important role to improve the skin’s environment for effective care subsequently.
As you can see, there are many varieties of toners. Some have a peeling action due to ingredients such as glocolic acid and lactic acid. Others are good at moisturizing the skin with hyaroatic acid or ceramide. There are different options depending on your skin condition and concerns.
- For oily skin, a refreshing type that removes excess sebum and exfoliates thickened skin.
- For sensitive and dry skin, use a moisturizing type with no skin irritant ingredients.
- For anti-aging purposes, a toner that both hydrates and nourishes the skin.
- If you are concerned about open pores, you can use a toner that exfoliates the skin and shrinks the pores.
- For acne or problematic skin, the toner should be mildly acidic with a bactericidal action.
- For pigmentation, a toner that enhances the skin’s turnover process, containing “color clarifying ingredients” to inhibit melanin production and clear and brighten the skin tone.
Choose the toner to think about both the condition of your skin (sensitive, oily, dry?), specific concerns (acne, age spots, aging, open pores?), and appearance (roughness, textured, dullness, tired, uneven?).
To obtain optimal benefits from the skin toner, you have to choose the right one to work for your skin condition.
The skin toner plays an important role in conditioning a healthy base for the skin.