Today I wanted to talk about a new step in my skincare routine I feel I should have started years ago! Face toners: the cosmetic gods gift to our skin.
For those who don’t know what a toner is, it’s a step in between cleansing the skin, and applying your serum(s) and moisturiser. They can give you skin one final cleanse, to make sure all the day’s dirt and grime is banished, and balance your skin’s pH; cleansers can often alter this! Especially if you’re using soap or another alkaline product. Our skin is naturally acidic, around a 5 on the pH scale (according to healthline), and stops functioning well when thrown off balance.
Traditionally, toners were made for those of us with acne, with an alcohol base that could really dry out your skin. Now, they’re more often than not water based, and filled with complimentary ingredients designed for every skin type and ailment. And it’s the easiest thing to introduce! Just wet a little cotton pad with the toner and swipe over your face (and your neck/upper chest as some websites recommend!). Let it sink in for a moment then continue your regime.
Now for the toner that made my skin dreams come true… Lunar Glow’s face toner. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing, about toners in general, but the Amazon reviews swayed me!
Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, is the titular ingredient and has an impressive resume. Anti-inflammatory, anti-blemish and pro-skin. It regulates sebum (the oil your body produces) and de-clogs your pores, whilst calming your skin from any redness. And wow, within a few days I could tell the difference. My skin looked brighter, and smoother – a noticeable reduction of bumpy pimples!
Hyaluronic Acid is so big at the moment, and for good reason – it’s a great hydrator and has anti-ageing properties. And I was happy to see Aloe Vera in there! I’m always feeling flushed in the evenings, and this toner just calmed my skin right down quickly.
And, just like the title promises… My pores were minimised! The area around my nose is evening out with every use; a problem I’ve never found anything else to solve!
So if you aren’t using a toner right now, get out and buy one!! You won’t regret it, especially if you go for Lunar Glow’s Pore Minimising Toner. Let’s keep our pH levels balanced and our skin clean!