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With a million different types of skin care products out there, doesn’t it seem like your skin care routine is constantly expanding? Well, it turns out that you might be overlooking one product that’s been around for quite a long time—and that’s toner! Yes, toner. You probably remember using the stuff in your middle school days, but did you know that it’s still worth considering as part of your current skin care routine? Yep, that’s right! Get ready to brush up on your toner knowledge. Find out what benefits using toner can have and how to add it into your beauty regimen.
Not quite sure what toner does? Depending on which one you use, it can have quite a few benefits, actually. A toner can help to ensure that dirt, excess oil, leftover cleanser, and any other impurities are swept away and off your skin’s surface after cleansing. Depending on the formula you choose, a toner can also refresh your skin, help it look brighter, and leave it feeling soft and smooth. Pretty neat, right?
It really depends on the individual. Some may find that they need an extra bit of cleaning, while others may just not have the time to incorporate a toner into their skin care routine. It truly depends. If you have dry or sensitive skin, though, keep this in mind: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, alcohol-based toners can potentially irritate your skin, so check the label first.
Intrigued by toner and want to add one to your skin care routine? Try the L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner. This toner is 99 percent alcohol free and has a gentle, non-drying formula. It’s formulated with beta hydroxy and Pro-Vitamin B5 to help gently sweep away dull, tired-looking skin and protect against moisture loss. It also refreshes skin in a splash, helps to reveal a brighter-looking complexion, and leaves skin feeling soft and supple. To use, apply it with a cotton ball in the morning and at night.
So, you’ve decided you want to start using a toner—but when, exactly, do you apply it? We’re here to break it down for you. Below is the order you should follow for a basic skin care routine.
Step 1: Cleanse. First things first: It’s important to cleanse your face as the starting step in your skin care routine to help wash away any dirt, excess oils, and impurities that are on the surface of your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser. It helps to lift dirt and impurities away without drying out the skin.
Step 2: Tone. This is where toner comes in! Using a cotton ball, gently sweep toner across your face after cleansing to help rid the surface of your skin of any impurities that might still remain. Toner can be used morning and night.
Step 3: Serum. Typically, serums are highly concentrated formulas that address specific issues, like wrinkles or dark spots. Serums can also help to improve the overall appearance of your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum. As you age, surface cell regeneration can slow down, causing a decrease in your complexion’s overall radiance. This serum helps to encourage surface skin cell renewal, protect against free radicals, and illuminate skin. It can be used day and night.
Step 4: Moisturizer. Remember: Moisturized skin = happy skin! Look for a moisturizer designed for your specific skin type—and yes, you should even use one if you have oily skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. These water-based moisturizers are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Step 5: SPF (in the morning only). When it comes to your morning beauty routine, SPF is crucial. Spending time out in the sun sans protection can lead to damage, which can show up down the road as visible signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher every day. Sunscreen should be the last step in your morning skin care routine, so apply it after moisturizer 15 minutes before you go outside—and remember to reapply every two hours!