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Toner: What It Is and How to Use It

Skin Care Essentials

Toner: What It Is and How to Use It Toner: What It Is and How to Use It Toner: What It Is and How to Use It

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 skin care 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, whether you have dry skin or oily skin? Yep, that’s right! Get ready to brush up on your toner knowledge. Find out what benefits using toner can have and how to use toner as part of your beauty regimen.

THE BENEFITS OF USING TONER IN YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Not quite sure what toner does? Depending on which one you use, it can have quite a few benefits, actually. Most popularly, a toner can help to ensure that dirt, excess oil, leftover facial cleanser, and any other impurities are swept away and off your skin’s surface after cleansing. It can also be used as a makeup remover. 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?

SHOULD YOU USE A TONER?

Now that you know all about the benefits of toner, you might be thinking about whether or not it’s a worthwhile skin care product to add to your skin care routine. Well, it really depends on the individual. Some people may find that they need an extra bit of cleansing, making toner a useful addition, 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 to ensure the toner you buy doesn’t have alcohol in it.

OUR BEST TONER

Intrigued by toner and want to add one to your skin care routine? Turn your attention to our best toner. 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 acid 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 to your skin with a cotton ball in the morning and at night.

HOW TO USE TONER IN YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE

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 an in-depth skin care routine, including how to use toner. Typically, you should apply skin care products based on their consistency, going from thin to thick. Not sure what we mean? Keep reading.

Step 1: Do an Initial Cleanse with Micellar Water

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. Get your skin care routine started with a micellar water, like the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies; the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes; or the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof – All Skin Types, which intensely purifies. Pour some of your micellar water of choice onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face.

Step 2: Use a Rinse-off Facial Cleanser

After you’ve done an initial cleanse with micellar water, pick up a rinse-off facial cleanser. Try the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Facial Cleanser, L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Facial Cleanser, or L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Facial Cleanser, all of which are formulated to rid the surface of your skin of impurities and seamlessly transform from clay to mousse. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands, add water to transform it from clay to mousse, then gently massage it onto your skin and rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.

Step 3: Massage toner across your face

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 and brighten the appearance of your skin. Toner can be used morning and night to prep your complexion for the rest of your skin care routine.

Step 4: Apply facial serum

Typically, facial serums are highly concentrated formulas that address specific issues, like fine lines and wrinkles or dark spots. Facial serums can also help to improve the overall appearance of your skin. Looking to incorporate anti-aging skin care products into your skin care routine? Try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum, which can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time. For dark spots, try the L'Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector.

Step 5: Dab on eye cream

Next up: Eye cream! Post-facial serum application, reach for an eye cream to help address the appearance of skin care concerns such as dark circles, crow’s feet, or puffiness. The skin around your eyes is very delicate, so it requires special care. The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream can help minimize the appearance of dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time.

Step 6: Smooth on 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, as you should be replacing moisture loss during the cleansing process. 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 vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. For extra hydration, squeeze a couple of drops of facial oil into your moisturizer before applying it to your complexion.

Step 7: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning

When it comes to your morning beauty routine, broad-spectrum sunscreen 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 fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher every day. Sunscreen should be the last step in your morning skin care routine, so apply it as directed after moisturizer about 15 minutes before you go outside—and remember to reapply every two hours! Sunscreen isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take in the morning, however. You should also limit your amount of time in the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

Bonus Step: Exfoliate or use a face mask

While there are some steps you should take in your skin care routine every day, there are others that you only need to do a couple of times a week. That’s the case for face scrubs and face masks. Both of these skin care products can help perfect the appearance of your skin. If you want to exfoliate, reach for a gentle sugar scrub, like the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, or L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, three times a week.

Another great option you have to perfect the appearance of your skin is using a face mask. Use the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, or L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask 2-3 times a week for best results.

Now you know how to use toner as part of your skin care routine! For your next skin care lesson, head on over to our article, What Is Cica Cream?