Facial toners are an essential part of any skincare routine, yet it is often the most overlooked. Most estheticians will tell you not to skip this crucial step, as a high quality toner has many benefits for the overall appearance of your skin.
A facial toner is used after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. Even when you think your skin is clean, often there are the last traces of either your cleanser, make-up or even excess oil. A toner can give your face one more thorough cleansing before you apply other products.
There are also many other benefits to using a facial toner twice a day. First, a high quality toner can help the skin return to and maintain its ideal acidic pH level. When this level is at its optimum, it acts as way to protect the body against bacteria and micro-organisms. Second, if you are prone to oily skin, using an alcohol-free toner keeps the oil at bay. Alcohol can dry out your skin and therefore the skin tries to overcompensate thus producing more oil. Finally, a toner has an astringent property that makes pores appear to be smaller.
At the School of Botanical Aesthetics Licensed Esthetician program, you will learn which natural ingredients and which products make the best facial toners.