What are toners?
A toner can be compared to a primer in make up, it preps your skin and balances the PH. It’s particularly indicated to acne-prone skin and oily skin, although anyone can use it.
They shouldn’t have any alcohols, which could dry your skin and create different problems like dehydration in oily skin, in this case, it will appear a layer of dryness on top of oils.
How to use toners?
Toners are best used after cleansing and right before moisturizing and using oils; take a cotton ball imbibed with the toner and use gentle motion around your skin. You could use your toner to clean your ears, (I did so when I had an infection caused by dry skin), your back and chest and every other part of your body prone to breakouts; its balancing properties reduce the oily deposits.
It’s in the toner’s nature to hydrate and refresh the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
Choosing the right one for you
Toners add another layer of hydration so it’s particularly indicated for travelling, it gives the skin a boost to last throughout the dry air of a plane.
For acne-prone skin, I would suggest you should choose one that contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and salicylic acid although it can be sensitizing.
If your skin is normal or combination, try to look for hyaluronic acid and glycerin if you have dry spots.
Mature skin should look for antioxidants enriched formulas, like vitamin E, for hydration.
Dry and sensitive can use the beloved rosewater, if you want to know more about it check it out here.