Do you use toners? If I’m honest, some nights I’m so tired I’m lucky that I get my makeup off every night let alone use a toner. I always knew it was probably good for my skin but seemed like the extra step wasn’t worth the results. Not true. It can take your skin to a whole new level.
Here at Pretty Simple Ideas I truly like to bring life back to basics, especially when it concerns out beauty routines. Below I will simply why we should all use a toner and then tell you what I think are the best store bought, homemade and one-ingredient toners out there. So why should we use a toner?
To Remove Excess Makeup and Dirt
Washing your face doesn’t always get all your make-up and dirt off. You’ll find this out after you wipe your skin with a toner and look at the pad or cotton ball. When we don’t use a toner we end up going to bed with that gunk still on our face. On a less gross note, by removing the excess dirt and makeup we can help keep our complexion clear. To make your toning even more effective start with a good face wash, like this DIY Rose & Almond Face Cleanser.
To Help Tighten Pores
By making sure our skin is free of anything when we go to be we’re ensuring our pores won’t get clogged either. Know what clogged pores equals? Larger pores. Let’s clean them out, tighten them up and make them look smaller.
To Deliver Good Stuff to Your Skin
The right toner can restore the pH balance of your skin, allowing your face to look smoother and brighter. Certain ones with ingredients like witch hazel or rose can also clear up acne.
When looking for a toner make sure to avoid ones with chemicals and alcohol. Those are bad news bears for your skin as they will dry it out or cause reactions that lead to blotchy faces. Instead, opt for all natural toners for the best results.
Below I’ve listed my top five favorite toners and why.
1. Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner
From it’s website:
Infused with a blend of Tomato, Cucumber and Parsley Extracts, this natural facial toner removes lingering traces of cleanser and any trapped dirt, oil and make-up and helps to tighten pores. Formulated with a Fruit Acid Complex featuring Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, and Bilberry Extracts rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids, it also supports the natural exfoliation of dead skin cells.
Garden Tomato sells for around $12. Not bad for all you get in return.
2. Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner
Mm who doesn’t love a product that smells like roses? Not only that but rose water can help fight acne and eczema while hydrating, moisturizing and smoothing out your skin. It also helps to heal scars while fending off fine lines and wrinkles. Thank you rose water.
3. Homemade Tea Tree TonerIf you’d rather make your own tea tree is a great natural astringent and acne fighter. Just combine ½ filtered water with 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine and 15 drops tea tree oil, all of which can be bought easily on amazon or at a local health store.
4. Witch Hazel
Sometimes you only need one ingredient for great results. Witch hazel is the earth’s natural toner, helping remove excess makeup, dirt and oil. My favorite is T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Astringent for about $5 from your local drug store or on Amazon.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
No product do I hate and love more than apple cider vinegar (ACV). The smell makes me sick but it is sure a miracle worker in the beauty world. Apple Cider has cleared my skin overnight on several occasions and leaves it looking fresher than the daisies. Yes, you will temporarily smell like a salad but speaking from experience, it’s worth it. For even more ways to clear acne, check out this post on 10 Ways to Get Clearer Skin that You Might Not Be Trying.
ACV is simply the by-product of fermented apples. Yummy, right? Well, it’s also full of acids and enzymes that natural exfoliate your skin and are a lot more gentle than scrubs or microdermabrasion. ACV also lightens sun and age spots, evens skin tone, breaks up dead skin cells and reduces the appearance of pores.
Just a bit of caution, if you have sensitive skin try mixing it with water first!