There are many kinds of face toners on the market, so it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for your skin type — or for that matter how exactly to use it once you make your selection.
Toner can be an important part of a skin care routine, but it’s essential to find one that suits your complexion and daily needs. Neutrogena’s product experts say toner can act as a cleanser or a treatment, depending on the product and how you use it.
If you’re using toner as a face cleanser, it should be the last step of your cleansing routine to remove the last traces of dirt and make sure your skin is very clean.
Because many of us don’t cleanse as thoroughly as we should, swiping a toner over the face can ensure every last bit of makeup and grime is history. But if you choose a toner with active ingredients, such as exfoliants or moisturisers that are left behind on the skin, the toner can be another treatment step in your routine, like a serum or a moisturiser.
The next part of toner decoding is to choose the right product for your skin type. Though many toners work well for different skin types, if you have special considerations for sensitive skin or more mature skin, you’ll have options to consider.
Sensitive Skin & Toner
Sensitive types should watch out for products that are overly drying, looking for words like “soothing” or “moisturising” in the product name. One ingredient to be wary of if you have delicate or reactive skin? Alcohol, which actually makes the product an astringent, is quite drying and is suited for oily and acne-prone skin types. Neutrogena® Toner Alcohol-Free is a gentle cleansing solution suitable for most complexions.
Acne-prone types will want to look for a toner with salicylic acid, which is an exfoliating ingredient that removes dead skin cells and helps clear clogged pores. Neutrogena’s experts caution that anyone with acne-prone skin choose products labelled as non-comedogenic, which means that the products have been formulated without ingredients known to clog pores.
What’s the Best Toner for Mature Skin?
A toner with active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids will help eliminate dead skin cells, which is good for almost all skin types. But for mature skin especially, this ingredient also encourages renewal of the complexion.
It turns out that toner is a key part of almost anyone’s skin care routine. But making the right choice for your skin type is key to getting the benefits of taking a step toward healthy, happy skin.