Benefits of Skin Toner

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Old 06-Jun-2012
Benefits of Skin Toner

With so many skin care products out there it is hard to know which ones we should use and which ones we can do without. I understand the importance of a good cleanser and moisturizer, but not until recently did I learn about the importance of using a skin toner, which is the step in your beauty routine that should come right after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Toners are wiped onto your face using a cotton pad after your cleansing step. It works to remove any access oil and residue that your cleanser left on your skin. Using a toner also helps restore your skinís pH balance, which is usually thrown off by cleansers that contain acne fighting agents. Bringing toner into your beauty routine helps close your pores after the cleansing process, which helps lock in moisture and can work to reduce the visibility of pores.

Though there are many benefits in using a toner, you have to made sure you find the right one for your skin type. Toners can do wonders with those with really oily skin and can even be used multiple times a day to wipe away the access oils. Those with dryer or sensitive skin need to be more careful with the toners they use. After applying toner to your face, it should feel clean, by no means should it feel tight and dry. That dry feeling usually results from the use of toners that contain alcohol on already dry and sensitive skin.

Now that you are well informed on the many benefits of skin toners, donít run to your local drugstore to buy the first toner that you see. As a benefit to both your wallet and your skin, toners can be easily created at home with some DIY recipes. Using DIY toners insures that the ingredients are all natural and that you arenít spending money on an overpriced mixture of alcohol and perfume (which are the contents of many drugstore brands).

One of the easiest and most effective DIY toner recipes includes just two ingredients: apple cider vinegar and water. At around $3 a bottle for apple cider vinegar, you can make enough toner to last you and 100 of your closest friends at least a few weeks. Start by mixing 3 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar, but add more vinegar if your skin tends to oilier and more water if it tends to be drier.

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