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    Toner regulates your skin's PH balance.

    Your skin normally has a pH of lets say 5.5. Depending on your face wash, your balance can be thrown way off, but even with "pH balanced" cleansers your skin is still thrown out of wack. It temporarily assumes a pH closer to water (which you rinse your face with) which is 7. Your skin will feel tight, and slightly uncomfortable. When you put your skincare on top of it it will not preform efficiently, because it is working on a pH that it is not deisgned to function on. Skincare will not "go into pores" or cause breakouts if you don't use toner. It just won't work as well as it should.

    Toner will restore the natural balance to your skin, letting skin feel comfortable, and allowing products to work as intended.

    Toners will not "shrink pores" they will help to close them. When we wash our faces with warm water the steam will open the pores slightly, the toner will help to "close them".
    If you are seeing makeup on your pad, you are not washing your face properly in the first place. Toner should not be taking off traces of makeup, as that is your cleansers job.
    In certain toners you will find skin care benefits, like anti acne ingridients, or things to calm skin, but agian, it's main purpose is the pH.

    For most people, your skin will naturally resume it's pH balance after 10-15 minutes, but that depends on your skin type aswell.

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    We'll the key to trying to get a great skin routine is for the first few weeks don't wear any makeup and cleanse and moisturise everyday then go on the run and drink at least 10 pints of water and 28 pieces of fruit xx:encore::eyelove:

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    I think toner removes the dirt that your soap/cleanser can't remove. It is always recommend that you use toner after washing your face with mild soap. This may control your oil production and will prevent pimples too. It is very important to have a good daily skin care routine to maintain the beauty of your skin.
    http://www.essenzzahealth.com/content/page/fuss-free-facial-masks.html

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    I use two toners. One that exfoliates and one that moisturises. My skin regimen is based on Caroline Hirons' teachings. The exfoliating one is Pixi Glow Tonic and the moisturising one is a cheap Loreal age perfect something or other

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    Toner tightens up the pores after cleansing. Some also help restore the pH of the skin before putting on serums, moisturizer, etc. Make sure the toner has dried on your skin before moving on to moisturizing to get the most benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyNicole View Post
    I am looking to find a new skin care routine for my face, and realized that I really don't know what toner does Can someone enlighten me please?
    Try alcoholic toner if you have oily skin otherwise use alcohol free toner. It will help you to have smooth skin.

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    I have two different toners I switch between: MAC Lightful Softening Lotion and Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 '1970'
    MAC is hydrating and brightening, the P50 is exfoliating and balancing. Both are alcohol free.
    I simply use the MAC when my skin is going well, and the P50 when it's not doing so well

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    A lot of people say that toner is supposed to close your pores, but according to a lot of skincare experts there is no such thing as opening or closing pores.

    I think toners used to work in order to balance the pH of your skin, and they can still work so if you use a really high pH cleanser. But generally (good) toners are now supposed to either hydrate your skin (for instance glycerin or hyaluranic acid toners) or exfoliate your skin (toners with AHAs or BHAs). There are also astringent toners with alcohol, often marketed towards oilier skins, but I'm personally not a fan of alcohol in my skincare.

    I'm currently using the MAC Lightful Softening Lotion, which is hydrating but I want to switch it up with an exfoliating/acidic toner.

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    The term "toner" has been used to describe a few different things. Be sure to read the ingredients on the packaging to be sure you're going to get the result you want. Alcohol-based "toners" for example are actually astringents. Alcohol dries out the skin and is generally used to reduce oil buildup. Traditional toners on the other hand are meant to hydrate and balance the skin. Be sure to consider your skin type when selecting a toner. What I love about our toner is that on top working like a traditional toner it has also Witch Hazel and Chamomile, ingredients which help reduce inflammation and blemishes.

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    This thread is super helpful, i've been really curious about what toners actually do. I honestly just include it in my regimen because it's super refreshing after cleansing. I use the Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner & it works really nicely )

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    Quote: Originally Posted by AudreyNicole
    I am looking to find a new skin care routine for my face, and realized that I really don't know what toner does Can someone enlighten me please?


    Good question and I also realized that I just use a toner not fully understanding what it does. I actually read the Monsia Daily Protection Toner Lotion description and that is why my face feels "alive" after using the toner ---"As we age our skin's ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid declines causing dull, dehydrated skin and the formation of lines and wrinkles"

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    You cannot shrink pores bc your pore size is genetic so the claim a toner shrinks pores is false. Toners remove last traces of dirt/oil, balance ph levels and soften skin. I like the MAC Lightful softening toner. I use it in place of a lotion based moisturizer. Alcohol should not be in any skincare product. It strips skin of oil causing it in the long run to produce more oil. That goes for oily skin types too. Just bad, bad, BAD!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OROGOLD View Post
    The term "toner" has been used to describe a few different things. Be sure to read the ingredients on the packaging to be sure you're going to get the result you want. Alcohol-based "toners" for example are actually astringents. Alcohol dries out the skin and is generally used to reduce oil buildup. Traditional toners on the other hand are meant to hydrate and balance the skin. Be sure to consider your skin type when selecting a toner. What I love about our toner is that on top working like a traditional toner it has also Witch Hazel and Chamomile, ingredients which help reduce inflammation and blemishes.*
    Witch Hazel irritates skin, causes inflammation and acne. Terrible for skin!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niya View Post
    A lot of people say that toner is supposed to close your pores, but according to a lot of skincare experts there is no such thing as opening or closing pores.* I think toners used to work in order to balance the pH of your skin, and they can still work so if you use a really high pH cleanser. But generally (good) toners are now supposed to either hydrate your skin (for instance glycerin or hyaluranic acid toners) or exfoliate your skin (toners with AHAs or BHAs). There are also astringent toners with alcohol, often marketed towards oilier skins, but I'm personally not a fan of alcohol in my skincare. I'm currently using the MAC Lightful Softening Lotion, which is hydrating but I want to switch it up with an exfoliating/acidic toner.*
    Love that MAC toner. Alcohol or grain alcohols like SD Alcohol/alcohol denat should never be in skincare. The idea you need to dry up oily skin or strip it is a terrible one bc in the long run it causes your oil glands to flare up and produce more oil and then more acne.

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    Toners are one of the popular beauty products. It can be either applied as a cream or cleanser. The main intention of the toner is to rejuvenate the skin and to shrink the pores. Toners helps you maintains the proper pH balance for skin to remain healthy.

    Uses of toner

    1. To remove the remaining makeup and impurities that stay on the skin.
    2. It acts as the refreshing element after a hot shower.
    3. In case of hurry they use toner instead of washing face to remove dirt or oil residue on my face.
    Last edited by robertstehle; April 14th, 2016 at 02:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertstehle View Post
    Toners are one of the popular beauty products. It can be either applied as a cream or cleanser. The main intention of the toner is to rejuvenate the skin and to shrink the pores. Toners helps you maintains the proper pH balance for skin to remain healthy.
    I didn't realize until I read your post that there are cream toners!

    Quote Originally Posted by robertstehle View Post
    Uses of toner
    1. To remove the remaining makeup and impurities that stay on the skin.
    2. It acts as the refreshing element after a hot shower.
    3. In case of hurry they use toner instead of washing face to remove dirt or oil residue on my face.
    I use Monsia Skincare and I tend to apply my cream cleanser then tissue it off. If I have worn eye makeup that day I use jojoba oil on a cotton bud to gently remove any leftover eyeliner & mascara. I then tip some toner onto the cottonwool gently smoothing it all over my neck & face. If it shows any signs of residue I will repeat the whole process again until the cottonwool is clean. This is the only difference between our methods.

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    IMO, your cleanser should rinse away clean before you use any sort of toner.
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    Great tips! I had no idea there were different types of toner. I'm going to look into adding on to my regimen since I now have oil-prone skin when I used to have dry skin.

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    From what i know, toner is to clean out your pores and treat acne without drying your skin.

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    Every toner i have used was drying my skin out, and i have tried more than 10 brands..

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela11 View Post
    Every toner i have used was drying my skin out, and i have tried more than 10 brands..
    Which ones? They may've contained ethanol alcohols (e.g., SD alcohol, alcohol denat), which can dry out the skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shellygrrl View Post
    Which ones? They may've contained ethanol alcohols (e.g., SD alcohol, alcohol denat), which can dry out the skin.
    Actually, they are.. I just checked, i still have some of them partly used, there's Loreal revitalift, Garnier essentials the green one..
    I will try using some alcohol free, maybe my skin gets better

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    I think that toners restore the natural balance of my skin and also clear it out. I've read an article about toners on The Beauty Insiders and could afterwards understand better what they actually do for our skin.

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    Toner helps to keep the skin pores intact and keep skin moisturized.

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    I use Kueshi Revitalizing Toner. It hydrates and rebalances my skin and it´s great at restoring the skin's pH.

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