Toners are one of the most overlooked skincare products because they’re often seen as excessive and their benefits can be unclear. That said, toners—especially for men—are an essential part of maintaining healthy skin and managing a long list of common skin concerns.
In this post, we’ll be discussing what toner is and why you should add one to your skincare routine.
What Is Toner?
Toners are fast-penetrating liquids that deliver a healthy dose of high-performing skincare ingredients. Not too long ago, toners were full of overly astringent alcohols that we now know are damaging to the skin. But these days, toners are loaded with nutrients and workhorse ingredients that can make all the difference for your skin—especially during the warmer months. Some toners are built for extra hydration and anti-aging while others are built to clear pores of anything that might turn into a blackhead or breakout.
No matter your skin type, if you’re game to add a step to your regimen, using a toner is a great way to give your skin more of the stuff it needs to look its best.
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Benefits Of Using Skin Toner
Toners are often overlooked because people see the mas excessive or simply don’t understand the benefits of using a toner. Using skin toner is beneficial for a number of reasons. Here are some of the key benefits of using a toner:
Reduces razor irritationRazor irritation and ingrown hairs are caused by blockages in your pores that prevent your facial hair from growing properly. Toners help to deeply clear your pores of any blockages that might lead to razor irritation or ingrown hairs.
Clears blackheadsBlackheads form when oil and debris clog your pores, oxidize, and turn black. Using a toner consistently will help to keep your pores clear and free of blackheads.
Balances pH Levels
pH Levels are important for maintaining the health of your skin. Using the right toner for your skin type can help to balance its pH level, which is beneficial for keeping your skin looking and feeling its best.
Reduces Acne Breakouts
Acne-prone skin? Using a toner can help to reduce and clear acne breakouts by keeping your pores clear of oil and dirt that eventually become breakouts if not managed properly.
Minimizes Appearance Of Pores
Enlarged pores are a common concern amongst men. Typically, enlarged pores are actually pores that are stretched due to clogging. Using a toner regularly will help to clear your pores of clogs and return your pores back to their natural size and give your skin a smoother appearance.
Why Should You Use Skin Toner?
There are many benefits to using a skin toner, as listed above. But the benefits don’t stop there. While toners are extremely beneficial when it comes to preventing breakouts, blackheads, and razor irritation, they’re also helpful for preventing and reducing wrinkles. As we age, our skin cell turnover process slows down. Using a toner consistently will help to clear dull, dead skin and reveal younger-looking skin, giving your skin a more youthful and healthy appearance.
How to Use Skin Toner?
How and when to use a toner all depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, look for gentle toners that contain hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and limit usage to 2-3 times per week. If your skin is on the oilier side you’ll want a deeply exfoliating toner and, while we recommend starting with 2-3 days per week usage, you can build up to daily usage as your skin adjusts and becomes accustomed to the exfoliating ingredients.