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Just What is a Facial Toner, and Why Do You Need One?

Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. The three tenants of good skin care. Using a face toner, however, is a bit of a mystery for some. What is a facial toner and why is it as important as the other two skin care steps? Toners wipe away dirt and oils that cleansers can leave behind, and they set the foundation for you to benefit most from your moisturizer. There are many other benefits to facial toners, as well.

A good toner, such as Estee Lauder toner will help to reduce the size of your pores, making your skin look and feel more youthful. Toners also restore your skin’s pH balance after using alkaline cleansers. Your body will naturally rebalance, but it produces more oils when doing so. A toner, such as Clinique toner, speeds the restorative process and reduces oil excretion. Another benefit of the best toners is that they serve to protect the skin from harboring bacteria. Closed pores and less oils mean the chance for bacteria to breed (causing blemishes) is greatly reduced. Finally, it’s said that using a face toner that contains alpha hydroxyl acids may reduce the amount of ingrown facial hairs men may experience.

So what ingredients are in the best facial toners? The ingredients in astringents and toners vary in type and strength. The mildest toners have very little alcohol – usually less than 10 percent – and contain a product such as glycerin, designed to help the skin retain moisture. Often called “refreshers” or “toner mists” these facial toners are best for dry and sensitive skin. Soothing cucumber and rosewater are popular misters.

So-called “tonics” are a bit more drying due to the increased amount of alcohol (up to about 20 percent) and can be used on those with normal to oily skin.

“Astringents” are the most powerful of the toners and often are used to spot treat problem oily areas. They can contain as much as 60 percent alcohol.

It’s important to select the right toner for your skin type and there are plenty to choose from. Lancome toner is a popular brand, as is Pangea Organics. Both help freshen and renew the skin.

Guys benefit in the same way women do from the best facial toners for men.

recent facial astringent product reviews

Speedy By Prudy from SE Ky on 07/23/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Describe Skin Type:Aging, Dry, Sensitive, Uneven Skin Tone, Wrinkles
What I Like:Balances Skin, Effective, Gentle, Great Value, Improves Skin Texture, Moisturizes Skin
What I Don't Like:Expensive
Recommended Uses:Daily Use, Dry Skin
Comments about Lancome Visionnaire Pre-Correcting Advanced Lotion, 200ml/6.7oz:
Love this face serum!

So affordable
So affordable By Before and After from NJ on 07/17/2014
Comments about Lancome Tonique Douceur Hydrating Lotion Alcohol Free, 200ml/6.7oz:
So affordable, thank you

Miracle worker
Miracle worker By nataliem from Pleasantville, ny on 06/19/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Describe Skin Type:Acne-Prone, Aging, Sensitive
What I Like:Effective, Great Smell
What I Don't Like:Expensive
Recommended Uses:Acne
Comments about Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Pore Therapy - Salicylic Acid 2% Acne Treatment, 120ml/4oz:
I have used this product before, purchased from a doctors office at a much higher price then beauty encounters price. It helped clear up my adult acne. Love the clean, fresh feeling. I received compliments on my beautiful skin.

Love it!
Love it! By Hannah from Hershey on 03/28/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Describe Skin Type:Aging, Normal to Dry
What I Like:Great Value, Moisturizes Skin, Not Greasy
Recommended Uses:Daily Use
Comments about Shiseido The Skincare Hydro Nourishing Softener, 150ml/5oz:
I have been using this product for more than 10 years and it is my favorite softener. I like the moisture it gives to the skin after I apply it. It's good for all year round.

Great simple hydration
Great simple hydration By Jamie from California on 12/03/2013
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Describe Skin Type:Combination
What I Like:Moisturizes Skin
What I Don't Like:Dries Skin, Expensive, Ineffective, Irritates Skin, Messy, Unpleasant Smell
Recommended Uses:Combination Skin, Daily Use, Dry Skin
Comments about Pola Day + Day Vitax Skincare Balancing Essence, 40ml/1.3oz:
I have been using this essence for about ten years now. I love Pola products that give the skins great hydration bringing rich looking. After the mid age, the neck area gets dried easily. This essence helps much by reducing the tiny wrinkles on neck skin. It's rather light, so, when I need more hydration, I use creams, too. My skins are very dry.

jason products
jason products By makeuplisa from hartford on 03/10/2013
Comments about JASON Natural Ester-C Super-C Toner PH Balancing Antioxidant Toner, 6.0 oz:
this is amazing and so wonderful on my skin, cant say enough good things about it, one of the best toners on the market

wonderful By makeuplisa from hartford on 03/10/2013
Comments about Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener Enriched, 150ml/5oz:
my mother bought this for her skin and loved it, her wrinkles have been greatly diminished in such a short time

orange toner
orange toner By cosmeticcolleen from burlington on 02/28/2013
Comments about Pangea Organics Facial Toner - French Rosemary with Sweet Orange, 120ml/4oz:
this is the best smelling toner, amazing and cleans the skin so thoroughly

toning By cosmeticcolleen from burlington on 02/28/2013
Comments about Lierac Lotion Tonique Douceur Gentle Toning Lotion, 200ml/6.8oz - For Dry and Sensitive Skin:
use this on my legs which needs the most toning, already noticing a difference

skin looks fresh
skin looks fresh By cosmeticcolleen from burlington on 02/28/2013
Comments about Estee Lauder Clean Finish Purifying Toner (Normal/Dry), 200ml/6.7oz:
my skin looks so fresh and bright after using this toner. i use it before bed

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