By Jodeena Soliven, Master Aesthetician
I ask a lot of my patients if they use a toner, and most of them say “Oh I have one, but I don’t use it” or “No, it’s just an extra step.” Well, that extra step and bottle collecting dust can enhance your treatment serums and moisturizers that you use after you cleanse.
Nowadays, there are so many different kinds of toners that have key ingredients that address a specific concern or skin condition. For example, you can find a toner for acne-prone skin or you can find a moisturizing toner for dryer skin types.
What Does A Toner Do?
Our skin has a protective barrier called the acid mantle. This skin barrier helps keep extrinsic factors out but also intrinsic factors in. Its ability to act as a protective barrier affects the skin’s natural pH balance. Our skin has a natural pH level of a 5.5. On a scale of 1 to 14, 1 being the most acidic, 14 being alkaline, and 7 being neutral, our skin’s pH falls just slightly on the acidic side. Cleansers tend to be on the more alkaline side. Therefore, any time you wash your face with a cleanser, you are essentially disturbing or “throwing off” your pH balance. This is where toners come into play. Toners are formulated to rebalance and neutralize your skin’s natural pH level. When your skin is at its optimal pH level, it will accept key ingredients in your treatment serums and moisturizers allowing for deeper product penetration. In addition, it can also take off any extra dirt and debris laying on the surface of your skin.
Environ has three great toners that I often recommend to patients; the vita-peptide c-quence toner, the botanical moisturizing toner, and the clarifying lotion. Once you find the right one for your skin concern, I believe you can increase the benefits of the products you are currently using at home.