Toners get a bad rap. We think of them as over-drying, counterintuitive, and containing alcohol, the ultimate skincare no-no. But such is not the case! Of course, there are some cheap brands out there that do just that. In most cases, toners are a crucial step in your daily skincare ritual for a few reasons: they help to remove any excess grime or cleanser that may be trailing behind, and most importantly, they help balance our skin’s pH post-cleanse.
A balanced skin pH is imperative to our skin’s overall vitality and glow factor because our acid mantle’s job is to protect our skin against external invaders like bacteria, allergens, and pollution, while maintaining proper hydration. The ideal acidity is a pH of around 4.5-5.5. This is when our skin is ready to reap the most optimal results from our other products as well.
Because so many brands do contain drying ingredients and compounds that make our faces feel tight and squeaky clean while actually doing real harm to our acid mantle, it’s up to us to read labels and be mindful of ingredients. Luckily, we’ve done a bit of the work ahead of time and detailed our favorites.
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