Friday, 15 November 2013

Toner Time

In the words of skincare goddess Caroline Hirons, toner works best when you've got 'one to take away' and 'one to add'. The once alcohol-laden, skin stripping step in a traditional skincare routine started to become the forgotten step, however is now making a big come back. With so many toners on the market it's hard to know what to look for and how to use what you find, but with a little help from this post, I've managed to up the toner-anti and now every night is 'toner time'. Note: I reach for the hydrating toner from step two in the morning's as well.

Going back to Caroline's 'one to add and one to take' theory, you want an exfoliating first stage, to take away, and a hydrating second stage, to add, simple non? That first exfoliating stage will help lower your skin's pH (skin's with high pH levels are a breeding ground for bacteria- and therefore pimples!), thicken the dermis, and decongest the skin. For this step I reach for the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner and a cotton pad and wipe over the entire face. AHA fuelled enough to have a noticeable effect but gentle enough for me to use every night. With regular use this really has helped my complexion by reducing scarring and adding a healthy glow. Some other alternatives for this step that I'm yet to try are Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and Pixi Glow Tonic.

The second stage is 'to add' which calls for some hydration. This second stage in 'toner time' helps to add some moisture back into your skin and prep it for the rest of your routine. Many of these hydrating toner's come in spritz bottles so they're also really refreshing. My favourite of the moment is Sukin's Hydrating Mist Toner which is lovely and natural with ingredients such as chamomile and rosewater which help soothe your skin. Some other toner's I've got my eye on to trial for stage 2 are La Roche Posay's Zerosinc and Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary Mist.

Follow in Caroline's foot steps, up the toner-anti and your skin will thank you for it, trust me.


  1. That Clarins toner is very high on my shopping list! :) BTW I use Serozinc every day but I don't find it hydrating. It's great in its own way but not hydrating at all.

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  2. Just after buying that Clarins toner. Can't wait to try it out! :)

  3. I have that clarins toner but didn't do much for me, I prefer alpha H liquid gold to the calrins toner!!

  4. nice :)

  5. The NATIO Toner is one of my favourites at the minute (: (full review on my blog!)


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