Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TONING! Its not just for your muscles!

Toning is a very important step in the cleansing process that many of us are guilty of skipping.  Toning is helpful year round; this is not just a summer-time thing, ladies!  According to Dr. Hadley King, a New York City board-certified dermatologist, there are six great reasons we should be using a facial toner:

1. It removes oil and gives the appearance of smaller pores.
2. It can help restore the pH balance of your skin after cleansing.
3. It adds of a layer of protection against environmental impurities while also removing chlorines and minerals present in tap water.
4. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revitalized!
5. It moisturizes the skin and helps your skin stay moisturized!
6. Toners with alpha hydroxy acids listed in the ingredients can help treat ingrown hairs.

But, what kind of toners should we be looking for?  We all have different skin types!

Allure Magazine offers very helpful insights from Erin Gilbert, a New York City dermatologist, and Ruthie Harper, of the Laser and Skincare Clinic in Austin and founder of SkinShift Skin Care.  So, here's what we should be looking for in a toner:

1. Alcohol or No Alcohol?
Toners with alcohol remove excess oil and can help prevent breakouts for those with acne-prone skin.  Meanwhile, toners that hydrate the skin and prevent dryness contain ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid.

2. Special Ingredients?
Brightening ingredients include: orange extract and anti-oxidants such as tomato extract, bergamot, or Vitamin E & Vitamin A.
Calming ingredients that help with redness and inflammation include: chamomile and other plant-based extracts.
Salicylic Acid: can be particularly helpful for unclogging pores and preventing future breakouts.

3. When do we use what?
Wintertime & Air-Travel: look for moisturizing toners
Summertime: look for toners that unclog pores to prevent acne if you have oily or combination skin types

4. Toner instead of Moisturizer?
Only if you have extremely oily skin and its summertime.  Otherwise, make sure you use sun screen and moisturizer!

For more on great toners, stay tuned for product reviews coming up!

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