12 Benefits of toning the skin & How often to use Toner

Summer is on the way, even though it hasn’t gotten super-hot till now but I would love to be relaxing with my besties on the beach .But at the same time it becomes so easy for all of us to forget about summer skin care routine which is crucial during warm weather months to combat breakout caused from sweat, sunblock and dirt clogging our pores. ( Hello, beach days!), But among overwhelming number of ambitious creams, serums and oils while most of us uses a hell number of product on a daily basis, it’s also quite common for some to skip the crucial product in our daily skin care routine  “TONER”.But the question is why we use toner and what are the benefits of toning the skin.

The reason behind is lot of ambiguity around. What exactly a toner is supposed to do, while many people feel toner truly imp to get that entire gunk off your face and shrink your crater like pores. Most beauty editor also agree toners are not a must have part of skin care regimen.

Misconceptions about toners

Common misconceptions about toners lead many people to think they  are better off without one, but trust me toner is a vital part of any good skin care routine. Don’t skip it. In today’s blog I am going to take you through some of the basis of tone, why it is imp to incorporate and the best way to do so is.

For most women Toners are their beauty closet’s great mysterious product, because whenever they think about toner they think of outdated alcohol-based formulas, these formulas of the past often caused dehydration and even irritation, unfortunately this history has given toner a bad reputation unlike traditional alcohol-based predecessors, today’s toners are more gentle and are specially formulated to tackle variety of specific skin issues and thereby help, support and nourish differently.Here’s a list of the best alcohol-free toners available in India.

Alcohol-free toners

Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner

Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris For Combination or Oily Skin

Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Essentials Invigorating Toner

Himalaya Refreshing and Clarifying Toner

Fabindia Tea Tree Skin Toner

Rose Water- Dabur Gulabari, Fab India

Lush Tea Tree Water

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Calming Cleanser and Toner

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

L’occitane Immortelle Brightening Water

Why we use toner

There is always a possibility of few left over impurities, pollution and dust particles that can still be lingering and your skin still need something to be replenished, this is where a brilliant toner can really add shine.

What is Toner

Mostly toners are water based liquid composed of specific active ingredient including plant extract and essential oils to help address specific issues.

What are the benefits of toning the skin

Unlike traditional toners today’s toners are high quality and made with many of the same ingredient as you might find in your other skin care product “not only does it remove debris like oil and traces of makeup, but it soother, smooth, repairs the skin surface, diminishing blemishes and minimizing sigh on redness and inflammation ” dermatologist Joel Schlessinger told Women’s Health. It also helps your skin for anti aging treatments and serums by providing a healthy base layer on your face.

To some extent toner can help other skin application penetrate more rapidly. The another why I choose my toner is to re-balance the pH level of my skin as when you rinse your face even with just water you still disturb the natural pH balance (The ratio of positively charged ion to negatively charged ions in your body), pH not only effects skin but also your overall health, digestion, bone loss and muscle functions and your risk for disease as well.

Toner as per skin type

For acne prone or oily skin

Go for a toner with BHA (Beta hydroxy acid derived from plants) or Salicylic acid. Also look for toner which control oil, not strip it completely away becoz when your skin senses it is too dry, it actually produces more oil as a defense to protect itself. Always try to avoid alcohol based toner usually astringent toner for oily skin.

For Dry skin

If you have dry skin and you are worried that toner will add more dryness to your skin, not to worry go for moisturizing toners which will not only wipe away dirt and impurities but will also lock hydration. Choose a toner with AHA (Alpha Hydoxy acid derived from fruit and milk) or Glycolic acid, Lactic acid or Malic acid. Do not think of even try astringent or harsh alcohol based toner.

For Sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin you need to select a soothing toner which includes calming plant based such as Chamomile, Aloe Vera.

For Combination Skin

best toner for combination skin in india is a big question mark! what to choose and what not when someone has combination skin like me. Choosing a right toner is not an easy task for them, so go for a toner which maintain a pH balance by minimizing pores and cleansing up your face without disturbing either area of your combination skin. Rose water works best for this type of skin.

“Different toners target different specific skin concern like-Hydration, blemishes, acne, cleansing, pore minimization, balancing, skin aging, sensitivity etc. So always choose what you want from your skin”.

When and how often to use toner

For effective and satisfactory result it is imp to know how to apply your toner properly and when to use toner day or night.

Clean your face with your regular face cleanser, now take cotton ball or cotton pad and pour 3-4 drops on it (Make sure you get enough amount of toner on the cotton pad so that it feels damp but not too wet), now move the cotton pad gently with little pressure to reach deep into your pores In circles across your face wait for few seconds for the toner to dry on, toner shouldn’t be washed off.

You can use toner in the morning and at night however if you have drier skin it is best to use it in your PM routine.

Other benefits of toning the skin

Restore your skin’s pH balance.

Help to bind moisture to your skin.

Your skin feels more refreshing.

Prevent ingrown hairs.

Add a healthy base layer of protection for better absorption of your skin care products like Serum and moisturizer.

Shrink the appearance of large pores.

Prevent blemishes.

Provide anti-aging benefit.

Get rid of excess impurities and oil.

Sooth irritated skin.

Protect skin from outside irritants.

Helps clear skin of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.

Best active ingredients in facial Toner:

Vitamins- A, B, C & E to help in slow down the aging process.

Essential oils -Lavender, Marigold, Lemon, chamomile extract and Aloe Vera.

Antioxidants –Helps in regeneration and repair of skin tissue.

Astringent -Tea tree oil, Potassium alum.

Hyaluronic acid – Helps in cell renewal, skin moisture and act as anti-aging.

Ceramides –Act as a barrier against bacteria, helps in eczema treatment.

Panthenol -provides moisturizing properties.


Ingredients to avoid:

Astringents-Denaturized alcohol, Menthol, Isopropyl alcohol, witch hazel, lemon extract (unless you have very oily skin).

Preservatives and emulsifiers -Parabens, citrus fruit.

Artificial fragrance often labelled freshens or clarifiers-Such as rose water, citrus fruit or essential oil.

Essential oil- Rosemary or sage essential oils can darken already blemished area of skin.

So the next time you are wondering or ask from yourself, whether or not you really need an additional step to your skin care routine just think of your bare skin which is more vulnerable to the element and more resistant to the next product you apply. I am sure you will get your answer and if it works for you embrace it.




Do you use toner? Which one is your favorite?

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