When it comes to achieving that coveted glowy skin, many of us are constantly on the lookout for that one skincare secret. Well, I know I always am! In this blog post, we'll delve into the powerful benefits of using toner as your secret weapon for achieving the ultimate glow. If I am being honest, toner is a skincare step I have often skipped through the years. I am still trying to get in the habit of not skipping it. But I cannot deny the benefits. And I imagine, after you hear what I have to share with you, you won't be able to deny them either. Say goodbye to dull, lackluster skin and hello to a radiant complexion. Get ready to unlock the transformative potential of toner!
What is Toner and Why is it Essential for Glowy Skin?
Before we dive into the details, let's understand what toner is and why it is an essential step in your skincare routine.
Toner is a liquid-based product that helps to balance the skin's pH levels, refine pores, and prepare the skin for optimal absorption of other skincare products. It acts as a multi-tasking elixir, providing hydration, refreshing the skin, and promoting a natural glow.
Toner is typically the second step in your skincare routine, right after washing your face. I always wondered why I needed it after I washed my face, but then, I looked at the dirt that still came off even after I had washed. Just check out the video below!
Toner Restores pH Balance for Radiance
One of the key benefits of toner is its ability to restore the skin's pH balance. Our skin has a delicate acid mantle that acts as a protective barrier. However, factors like harsh cleansers, environmental pollutants, and even tap water can disrupt this balance, leading to a compromised skin barrier. Toner helps to bring the skin back to its optimal pH, promoting a healthy environment for the skin cells and enhancing their ability to function effectively. This balance restoration contributes to a radiant complexion. When the skin's pH is balanced, it creates an ideal environment for healthy skin cell turnover, which is essential for that radiant glow.
Toner Minimizes Pores for a Smooth Canvas
Enlarged pores can often be a source of frustration, making the skin appear rough and dull. Excess sebum, dirt, and impurities accumulate in our pores, and that is what makes them appear larger and give the skin a rough, uneven texture. And it definitely is a sore spot for makeup application. This is where toner comes to the rescue! By effectively removing impurities and excess oil, toner helps to minimize the appearance of pores. It refines the skin texture, creating a smoother canvas that reflects light beautifully, resulting in a luminous and glowy complexion.
Hydration and Plumpness for Dewy Skin
Hydration is the key to achieving that sought-after dewy skin look. Toner, especially those infused with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, provides an instant boost of moisture to the skin. I know this was something that surprised me. I am not sure why, but I always attributed toner to more of an astringent which would be drying but that is false. It helps to replenish and retain hydration levels, giving your skin a plump and healthy appearance. Dewy skin is synonymous with a natural glow, and toner plays a vital role in achieving this coveted look.
Toner Provides Necessary Prepping of the Skin for Maximum Glow
Think of toner as the ultimate prep step for your skincare routine. By removing any residual impurities and dead skin cells, toner allows other skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin. This enhanced absorption ensures that the active ingredients in your serums, moisturizers, and treatments can work their magic more effectively. When combined with toner's other benefits, this synergy leads to a heightened glow and visible improvement in the overall complexion.
Are You Going to Get Your Glow On by Adding Toner to Your Regimen?
I challenge you to do as I did in the video above. Wash your face and then use toner on a cotton pad and see how much dirt still comes off. I know I was shocked. That was the moment I realized I had been cheating myself - and my skin - out of a much needed step!
If you need some toner recommendations, I got you covered! I have a couple of favorites. And I am not sure if this is the best plan or not but it works for me, I have all of these in my vanity and I alternate them based on my needs that day or week!
If you need to restore skin to optimal pH levels, reduce pores, and strengthen skins natural moisture barrier, I love this pH Balance Toner from NuSkin.
If you want glowing, clearer skin and if you need help accelerating cell turnover (gently exfoliate and “unglues” dead skin cells from the surface of skin, leaving you with a fresh, soft, smooth, radiant appearance) this Here You Glow Toner from NuSkin is AMAZING.
If you want an exfoliating toning solution for mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity, I love this Glycolic Acid Toning Solution from The Ordinary.
If you want a moisturizing toner that also clears the skin texture for the effective absorption of active ingredients through the intensive hydration of your skin, this Skin Diver Aurora Toner from Youthdesk will be perfect for you!
And lastly, I love this age-defying treatment toner that balances and brightens your skin without irritation. It has antioxidants and wrinkle-fighting peptides, too, which is perfect for those of us looking at 40 and up! It is the PreTreatment Toner by Hydropeptide.
Besides Toner, What Else Does Your Skin Need?
I hope that helps explain all things toner and that you are going to give toner a try and see how your skin changes! I would love to share your results with me on Social Media so be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram!
If you are looking for other ways to have the best skin of your life, I have two free resources for you! Like Toner, Gut Health is an often overlooked vital piece to our skin health. So if you want to even look at possibly improving your gut health, you can grab my free guide to Gut Health HERE. And if you are wanting to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, I have a great free guide that focuses on that and you can check that out HERE.
That's all for now friends! Talk to you soon!
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through these links. Rest assured, I only recommend products or services that I have personally used and found valuable.