What is a Toner and Why Do You Need One In Your Skincare Routine?By Sarah Brovda | Feb 26, 2020
It seems like every day we're being told about yet another step to add to our skincare routine. We're constantly bombarded with the latest and greatest lotions and potions that promise the skin of our dreams.
But let's face it: Nobody has the time or bathroom counter space for that. So how do we condense our skincare routine into fewer, better essentials? What are the fundamental steps for healthy skin in minutes?
Toner may not seem like it’s at the top of the must-have list, but we beg to disagree. Read on to learn why.
Balance Is Key
Your skin is protected by a thin layer of sebum and sweat called the acid mantle. It retains moisture, protects against external influences like bacteria, allergens, and pollution, and maintains your skin's pH.
Getting flashbacks from high school chemistry? In case you need a quick refresher: pH is a scale from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral, anything below acidic, and anything above alkaline (or basic).
The ideal pH for your skin is 5.5 - and yes, it’s acidic! The acidity keeps the skin firm and helps maintain its barrier function. But with age, the acid mantle is reduced, leaving skin drier and prone to environmental pollutants. *Toner has entered the chat* Toner balances the skin by restoring the optimal pH level.
TL;DR Toner keeps your skin in check, making sure you’re protected from external toxins.
Where Does Toner Fit Into Your Skincare Routine?
First things first: Always start with cleansed skin. Remove any impurities and long-wearing makeup with a cleanser. After your skin is cleansed, spritz Mist Connection, a 2-in-1 essence and toner, onto skin.
While toner balances pH, essence hydrates skin and preps for next steps of your skincare routine - it's essentially a skincare primer. The multitasker combines both steps into a luxurious, fine, cloud-like mist.
At Wander Beauty, we always source the best skin-loving ingredients. The toner is enriched with betaine to balance the skin's hydration. Niacinamide and adenosine in the essence soothe skin and even tone while hyaluronic acid penetrates the deep layers of skin for long-lasting hydration. And lastly, a mix of camellia japonica seed, evening primrose, sunflower, and avocado oil seals everything together.