My skin care journey + product review continued! Part II - Toner.
Toners seem to be a very controversial issue amongst the beauty world. You either swear by them, or you hate them. But what do toners do? Toner can actually be used to combat many different skin types. There are toners for moisturizing, toners for neutralizing acne and promoting skin cell turnover, and even for anti aging.
Many of the toners on the market today have alcohol, giving them their bad rep for being to drying. But much like looking for the right moisturizer...or any skin care product really...you just need to know what to look for for your skin type. You want to look for key words that you look for in your face wash and/or moisturizer. Then look at the ingredient list. Make sure you don't see anything you're adverse to (like alcohol for example). Trust me, there are toners out there for your skin type, they just may not be the ones you see on TV or the one your best friend is using.
I like to think of toner as my cleanser after my cleanser...removing any remaining makeup, soap residue or dead skin cells. But also, by finding a product that contains active ingredients beneficial to my skin type, it's a treatment.
Personally, I fight oiliness, large pores and occasional spots. For this reason, I wanted to take every step possible to help combat these issues. So I found myself a toner that contained salicylic acid to promote skin cell turnover, declog and "shrink" my pores. My pick? Dun da da dun! Origins Zero Oil Toner.
After trying Origins GinZing under eye cream and loving it, I knew I wanted to try other products of theirs. When I was in the market for a new toner, I just couldn't resist trying this. Origins describes it as an "invigorating, multi-tasking toner formulated with skin-clearing Saw Palmetto, cooling Mint and pore-minimizing Salicylic Acid instantly reduces shine and removes excess oil. Leaves skin with a smooth, matte finish." Exactly what I was looking for!
Use: Morning and Night
First Impression: My skin felt clean and firm, but not dry or sticky as some toners have left me. I felt refreshed and properly prepped for my additional treatments and/or makeup.
Overall Impression: Very satisfied with this product! After a few months of use, my oil production is significantly less, and my pores are clearer and smaller! The saw palmetto really helps in treating any spots I have with it's antiseptic properties, and the salicylic acid percentage isn't so high it leaves my skin dry and flaky. Overall texture of my skin has improved, and any spots I do get heal fairly quickly. My hyperpigmentation is fading, leaving my skin looking more even. I couldn't be happier!
Have you found your dream toner? Let me know what you use in the comments below! xx