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Is a toner necessary?

We get asked the question all the time, “is a toner even necessary?” Well, it will depend on who you ask.  For the staff at Karess Krafters Apothecary, we feel it’s an essential part of your facial regimen. Unfortunately, many people are unaware what a toner really is, while many have mixed thoughts about its true purpose

During my teen years, everyone used a product, that will remain nameless, on his/her skin to reduce oil, combat the on sight of zits and even used it to heal a burst pimple.  It was the most highly recommended product during my teen years.  At the time the smell was awful, only because I had not grown to appreciate the smell of Tea Tree. In addition, it left my face very dry due to the large amount of alcohol it contained. From that experience, I too was one who felt that a toner was not necessary.  Boy was I wrong.  The advancement of technology and discovery of soothing ingredients have afforded many companies to offer the same benefits the nameless products purported, but with more delicate, natural ingredients.

Why tone and what is a toner?

A toner is a water-based liquid that functions to complete the cleansing of your skin care routine. It removes any residue from your facial cleanser, restore the skin’s pH level, gently removes environmental toxins and even out skin tone, while protecting against bacteria and free radicals

What’s in a good toner?

I personally feel Rosewater is an excellent ingredient to use in a toner, be it on its own or mixed with other soothing plant extracts tailored to address a variety of skin types. Look for ingredients like Witch Hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar, Chamomile and the list can go on.

How should a toner be used?

After using a facial cleanser with warm water, splash you face with cold water. Then saturate a cotton pad with toner and gently wipe face and neck to complete the cleansing process, balance your skin’s pH, and remove any excess build up. Finish by applying your treatment product and/or moisturizer

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