Everyone likes a good debate right? Well in our office, the latest debate is about toners. Do they play a critical role in a skincare regimen or are they an unnecessary step in the cleanse-tone-moistuize process? According to Dr. Murad, tonins is an essential step in any healthy skin care regimen. It restores skin’s natural pH balance.

When we look at the aging process, basically there are three types of aging. Genetic, Environmental aging, which is being in the sun, pollution, smoke, wind, heat, all of that. Then there is hormonal aging: our hormones begin to shift, and what happens is that your skin becomes thinner, you get larger pores, you’re a little drier, you get a little bit of facial hair and breakouts.

If you’re looking to add a toner or astrigment to your skincare routine, its curtail to find one that’ll work best with your skin type. So keep these tips in mind.

Have oily or combination skin? Use an astringent. These work best when it comes to removing excess oil, says Dr. Nathan Newman, M.D. Astringents have ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, or acids (like salicylic acid) that help reduce oil production and fight acne. Using an astringent is critical for oily skin as it helps “clean and tighten your pores, making it harder for debris and dirt to penetrate your skin and cause irritation or breakouts,” says Murad.

• Have dry or sensitive skin? Use an alcohol-free toner. Those with dry skin should avoid using astringents or toners that have retinols, glycolics, or benzoyl peroxide in them. These will be “too drying and may even cause the skin to breakout,” says Newman. Instead, look for one that is water-based and has ingredients like rosewater or chamomile extracts, and vitamin B derivatives like panthenol, which help lock in moisture and prevent makeup from looking cakey.

Now that you know what to look for, SHOP NOW!


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