I’m just going to state my case– I’m not a fan of synthetic pore minimizers. They often have a temporary tightening effect, giving the feeling they are closing the pores, but over time, the results I have seen are not good. It’s as though they cause the skin to become stretched so that it looses some of its elasticity. In the long run you can end up with a bigger problem than when you started. Here I’ll discuss the importance of facial toners and some of the benefits your toner should be providing for you.
REFINING LARGE PORES
A facial toner is the best way to deal with large pores. It will give your skin a smoother, more flawless look and will create healthier skin with fewer breakouts. Natural astringents such as witch hazel, rose water and apple cider vinegar will help to refine large pores without drying out the skin.
A botanical toner will help clear the complexion of all skin types by flushing the pores and rinsing out debris. Additionally, they work to balance the acid mantle which protects from harmful bacteria and reduces excess oil. This results in a deep cleanse for a healthy, clear complexion.
As previously mentioned, a good facial toner will restore the skin’s pH balance. The skin’s pH should be around 5.5 so using a toner will help to combat all of the environmental factors that can disrupt our skin’s pH balance. Just remember that when our pH is happy, our skin is happy.
Pores can be minimized with astringent botanical extracts. They cause skin to contract and pores to tighten. They are safe, effective and time-proven, and they come with anti-aging and clarifying benefits. Botanicals work best in combination as they each have powerful antioxidants with unique properties. Blends are ideal – the extracts will act synergystically to compliment each other.
Some facial toners, even organic ones, contain large amounts of alcohol. These are best avoided, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. To read more about the effects of alcohol in skincare click here.
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
All skin types can benefit from facial toners. Depending on how they are formulated, they can refine the skin’s surface, restore its pH, protect it from aging, clarify the complexion, and reduce breakouts. No matter your skin’s type, color or condition, everyone benefits from using a high quality facial toner.
USING A TONER
Use your toner every day after you cleanse. This will help to finish cleansing the skin and prep your pores for the serums and moisturizers to follow. You can boost the pore minimizing effect by keeping it refrigerated for an enlivening and refreshing experience.