Prevention.comDr. Kauvar discusses why you need to use a toner.
Dermatologists used to tell patients that toners were unnecessary or even damaging. But as the products on the market evolved, so has the expert advice, and more derms are now giving toners the thumbs-up. “While toners used to be alcohol-laden liquids designed to remove excess oil in people with oily and acne-prone skin, they now address a variety of skin types and issues,” explains Arielle Kauvar, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU School of Medicine.. Using a toner primes skin for anti-aging treatments and serums that follow, so you’ll get more out of your skin-care routine. The key is to pick the right one for your skin. If you’re in need of exfoliation, look for ingredients like salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid. Seeing red? Reach for a toner with soothing chamomile, cucumber, or vitamin E. For extra hydration, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and rosewater can help. To reduce free radical damage, seek out grape seed extract or green tea. Got age spots? A toner with vitamin C can help fade pigmentation. (Make sure when washing your face, you don’t make these mistakes.) Apply toner after cleansing and patting skin dry, then allow it to absorb before using additional products.