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25/07/2016

To tone or not to tone?

To tone or not to tone?

What is a toner anyway?

A toner is designed to be used after cleansing. Most toners on the market are water or alcohol/astringent based and are applied with either a mist/spray or a cotton pad.

Traditionally toners were recommended as a way of restoring your skin’s pH balance after using a bar soap or bar cleanser because those types of cleansers raise the skin’s natural pH to a level that isn’t good for your skin. But modern cleansers are more gentle and sophisticated, so they don’t change your skin’s pH level to a significant degree… therefore, a typical, astringent toner has gradually become less popular.

However, more modern toners can play a really beneficial role in your skincare regime... read on!

What does a toner do for your skin?

There are 3 main types of toners:

  1. Alcohol or astringent based - Focused on skin pH, tightening pores and removing additional traces of dirt and oil. However, these ingredients can actually cause irritation or free-radical damage to your skin.
  2. Fragranced waters/clarifiers - Often designed to ‘freshen’ the skin, but if overly fragranced, these types of toners have potential to irritate your skin.
  3. Nutritional toners - Water based and containing high levels of beneficial skin nutrients and ingredients to boost skin radiance and protection.

Can you guess which one we developed?

Essano Certified Organic Mist Toner

We chose to infuse our newly-released toner with a number of natural ingredients that your skin will love and easily absorb...

  • Kakadu Plum - A clinically-proven extract with powerful antioxidant levels and the world’s highest natural source of Vitamin C.
  • Green Tea - A proven protector against free radical damage and environmental stressors.
  • Rosehip Oil - A natural source of Retinol (Vitamin A) and essential fatty acids.

Over time, these ingredients can work to increase cell turnover, reversing UV damage and hydrating and balancing your skin. Our Mist Toner is gentle enough for all skin types and comes in a handy mist bottle.

How do I use it?

After cleansing, spray onto your face and neck. Toners should be used all year round - in summer to freshen your skin and in winter to hydrate. Winter skin has to battle a loss in hydration, subject to air-conditioners and chilly air with little moisture. There are many bottles of Mist Toner on our office desks – a few quick sprays throughout the day keeps our skin hydrated and our make-up fresh. Happy days!

Handy tip: To lock in moisture, we suggest applying serums, oils and moisturisers onto damp skin. So get your moisturiser on BEFORE the toner has absorbed into your skin