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Facial Toners and Their Benefits in Your Skincare Routine
Many people with a good skincare routine include facial toners as the second step. However, most of them don’t realize its function and uses it out of habit. That’s totally fine. But wouldn’t it help to know the real reasons for using them? That’s what we plan to share in this article.
What is a Facial Toner?
A facial toner pertains to a quick-absorbing liquid applied to the face after washing and before moisturizing. Historically, it was intended to balance skin pH after washing the face with ordinary soap. But even with the advent of facial cleansers that are gentler and more pH-balanced, toners are still being popularly used and they now come in various types that provide different benefits suited to different skincare needs.
Facial toners are often mistaken for astringents, but the difference between the two actually lies on their alcohol content. Astringents are formulated with alcohol, while toner may or may not contain alcohol. This means the toners are generally milder for the skin and not overly drying. Unlike astringents, they can be used for sensitive skin. Furthermore, astringents are mostly recommended for minor skin irritations and infections.