What’s standing between you and unclogged pores? It could be the absence of just one product in your beauty routine. For Dr. Hadley King, a New York City board-certified dermatologist, the secret weapon to healthy skin is face toner.
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King says not to pile on extra makeup to mask acne and oil problems. Instead, use a gentle, soothing toner to remove oil and traces of dirt and grime. “Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen,” she said.
That’s not all toner can do. King outlined additional benefits:
1. It shrinks pores.
Our skin is naturally acidic, typically with a pH balance of between five and six (on a scale from 0 to 14). But that balance can get out of whack after cleansing due to the alkaline nature of soap. When this happens, your skin ne to work overtime to return to its normal levels (and that may result in oil), but using a toner can help restore this balance quickly.
3. It adds a layer of protection.
Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.
4. It moisturizes.
6. It can prevent ingrown hairs.
Toners containing glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs, so it also aids in grooming.
Here are a few options to check out:
Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel, $4, Amazon
Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel is known for their toners, especially its Pore Perfecting Toner, which contains 100 percent natural witch hazel.
Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner, $12, Amazon
Neutrogena Alcohol and Oil Free Toner, $6, Amazon
A solid budget option, this toner is gentle and refreshing, avoiding any harsh or drying ingredients or additives.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Rosewater, $14, Amazon
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