Do I really need to use toner?
Question: Do I really need a toner?
Unfortunately, toners have been know to be the forgotten skin care product. Out of every step in a skincare regime, toners are the most missed step. Most likely because very few know what it is for.
What is toner? A toner is a liquid moisturizing product that is meant to restore your skins natural PH balance after cleansing, replenish hydration and nourish the skin.
When do I use a toner? It is best to use a toner right after cleansing to restore skins PH and before using a water based, or oil based moisturizer to lock in the water. You can also use toners throughout the day to hydrate the skin.
What should the skins PH be and how do I know if it is off? The skins natural PH is 5.5 (slightly acidic). This means the skins moisture barrier is working at its optimal state to lock in moisture and block out bacteria and pollutants.
When the skin is too alkaline (5.5 +) it becomes dry and sensitive and prone to eczema.
Too alkaline: your skin is dry and inflamed or has developed wrinkles.
Too acidic: your skin is oily, prone to breakouts and sensitive
Just right: your skin is happy, glowing and smooth
Using a toner of a PH balance closest to 5.5 or slightly more acidic is ideal.
Is toner drying? Traditionally toner has been know to be drying, especially if it contains denatured alcohols. These drying toners may help to minimize oil but can be harsh and very drying. It is best to look for a toner that does not contain the following alcohols:
Alcohols to avoid:
These alcohols are harsh, regular alcohols that have been mixed with additives to make them taste and smell bad. These additives are synthetic and made in labs
- Denatured alcohol
- Ethyl alcohol
- Benzyl alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
- SD alcohol
Fatty Alcohol that are ok for the skin:
These alcohols are derived from natural fats, oils, waxes coconut and palm oils. These alcohols can also be made synthetically and from petroleum sources.
- Cetyl alcohol
- Stearyl alcohol
- Cetearyl alcohol
Do hydrosols make good toners? An optimal toner is hydrosols or water. Our skin needs water soluble molecules to be replenished. Distilled leaves (hydrosols) are ideal for use as toners. They correct skin’s ph, hydrate and have therapeutic benefits. Hydrosols are water soluble, while their sisters, essential oils are oil soluble, which means quicker and more effective absorption and optimal hydration. Hydrosols can also be mixed with tinctures and essential oils for added benefits for various skin types.
Here are our suggestions for toners for each skin type:
Acne Prone: Wild Hill Botanicals Fireweed toner
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) is the most abundant flowering perennial in the Northwest. A gentle healer, fireweed is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and full of Vitamin C. Studies show its compound Oenethin-B effectively combats the bacterial overgrowth implicated in acne.
Combination/Stressed Skin: Wild Hill Botanicals Rose Geranium Toner
A wonder herb for skin with an uplifting scent, Rose Geranium is an adaptogen, meaning it helps us adapt to the stresses of life. Known for balancing skin pH, this mighty plant also boosts skin cell regeneration. A natural astringent, Rose Geranium is also considered a hormone balancer, and is indicated for balancing oil production, making it a great go-to for redness and combination skin types.
Dry Skin: Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner
Our Nootka Rose toning floral water is the heartwarming rose that we all love in a bottle. A cosmetic plant with a long, long history of use, rose is most indicated to bring hydration and softness for skin with persistent dryness.