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The Importance of Skin Toner
to restore pH balance
Skin toners such as witch hazel and rosewater is the next step in complete facial cleansing. Toners provide thorough cleansing by penetrating the pores and removing excess oil, dead skin cells and impurities that were left behind from cleansing. In addition they refresh and cool your skins and prepare your face for the next application of your skin care regime, such as applying your moisturizer and then make-up if any.
Additionally, skin toners naturally restore the pH balance in you skin. Washing your face distorts the pH balance and your skin has to work hard to restore the acid and alkaline balance. A natural toner that you make your kitchen or a store bought product will restore the pH levels in you skin instantly, without a toner, the skin may take up to an hour to restore pH levels after washing.
There are many toner products on the market and in order to determine which one is right for you is difficult unless you know your skin type, i.e. dry skin, oily skin, combination skin (dry or oily in specific areas). Whether you choose a store bought product or a make at home recipe, it is important to stay away from alcohol based toners. Alcohol is very drying to the skin and harms the soluble collagen below the surface of the skin.
Witch hazel, germanium, honey, lemon, ivy and sage are just some of the herbs used in toners. Although witch hazel by itself can be very drying to the skin, use it with moisturizers such as vitamin E and honey.
Rosewater is a commonly used toner for dry to sensitive skin as it helps the skin and face stay moisturized and restores the pH balance. Witch hazel is usually used on oily skin because of its drying effect. See my rosewater recipe.
In addition, to the above essential oils, juniper, lemongrass, rose or sandalwood are other natural toners and fresheners for the skin. Juniper and lemongrass are for the oily skin type whereas rose or sandalwood for the drier skin type.Get your essential oils at
Toning your skin daily is an important part of your skin care regime. The purpose of toning your skin is to restore pH balance, freshen your skin, and removes residual impurities left behind after cleansing. Toning should not be used as a substitute for cleaning your skin.
Think of toning your skin just as the term "toning" suggests.
Go to the Skin Care Recipes page to find the right toner recipe for your skin type.