Should you use a toner? Is toner an important part of your cleansing routine or an unnecessary product?
Theory has it that one of the main reasons toner was created was to cleanse away the harsh residue of modern cleansers, usually the ingredients they contained such as alcohols. These days cleansers are said to be less harsh on the skin and therefore toner is no longer necessary.
I’m not sure what time period we’re talking about here because I’m fairly certain many of today’s cleansers, and toners, still contain harsh ingredients that can strip away natural oils from your skin. Although they’re perhaps softer (containing less alcohol – due to public demand) than their fore-bearers?
Even though cleansers are (supposedly) less harsh they still leave residue on the surface of the skin and this needs to be cleansed away, along with residual dirt and grime.