Skincare always starts with a foundation, as base to act as “primer”. To be completely honest I was never a fan of using toner, i’ve always skipped this part till I knew the real reason why toner is so important as the first step to any skincare routine.
Toner in definition acts as a cleanser and replenisher. It removes any residue or dirt that was left on the skin while restoring the skin with benefical ingredients that may have been striped from skin while cleansing.
As some of you have heard of the “7 layer toner method” this involves as increasing the mositure level to ensure the skin is hydrated without feeling heavy from essences and mosituriser. However, I don’t necessary apply 7 layers, the most I would go up to is 3 – 4. My first of layer involves swiping the face clean from any unwanted makeup and dirt that was left over. Second layer involves patting the toner on to my face with the palm of my hands, the warmth of my hands allows the toner to be fully absorb. The third layer is essential my last layer of toner that creates a barrier from allowing any dirt or dust particles. Depending on how dry my skin feels that day or night I will go for a fourth layer to increase the moisture just a notch. From there I will proceed with my essence, moisturizer…eye serum etc.
Now with all that aside here are my top two toners that I have been loving these past 6 months to a year.
Lets break down the difference in the two toners.
Starting with Pyunkang Yul. This is a unscented toner that is perfect for individuals that have sensitivity to smell. I find this toner to be on the heavier side and would say this is perfect for the Fall/Winter months. Not to say that this isn’t good for the Spring/Spring months but essentially I find this work better and to its potential during the colder months where my skin is on the drier side.
With 90% of the ingredient being Milk Vetch Root Extract (Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract) and with no water base. This purely concentrates on the essence contain which is an anti-inflammatory that is great for skin irrtation or redness. It calms the skin by replenishing the skin with benefical ingredients for acne-prone skin.
Huxley has been the ever growing brand that is great for sensitive skin. The toner is absolutely divine with a light scent and refreshing for the summer months. It is light formula but is great for moisture and hydration. Again this toner is waterless and alcohol free and purely concentrates on the Sahara Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Extract. This extract maximizes hydration as well restores the pH level allowing a smooth clear canvas.
As this forumla is much ligher in comparison to the Pyunkang Yul it has work great for me during the summer months and up to now as the weather in Toronto has not reached its Fall weather temperature.
There are still tons of toners I will adventure off to. By far these two has been my top choices and that I would recommend. Both are great for sensitive skin and both has their own unique main factor.
I hope everyone finds this helpful. There are few more toners I am trying and have been building content to share with you guys!
Have a great week! Hope everyone is out on this sunny and HOT Sunday afternoon! Enjoy whatever we have left of this heat wave in Toronto.
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