I'm not sure why but when I was younger I hated the idea of using a toner. I was always obsessed with skincare yet the idea of using a toner just didn't sit right with me. I think that it's probably because I associated toners with stripping the skin of moisture and I already have quite dry skin. Over the years though, I've gotten a bit wiser about skincare and now realize that it's an essential step in the skincare routine! Care to know why?

To put it simply, toners are meant to balance, exfoliate and hydrate the skin. When you cleanse your face, it actually disturbs the pH level of your skin just a bit. A toner is meant to balance or adjust the pH level so that it goes back to normal. It's much like when we shampoo our hair and need to condition it afterwards! Toners are also meant to exfoliate the skin, removing any dead skin off the surface to leave skin feeling smoother and looking brighter. A top notch toner will also hydrate the skin and allow it to better absorb moisturizer or any other products you wish to use after cleansing. British skincare expert, Caroline Hirons explained that she actually uses two toners — one to exfoliate and one to hydrate/moisturize the skin. It actually makes so much sense if you think about it! Here are a few toners that I've heard some marvelous tid bits about...

Pangea Organics has an all-natural toner that is amazing at balancing combo skin!

Unfortunately I have yet to try this raved-about product, but it's definitely on my wish list. This toner by Clarins is meant to remove dead skin and exfoliate, leaving your skin clearer and brighter!

This tonic moisture mist by Ren is no ordinary facial spray. It's meant to soothe, refresh and brighten your skin's appearance. It also smoothes, tones and improves the hydration level of the skin. Sounds too good to pass up.

I've heard so many great things about the Michael Todd True Organics Blue Algae Toner that I definitely see myself caving and adding it to my cart very soon. As it says on the bottle, it's for all skin types and works to soothe, protect and help prevent acne. I'm going to give it a go!

Is toner a part of your skincare routine, Lovelies? Let me know! 

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