Mischo Beauty School: Toners 101

I've received quite a few emails lately asking me if toners are a necessary step in a skincare regimen. And in response, I prepared this post in hopes that it will answer most, if not all, of your questions. Toners, fresheners and astringents are all essentially the same type of product. But, it is important to note that the products do have different properties and vary by strength and alcohol content.

Most often these liquids are used after cleansing, just before moisturizer is applied. If using during a mini-facial, for instance, then multiple applications are required. Toners are applied by using a cotton ball/pad or by spraying directly onto the skin. Most fall into the following categories below:

- Fresheners: Beneficial for dry, mature and sensitive skin. Often have the lowest to no alcohol content.

- Toners: Beneficial for normal and combination skin. Very low alcohol content; tones or tightens the skin.

- Astringents: Beneficial for oily and acneic skin. Higher alcohol content; helps remove excess oil on the skin, but can be too drying and may cause more harm than good.


- Removes residue left behind by cleansers.
- Restores the skin's natural pH after cleansing or other treatments.
- Prepares the skin for increased product absorption.
- May improve certain skin conditions (some toners contain vitamins/antioxidants, etc.).

So there you have it! Please feel free to email me with any questions. Love your skin.



N Nicole said...

Great post! Do you have a toner that you recommend so I can add to my skin care regiment?

August 3, 2010 at 8:04 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To N Nicole: Thank you. Here are a few brand recommendations: Dermalogica, Lancome, Clinique, Caudalie, Clarins and Jurlique - plus many, many more!

The key is select the toner based on your skin type and skin's needs. Just about each brand listed above makes several different toners based on one's skin type/needs.

I hope this helps! :)

August 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM
N Nicole said...

Thanks for the recommendations!

August 4, 2010 at 7:08 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To N Nicole: You're welcome! :)

August 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

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