• Lisa Colegate

To spritz or not to spritz.....

Toners have gradually become a vital part of my skin care routine, especially over the past several years. I initially believed they weren't a necessity; even after a 3 year stint working behind the beauty counters (my weekend Job after having Oscar). The majority of those toners contained large percentages of alcohol, fragrance or witch hazel and when used on a daily basis could or would cause skin irritations. Even my super oily skin couldn't handle those ingredients every day! Plus I was never convinced when companies claimed that toners could 'shrink pores'?? How could a simple liquid toner possibly have the power to work on pore size?!! Oh how toners have moved on, they are now of a different breed. To be honest, beauty companies had no choice but to evolve; otherwise today's switched on consumers would no longer repurchase. There are now several different categories/benefits of toners, ranging from: hydrating, revitalising, exfoliating, soothing and brightening etc, all depending on your skin needs. Soothing and hydrating toners often contain ingredients like Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic acid, Wheat germ oil, or Glycerin. Whilst exfoliating and revitalising toners contain either or Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Salicylic acid or Azelaic acid. I won't go too deeply into the above as it is a bit of a mind field. One other purpose of a toner is to remove the last traces of makeup (if you haven't cleansed thoroughly) sorry, I had to put that in!! I tend to prefer spritzing my toner over my skin rather than using a cotton wool pad but each to their own. Also, and most importantly, our skin is acidic (preferably at a 5.5 pH balance). The pH balance is disturbed every time we cleanse, especially when using foaming cleansers and even creamy cleansers with hot cloths/flannels. A quick spritz of a toner will restore the skins natural balance within seconds.......Result. Here is a list of some of my favourite toners and the categories they belong in: * Liz Earle Instant Boost skin tonic - soothing and hydrating * Lush Eau Roma Water toner water - soothing and hydrating * Lush Breath of fresh air - revitalising and soothing * The body Shop aloe calming toner - soothing and hydrating * Melvita Damask rose floral water - soothing *The Body Shop Tea Tree clearing toner - revitalising, contains Witch Hazel and Tea Tree * Pixi Glow tonic - exfoliating and brightening, contains 5% Glycolic * AlphaH instant facial - exfoliating and brightening, contains 5% Glycolic I hope the above helps you decide which toner will be beneficial for your skin type and age . NOTE: I just want to reiterate that I'm not a beauty expert or therapist. I am however a skincare and beauty junkie!! I've spent many years trialling skincare products in the hope of finding my perfect regime. My blogs are designed to share my passion for beauty and skincare knowledge; in the hope that you'll find your perfect 'beauty' match.

Finally, I wanted to say whatever works for me may not work for you, so I'd always recommend a patch test. :)

#Tonic #Toner #PixiGlow #Lush #AlphaH #LizEarle #Salicylicacid #Glycolic #Soothing #Revitalising

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