Who isn’t looking for an easy way to ensure more good skin days? Applying a product that restores your skin’s natural pH can instantly help improve long-lasting hydration, increase plumpness, and create instantly healthier skin.
In this article, you will learn:
- What Do You Use a Toner For?
- The Problem with Toners of the Past
- Benefits of a pH-Balancing Toner
- What to Look for in an Effective pH-Balancing Toner
What is a Toner’s Job?
After a cleanser, a toner is typically the second step of the skincare routine.
With daily application, a high-quality toner will:
- Deliver a dose of hydration
- Help remove dead skin cells
- Plump for supple skin
- Create a natural glow
- Work to prime skin for the next steps of the skincare routine.
The Problem with Toners of the Past
Toners are not what they were 10 years ago. Most toners of the past were commonly infused with high concentrations of alcohol, making them overly astringent, drying, and even irritating, almost like a mouthwash.
Now, toners are the opposite. Where they were once too aggressive, high-quality toners today are gently astringent while being entirely free of irritating ingredients like alcohol.
And they’re no longer only for teenagers dealing with outbursts of acne. Currently, there are toners on the market that are formulated to address many different skin concerns.
So, with all the options available today, what’s the best toner for troubled or sensitive skin? Continue reading to discover why a pH-balancing toner is worth your attention for radiant and plump skin.
Benefits of a pH-Balancing Toner
A pH-balancing toner can be the extra step that’s needed in your skincare routine to transform tired, aging, or sensitive skin and dramatically enhance overall skin health.
Once the pH is back in balance (between 5 and 7), skin also becomes less sensitive to environmental threats. This means the skin barrier is fortified, enabling it to better protect itself from factors like sun damage and aging.
When used correctly, a pH-balancing toner can:
- Refresh tired skin
- Remove excess sebum and oil
- Firm pores and reduces blackheads
- Enhance penetration of other skincare products
- Balance the pH after exposure to harsh environmental factors
When it comes to restoring your skin’s delicate pH and reaping maximum skin benefits from a toner, look for one that’s formulated with ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to exfoliate acne-prone skin and stimulate cell renewal.
Additionally, keep an eye out for acne-clearing ingredients like witch hazel. You can also look for soothing and moisturizing toners that feature aloe vera or incredibly calming, anti-inflammatory ingredients suitable to treat sensitive skin like arnica.
The daily use of a toner with these ingredients will work to clear, soothe, nourish, and heal troubled skin while balancing the pH.
What to Look for in a Facial Toner
The skin-enhancing results of a toner depend on the quality of the ingredients that are used. When looking for an effective toner, look for featured ingredients like the ones below:
Witch hazel is an especially ideal ingredient to have on hand for sensitive skin types, which includes over 45% of Americans. Applying witch hazel is known to help soothe irritation, inflammation, and even protect against skin damage thanks to its potent botanical compounds like gallic acid and tannins. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties are also what makes it a proven tool to treat and clear acne. Witch hazel also works most effectively when it’s applied directly after cleansing or steaming, making it the ideal key ingredient in a high-grade facial toner.
Amino acids are the building blocks for skin-rejuvenating proteins like collagen that diminish the signs of aging. Daily application of an amino-acid infused toner is proven to help restore supple, youthful plumpness, smooth skin texture, and enhance overall skin health.
Certain essential amino acids aren’t able to be produced by the body, meaning they need to be either consumed or applied topically to reap their impressive anti-aging benefits.
While many may know of the arnica plant thanks to its miraculous ability to soothe pain, it turns out this ingredient is also highly anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healing, working wonders on the complexion.
Arnica works to calm redness, heal scars, soothe irritation, remove any remaining harmful bacteria that weren’t properly cleansed, and enhance the overall appearance of healthy skin.
The oil of camphor can only be extracted from the bark of cinnamonun camphora trees that have aged at least 50-years old. By this time, these camphor trees produce a waxy substance that’s loaded with skin-enhancing properties.
Infusing camphor in a toner can calm redness, eczema, and itching, as well as help to cure acne and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Aloe vera is one of the world’s most versatile botanical ingredients. When it comes to its benefits for skin, its leaves are abundant in important antioxidants, rejuvenating enzymes, unique anti-inflammatory properties, and both vitamin A and C which are known to repair sun damage and increase collagen production.
Applying aloe vera can also help soothe burns, diminish acne and deeply hydrate dry skin. In a toner, aloe vera’s enzymes are able to lightly exfoliate the skin to create a smoother and softer complexion.
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA that’s known for its transformative effects on tired and aging skin. Those who are familiar with lactic acid find that it’s an incredibly potent ingredient to improve overall skin health and texture.
Regular application of an AHA on your skin can diminish the appearance of aging, working to remedy fine lines and wrinkles as well as repairing the negative effects of sun damage.
DEW pH Perfector
The DEW pH Perfector is Circcell’s luxury skin toner that restores the skin to perfect harmony. DEW combines the benefits of a skin-perfecting primer and a hydrating serum. After each application of this multi-tasking formulation, your skin is ready to better absorb the next products in your skincare routine.
To instantly enhance your complexion, DEW is formulated with a rich complex of rejuvenating amino acids, brightening lactic acid, and nourishing botanicals like camphor and arnica to help restore and balance the skin’s pH.
The result? Less visible pores, an even skin tone, longer-lasting hydration, and a more noticeably radiant and supple complexion.
Applying the pH-balancing toner both morning and night before your serums, face oils, and creams is the secret to soothing irritation, clearing acne, and ensuring more good skin days.
Mechanical engineer and Wharton MBA, Maya Crothers, began her career in corporate America where she worked in consulting and operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. After leaving the corporate world and moving to Jackson Hole, WY she found the need for high performance, clean skincare that could stand up to extreme environments. This led to her founding Circcell Skincare. She lives in Jackson Hole with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.