If you have dry skin, it's tempting to avoid anything that could potentially reduce moisture levels further, however this often leads to cutting out essential steps in your skincare routine which can damage the skin's health further. One of the most avoided products for dry skin, toner often gets a bad rep for it's traditional origins, when the majority of toners contained high levels of alcohol and astringents that stripped the skin of moisture. Though some toners, mainly aimed at oily and acne prone skin, do still contain a small concentration of alcohol, there are now a variety of formulations designed for different skin types that use much gentler ingredients that can even increase moisture levels in the skin.
Why do you need to use a toner?
A toner should be used after your regular cleanser both morning and night to clear any remaining impurities on the skin. Not only do toners help to cleanse, but they also balance out the skin's natural pH levels as well as adding moisture and soothing the skin to leave it feeling refreshed and balanced, allowing it to absorb further products much more effectively. They also help to close the pores after cleansing to ensure that no dirt or build up gets into the complexion, helping to reduce breakouts.
What are the best toners for dry skin?
If you have dry skin, look for a toner that contains soothing and hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, squalane, chamomile or aloe vera. Avoid alcohol based toners that can dry the skin out and always follow your toner with a hydrating moisturiser.