SKINCARE 101? Why do you use a toner?

Toner is one of the most important steps in skincare as it completes the cleansing process. Stress and environmental factors can turn the skin’s pH acidic. Plus, any time you cleanse you inevitably strip the skin. So the point of toner is to get rid of the excess oil, dirt, and leftover cleanser and, most important, balance the skin’s pH level (where it is healthiest).

Rodan + Fields toners also works to prep the skin for moisturizers, serum and other products. It travels deeper into the pores than creams and washes to kill any lingering bacteria. Specific toners exist to address certain skin concerns such as sensitivity, acne, brown spots, dullness, aging and even pore size.

After cleansing your skin, pour a few drops onto a cotton gauze pad (you can find it in the essentials section on my website) this works best because it doesn’t absorb too much of the liquid and easily transfers product to your face. Be sure you get enough product on the gauze pad so that it feels damp but not too wet so that you’re not wasting it. Smooth a small amount across your face and neck adding enough pressure to reach deep into your pores but not too much force so as to pull at the skin.

The next time you’re wondering whether or not you really need to add another step to your skin-care routine, remember not to tune out toner. It eliminates dirt, grease, and grime to help clear your complexion and make the rest of your products work better.

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