21 January 2013

The Skincare Series | Toners



In the last Skincare Series post I talked facial exfoliators (read that post here!) Today I am going to be talking about something far more gentle. Toners! A toner is probably one of the very first skincare products I started using back in my early teens (the first being an Olay moisturiser my mother used to demand I use from the age of 12 on-wards  The very first toner I bought, and one I still often indulge in and would recommend, is the Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner


But why is using a toner important? Many of you will be aware of the saying, "Cleanse, tone, moisturise" and for me, using a toner is just a basic, simple and almost habitual step in my skincare routine. It's just something I've always done. A toner will help to remove any dirt or grime left behind from your cleansing, it helps to minimise pores, balances your skins pH level, adds a layer of protection, moisturises, refreshes the skin as well as many more beneficial factors. I wouldn't say it was an absolutely necessary step - it's all down to personal preference. But my preference is definitely to use a toner! 

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Mist and Lulu and Boo Lavender and Lemon Toner
My favourite three toners are the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Mist and the Lulu and Boo Lavender and Lemon Toner. My favourite of the three is pretty much, without a doubt, the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Mist. It is just the most absolutely lovely toner I have ever used. It left my skin feeling so soft and hydrated, without worsening my oily skin. It's a beauty! You can find it on the Aromatherapy Associates website here and a 50ml bottle costs £19. Whereas the Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Mist is my preferred choice for the colder months of Autumn and Winter, a lovely toner to use in the warmer months is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I've reviewed this in full which you can read here, but in short this toner ticks all the boxes that you want a toner to tick. You can find it on the Liz Earle website here and it comes in two bottle formats; one with a spritzer and one without. I have the 200ml spritzer bottle which costs £13. 

And last but definitely not least, another favourite toner of mine is the Lulu and Boo Lavender and Lemon Toner. This toner is a little more different though to the others mentioned - This is a toner targeted at problematic and oily skin. Which is what I have! I find this the perfect toner for when my skin is having a bit of an off day and I have some blemishes to deal with. It just really calms my skin down! You can find it on the Lulu and Boo website here and it costs £13.95 for 100ml. 

What's your favourite toner? Do you use a toner? Do you think it's a step you'll be adding to your skincare routine? Let me know! 

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Mist and Lulu and Boo Lavender and Lemon Toner

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16 comments

  1. Lovely post! The lavender and lemon toner seems like it would smell delicious! My all time favourite toner is the Liz Earle one, it seems to do no wrong!

    B xx

    itsallaboutb.blogspot.com

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    1. I think overall Liz Earle is just an amazing brand - I love all of their skincare xo

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  2. I swear by the LuLu and Boo toner, it is so good on my oily skin! i am glad someone else agrees!

    Alexandra
    whatalexandradidnext.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a great toner! I have a lot of favourites from Lulu and Boo :) xo

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  3. I absolutely cannot live without the liz earle toner ive seen such a difference in my skin with her brand and will continue to use aswell as mixing and matching with other products :) a firm liz earle fan yay :)

    Love Emily xx

    http://love-x-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. My mum was the same! She made me use the Olay Beauty Fluid from the age of like 10 haha! I use my Simple toner every morning and evening, like you, it's just a normal step in my skin care routine. I actually get questioned by my friends as to how I can be bothered using it, but I think it makes my skin feel reealy clean after :) Great post! xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Amie, I am glad you liked the post. xo

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  5. I love the Liz Earle one! Use it everyday xx

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    1. It's definitely my favourite summer toner :) xo

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  6. i always use a toner, when i don't my skin just isn't the same! i love the liz earle toner too, it's so refreshing :)

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    1. Same here. I think for me at least, it's a really important, yet simple, step in my skincare routine xo

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  7. What an absolute peach of a blog, absolutely beautiful.

    Sincerely, Alexa

    www.wishbone-vintage.blogspot.com

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  8. My mom was the same! I started off using one from Clinique but found it too chemically and stripping so I've moved on to Liz Earle and haven't looked back since!xo

    hhhxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I've not heard very good things about Clinique skincare unfortunately xo

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