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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