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Should I Be Using Toner? Welcome Back To The Hey Shea Shea Skin Series

Welcome back to the Hey Shea Shea skin care series! I can't wait to chat more about all the steps I take in my skin care routine and help you decide if its something for you. In the last point, I explained why double cleansing is the key to my skin care loving heart, and today, we're asking, "Should I be using a toner?"


Toning is when we start to get into steps that not everyone is used to doing in their skin care routine. Most people know they should be cleansing their skin and moisturizing, maybe applying an eye cream. When you start to introduce a toner, it's easy to feel like things are going to get complicated, but that's the beautiful thing about toner. It's actually an important step in a routine, and as it turns out, toners are super easy to use.


What do toners do and why should you use one?

If you've ever used a makeup primer underneath foundation or a BB cream, that's essentially what a toner is. A toner gives your skin a quickly absorbed shot of hydration and can remove dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin. If you want to get science-y, toners take your skin back to its natural pH level helping your skin be able to absorb your products better. In an interview with Allure, SoKo Glam founder Charlotte Cho explains it this way saying, "Your skin is like a dried-up sponge. If you put a thick cream on a brittle dry sponge, it won't accept it and it isn't 'prepped' for moisture. But if you wet the sponge, the cream will sink in more easily."

Just like cleansers, there are different types of toners that do different thing, but the most important part of a toner's job is to impart hydration. Also like cleansers, there are quality toners at a variety of price points. If you're thinking of adding a toner to your routine (because no one wants to be a dry sponge as Cho explains), it's an easy one to include. Toners are super lightweight in texture, basically like water. Simply add a bit to a cotton pad and sweep it over your face. Some are even in spray form making it extra easy. As for when to tone, do it right after cleansing and before any next steps.

What are some great toners out there to incorporate into your routine? I'll give you some of my recommendations.


GlamGlow SuperToner

I'm completely obsessed with this toner. In fact, it's my current one in my routine. In a future blog post, I'll explain the whole acid portion of this toner, but for now, just know that the mix of acids in this toner will be help to purify and detox your skin by removing dead skin cells.


Pixi Rose Tonic

If you have more sensitive skin, the Pixi Rose Tonic is going to be great for your skin. Not only does it add hydration to the skin, but it will help to calm your skin and balance pH.


Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

The Fresh Rose toner is a favorite of tons of Youtube gurus including my favorite Jackie Aina. The ultra hydrating formula is even great for oily skin thanks to its hyaluronic acid, and it helps to minimize the appearance of pores.


Thayers Witch Hazel

Thayers witch hazel isn't the ultra-drying, acne clearing product you might remember. This product keeps a spot in my cabinet for its hydrating properties and the different scents smell amazing.


Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl's toner is perfect for those who have sensitive skin. This product is so perfectly balanced and recommended for all skin types.


If you're been afraid to use toners before, don't be. These products are such a crucial step in getting the most bang for your buck out of your skin care. If you haven't been seeing the changes in your skin that you'd like to see, maybe it's time for a toner.