The days when toners were these alcohol laden products that were used to remove extra dirt after cleansing and left the skin feeling dry are long gone. In 2020, toners are gentle products that are multipurpose: they can hydrate, contain actives that treat your skin, balance the skin etc. Toners help to prepare the skin for the products that you apply afterwards. I particularly love hydrating products in my skincare routine and hydrating toners are a firm favourite.
Why do you need a hydrating toner? What are the benefits?
All skin types need hydration, you can get this hydration in many forms: toners, essences, serums, masks etc. I however love getting my hydration from toners because I apply toner right after cleansing, this ensures that my skin is nice and hydrated when I apply other products.
What to look for in a hydrating toner
Apart from water as the first ingredient, the other ingredients that you want a hydrating toner to have high up in the ingredients list are: glycerine, aloe vera, propylene glycol, urea and hyaluronic acid
How to use a hydrating toner
I apply the product after cleansing my skin, I usually apply it in 2 layers using my hands in a patting motions. I don’t use a cotton pad because I feel like it wastes product and doesn’t help with getting the product into the skin. I know that my skin is well hydrated when it bounces back when I touch it and it feels slightly tacky to the touch. In my evening skincare routine, I sometimes apply the toner after each step so it can help to balance out my skin in between steps, this is a trick I learnt from LABEAUTYOLOGIST. .
Extra note In Korean skincare, there is a method where a toner is applied in many layers (they also call it skins). They typically recommend that you apply 7 skins. For this method, hydrating toners work very well, you don’t want to use a toner with actives because you risk damaging your skin.
Hydrating toners that are worth your money
One toner that I’ve used and repurchased is The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, I’ve also used toners from Miniso (unfortunately, most Miniso stores in South Africa have shut down). I’ve also used the Banila Co Hydration Toner which I bought as part of a Korean Beauty skincare box from Glamology_ZA.
These are some of the hydrating toners that are readily available in South Africa, across all price ranges. Korean skincare focuses a lot on hydration, so I’d recommend having a look at products from Korean brands for hydration.
Do you use hydrating toners? Which one is your favourite?