Toner is one of the most underrated and essential skincare products everyone needs in their routine. Once you figure out which toner is best for your skin type, you’ll start noticing a true difference in your skin. Skin’s pH is around 4.5 – 5.5, so when it’s washed with a typical basic cleanser (7.0-14.0) it will need to be brought back down to its natural state by an acidic product – enter toner. Toner’s are formulated to be slightly acidic so that your skin can be restored to its natural pH. Toner helps balance pH, hydrate, and prep the skin for next steps.
So why use an acid toner then? The biggest benefit of using an acid toner is the exfoliation properties the product has. Acid toners contain AHAs (glycolic, lactic, mandelic, etc.), BHAs (salicylic acid) or PHAs, which all have exfoliating mechanisms. These acids are pretty powerful ingredients when used in high percentages. Via exfoliation, they have the ability to improve skin cell turn-over, hyperpigmentation, PIH, signs of aging, texture, and acne.
So if you’re following along you may have figured out that acid toners act as multi-functional chemical exfoliants! Yep, the ever popular chemical exfoliators that everyone is obsessed with can also be found in acid toners. The benefit of using an acid toner include being gentle, easily be placed into a skin care routine, and provide more benefits than just exfoliation.
Personally, every time I use an acid toner it leaves my skin absolutely glowing and soft. However, earlier this year I found myself over-doing it with my Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – because ya know daily was in the name so I didn’t even question it.
Acid toners should be treated similarly to any exfoliation as they should only be used a few times a week and only at night time. Post-cleansing, use a cotton ball or pad (straight to the skin may be too intense for those with sensitivities) to swipe a serving of acid toner on your skin. Pay close attention to any irritation and be sure to not get any in your eyes and then follow the toner up with the next steps in your routine. The recommendation to use an acid toner 2-3X per week can be increased if your skin is taking the product well.