Why use a toner? What do toners do?
20th July 2021 Evese London


What do toners do?

Toning lotion skin benefits are probably overlooked in a world of cleansers and moisturisers. Face toner is a secret weapon to achieving good skin health and improving complexion. One can argue young looking skin can be attributed to toner integration of your skincare routine.

A toners job is to gently refresh your skin without stripping it from its natural moisture. Although toners can be used in various stages of your routine, its best used after cleansing. This prepares your skin to absorb your serum or moisturiser.

The skin benefit of toning lotion is that it removes any traces of dirt and impurities in your pores after cleansing. In fact, it has as many benefits as any dedicated serum or moisturiser. Using a toner every day to improve complexion won’t end in disappointment though – Enhanced overall skin health will prevail and the appearance of ageing skin will slow.

You may be familiar with the term ‘astringent’ as it may have popped up while researching toners. A toner differs to an astringent sightly and this is due to alcohol content of the lotion. Good at helping oil control, the alcohol in astringents could contribute to ageing skin.


Complete skin cleansing by removing build up of pollutants during the day and sebum produced during the night.


In not so many words, “EVERYONE”. Toner brings the skin’s pH into balance. If your pH balance is off and it’s too alkaline, your skin is going to look flaky and red and is more susceptible to dehydration. Too acidic, you’ll increase your chances of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne.

If you have oily, acne prone skin or wear makeup, you may especially benefit. When it comes to glowing, healthy-looking skin, toner is a key step in your routine.

As for application, you’ll want to soak a cotton ball with the toner and gently sweep it across your skin after cleansing every morning and before you go to bed at night. This should be your second step so it preps the skin to absorb your moisturizer (third step) and skin treatments (fourth step).