ahhhhh facial toner.... what does it do anyways... and do you really need it? To be honest, i probably have 3 or 4 bottles of toner lying around my house. Do I use any of them? No. OK, well maybe that's a small lie. Rarely, very rarely would be more accurate. Like, once ever 2 months, when I've been having one of those "lying on the biker bar floor" kind of days, and my skin is in need of life support.
Personally, and this is just my opinion, but I don't think its a must use like some other products. IE; cleanser or moisturizer. But that's not to say that it can significantly improve ones skin.
The purpose of a toner is to remove residue but it’s main function is to hydrate the skin, decongest it, and prepare it for future treatments. These are primarily water based and not acidic. It restores your skin to its natural pH ( normal is 4.6-6.5) what does that mean to you? If your skin is oily or Dry it is below of above a normal pH level.
An astringent on the other hand is harsher on your skin. They contain alcohol and can leave your skin feeling dry. Although, some experts swear that they tighten and firm the skin, and can even reduce wrinkles.
You can purchase toner almost anywhere. I am sure there are some fairly expensive ones out there, but if you are interested it giving one a shot i would recommend heading to your local drugstore and picking up a bottle of nivea. It comes in a blue bottle and costs about $7 CND. If you decide you like what it does for your skin, try kiehl's. There is one on Robson street, just past Burrard. They carry some fantastic skin care products.
Tomorrow I'm going to be filling you in on a pore minimizer that actually works!! Stay tuned.