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There is an ongoing debate regarding whether skin toners are necessary for keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy. In truth, a lot of people misunderstand the benefits that toners provide. They're commonly confused with cleansers and similar products that are supposed to remove excess residue from your skin. Today, I'll describe the benefits of using toners, so you'll understand what they offer and whether it’s appropriate for you to include them in your daily skin care routine.

Benefits Of Facial Toners  

First, to clear up any confusion, you should be using a gentle cleanser on your skin to help remove face and eye makeup as well as excess oil. That said, cleansers are often not enough. Because they are rinsed off the skin quite quickly, cleansers aren't as effective at unclogging your skin's pores as toners. They also tend not to be formulated with high concentration of active ingredient. As a result, oily skin can still develop blackheads. A toner can cleanse your skin by removing oil, particles, and other material that would otherwise clog your pores.

Another benefit is that they can help support the skin's natural protective barrier. Some cleansers are harsh and can strip this barrier away. People who have sensitive skin are often susceptible to contaminants and other environmental influences such as pollution. If the protective barrier isn't left intact, tiny particles can accumulate on their skin. Over time, these particles can cause a reaction.

A toner may also help remove dead skin cells before they build up on the surface of the skin. It does this by incorporating exfoliants that clear away the dead skin cells, preventing them from filling and clogging the pores. Finally, after using harsh soaps or facial washes, the skin's ph balance can be disturbed. Facial toners can quickly restore the ph balance.

Selecting The Right Toners  

Not all toners are created equal. Some are gentle on your skin while others can be overly harsh. It's important that you use a toner that doesn't irritate your skin, causing reactions or redness. Also, you'll want to select a formulation that doesn't dry your skin in the process of removing excess oil. The following 3 solutions offer a high level of efficacy:

[Link Removed] - A formulation designed specifically for oily skin, it uses an 8% glycolic acid concentration to remove excess oil and unclog pores while leaving the skin's protective barrier intact.

[Link Removed] - This gentle formulation is a facial cleanser, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one. Rich in humectant glycerin, it lifts away dirt, excess oil and makeup without stripping your skin's natural lipids.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at

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