Toners are one of the most neglected, yet most critical steps in any skincare routine. Often times there are misconceptions that people with dry skin cannot and should not use a toner because it will further dry their skin. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The first step to fighting this misconception is to address what exactly a toner really is.

A toner is a product that is applied post cleanser in order to balance the skin’s pH and remove any remaining debris. The skin’s optimal pH is slightly acidic, around a pH of 5.5. Many cleansers are more alkaline pH ranging from 8-11. The acidity of the skin is what acts as a first line of defense against harmful bacteria and keeps your skin healthy and glowing.

Many cleansers are designed with an alkaline pH range to combat excess acidity, which can be brought about in oily skin types because the built up sebum lowers the skin’s pH making it more acidic. Using a toner will balance the pH back to it’s optimal pH range and help your skin fight inflammation from an overly alkaline pH, and help ward of bacteria with a slightly acidic pH.

But not all toners are once size fits all. If you have dry skin, make sure to stay away from any harsh astringents and avoid any alcohol based toners. A good option is the Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Toner. It is gentle and hydrating. Oily skin types require a more heavy-duty toner. Aromatica Tea Tree Toner is a hydrating formula due to the aloe vera extract, and it combats excess oil with tea tree extract. For combination skin types, Aromatic Lavender Relaxing Toner, is a wonderful pick. It’s gentle, hydrating, removes debris, and has a lovely soothing scent.

Incorporating a toner is very simple. After cleansing, saturate a cotton round, or just splash some onto your finger tips and apply all over the face. An added benefit of toners is that it will remove any left behind dirt, and will help the following products such as essences, serums and creams penetrate the skin better.

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