Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What is toner? (make-up)?

Everyone says that it is so good for your face but what is it?What is toner? (make-up)?
I have worked in cosmetics in the past ...

and this article gives a great break down about the use of / choosing of / etc ... read on:…

If you don’t use a toner, it’s probably because you don’t know what one is or what it does - essentially you don’t know why you are shelling out $5-$15 for one. Well, wonder no more.

What are Toners?

These clear liquids, collectively called “toners,” (a term created by the beauty industry) also go by many other names: clarifying lotions, toning lotions, refiners, tonics, balancers, astringents, skin purifiers or cleansing waters. Toners are consistently encouraged as the middle step in a basic three-step skin-care system, smack dab between cleansing and moisturizing. Many people, however, are unclear as to what exactly a toner does.

What Toners don’t do.

Before we get into what toners actually do, it’s helpful to dispel some misconceptions and talk about what a toner doesn’t do. Despite the name, a toner does not tone anything. Meaning, it doesn’t tighten or firm the skin. Some may reduce the size of pores, but only for a few minutes. They also do not deep clean pores or reduce the production of oil. You may have heard that toners balance the skin’s pH level. Well, sort of. Most traditional soaps, which are alkaline, tend to increase your pH which can lead to dryness and irritation. What a toner really does is just restore your skin to its normal pH. Despite the fallacies about toners, there are great benefits to be gained by using a toner.

What are the Benefits of Using a Toner?

All skin-types can benefit from using toners. Well formulated toners help to reduce inflammation of the skin, add water-binding agents and natural moisturizing ingredients to the skin, as well as help remove those last traces of make-up and add some lightweight moisturizing ingredients to the skin. They can also provide some antioxidant and anti-irritant protection.

Choosing a Toner.

First, identify what type of skin you have; then look for one specifically formulated for your skin-type. It’s important, then, to find a toner that is as free of irritants as possible. Irritants to avoid are acetone, citrus, camphor, mint, peppermint, menthol, volatile plant extracts, fragrance, and witch hazel. Also steer clear of toners that list the following as ingredients: SD alcohol (will be followed by a number), ethanol and isopropyl alcohol.

How do you Use a Toner?

As previously mentioned, toners should be used after you cleanse your face, but before you moisturize. To apply, add a generous amount to a cotton ball and gently stroke over your face and neck. A well formulated toner should sooth the skin - if it burns, look for a new one immediately.What is toner? (make-up)?
its something that tones your face and makes it have a healthy glow.
It is a liquid that you put on a cottonball and rub all over your face. It takes all of the nastiness out of your pores. and cleans them and makes them smaller. Certain brands make your skin soo smooth. I reccomend clinique.
I suggest you look up Paula Begoun's website, cosmetics cop. She has great advice on whether you need a toner, and which ones are best for your skin type. She also sells products on the site. I've tried several and they are great, but her non-biased reviews help you select products made by her competitors, which I have also done.
it controls most oil and shine on your face.

you should always cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day for a healthy glow
Toner (skin care)

In cosmetics, toner refers to a lotion designed to cleanse the skin and shrink pores, usually used on the face. Some people dispute whether toner is actually necessary, and prefer to use plain water instead. Toners can be applied to the skin in different ways:

On damp cotton wool. (most frequently used method)

Spraying onto the face using a vaporizer

By applying a tonic gauze facial mask - a piece of gauze is covered with toner and left on the face for a few minutes.

After toning, blot the face almost dry with a tissue and apply moisturizer.
Toner refines complexion and soaks up excess oil with moisture-balancing conditioners.
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