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Do You Actually Need A Toner?

Do You Actually Need A Toner?


You’ve heard about them. You’ve probably seen your friends or mom using them. You may even own one or two bottles of toner yourself. But you still might be unclear about their role in skincare.

So what are toners? What do they do? And do we really need them?

To answer those questions, let’s start by talking about the history of toners.

Back in the olden days, cleansers used to be really harsh on the skin. In fact, they were soap-based and extremely alkaline. Since your skin is slightly acidic—5.5 on the pH scale—this would disrupt the pH balance of your skin. After cleansing, these products would leave a ‘film’ on your skin. As a result, astringent toners were invented to remove this excess residue and rebalance the skin’s pH back to its normal level. 

The skincare industry has come a long way since then. Cleansers these days aren’t as harsh and the original purpose of toners is obsolete.

A blue-coloured mist of a 2-in-1 toner and a hydrating face mist against a white background

Nowadays, toners are designed differently.

They are water-based formulas—infused with helpful ingredients that are beneficial to your skin. In essence, there are 2 main types of toners:

Hydrating toners: True to the name, the main purpose of hydrating toners is to provide your skin with extra hydration. They include humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid to draw water into your skin. This is really beneficial if your skin is super dry and can use that extra boost of hydration.

Active-infused toners: As the name suggests, these toners are formulated with actives like AHA/BHA exfoliating acids, niacinamide or vitamin C. They’re really beneficial if you want some extra active ingredients in your skincare routine, without having to add a super strong serum. 

Now that you know what toners are and what they do, it’s time to answer the big question.

Do you actually need a toner?

While toners may provide extra benefits to your skin, they’re not necessary.

However, depending on what you’re looking to achieve with your skin, toner can be a great addition to your skincare regimen. Having the right toner that complements the other products in your routine can make a world of difference.

A blue-coloured 2-in-1 toner and hydrating face mist in a PCR plastic bottle

So, when and how should you use a toner?

As a rule of thumb, you should apply your toner after cleansing while your skin is still slightly damp. When your skin is dry, active ingredients aren’t able to penetrate your skin as well. The stratum corneum (aka: the outermost layer of your skin) can’t alter its structure and increase permeability when it’s dry. 

You can apply your toner by patting it onto your face (with clean hands) or swiping it on with a reusable cotton pad. After you’ve applied your toner, you can go in with your serums and creams.

Our Face Food Mineral Mist acts as a hydrating and calming toner. Formulated with white tea and a mineral complex of zinc, magnesium, copper and malachite, it forms a weightless protective shield against environmental stressors. Not to mention, it also doubles as a mist so you can use it throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.

And that’s it! I wish you good skin days, every day. ❤️


Skincare doesn’t always need to be an elaborate process. Click here for a minimalist skincare routine that will inspire you to create your own.