There was a bit of hoo-ha over toner a few months ago. The Daily Mail wrote an article here, discussing the pros and cons, but mainly some of the cons of toner. It was interesting because they rightly claim that some toners can be harsh on skin when they are heavy on the alcohol. I can’t use the Clinique Clarifying Lotion because it actually stings the face off me but my sister has no problems with it.
So I suppose toner is like most beauty products, it all depends on finding the right product for your skin concerns. I’m not an expert but I do believe that toner has a benefit in any beauty routine for A. removing any last traces of cleanser or eye make up remover (the oiliness of this won’t help your eye cream) before moisturiser and B either claryifying oily skin or soothing sensitive skin after cleansing.
My toner of choice is Liz Earle Instant Skin Boost Tonic. This is an extremely gentle toner which suits my sensitive skin. It contains some lovely natural ingredients including Cucumber Extract, Geranium Essential Oil, and Aloe Vera with no alcohol. I use it after cleansing or a quick sweep with cotton wool to wake me up in the morning. It’s lovely and soothing, reduces my redness and adds a bit of moisture. I get through one of these nearly every two months.
You can order Liz Earle online or buy in the only Irish stockist I’m aware of Wilde and Green in Milltown. I can’t believe nowhere else stocks this fab brand! The toner is €16, worth every penny in my opinion.