Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Toning Up

A couple of weeks ago I had a facial. I was telling the facialist my beauty regime and she seemed very concerned that I never use toner. I know the basic beauty motto is 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' but I've always found that the toner is a bit of a pointless step and something which I don't need to spend my money on...I'd rather buy more nail varnish!

However, her reaction made me question this. Whenever I have used toner in the past I didn't feel it really did anything. And as I have quite dry skin it always made it quite uncomfortable and tight and in desperate need of more moisturiser than if I had just skipped using it.

My facialist told me I needed it because the cleanser will leave oils on the skin. As someone with dry skin I don't think this is a bad thing. And I don't break out very often so it can't be doing too much harm. But then why is it one of the beauty basics if it doesn't do anything? She definitely made me think.

Doing some research online, most toners claim to get rid of every last bit of grime left on your skin so that you are a blank canvas to put your moisturiser on. Shouldn't a cleanser cleanse your skin enough?! Am I the only one not getting this?? Some of the fancier ones say they minimise the appearance of open pores and improve your skin's appearance but of course the price then increases.

I'm still not sold on this. Maybe I'll regret it when I'm older and my skin isn't as good as those who 'tone' but right now I'm very dubious. She made me think, but she didn't make me change my mind!

Do you tone? What does it do for you? Or are you like me and don't see the point?

Let me know!



  1. I agree that toner seems like a bit of a pointless step, especially if you have dry skin. Make sure you use an alcohol free toner, like the Liz Earle Skin Tonic, to try and stop more drying to your already dry skin. I only use my skin tonic after I've been wearing a lot of makeup, like after a night out or something, just to make sure that I got everything off alright. Even my Clarisonic leaves makeup residue sometimes! If your moisturiser is hydrating enough then why not? :)
    Gill Xx

  2. Thanks for your comment Gill, makes me feel I'm not alone in missing out this 'all-important' step! Will check out Liz Earle too xx