Toners – they used to be the second step to cleansing. I remember when I first started being interested in skincare and makeup, makeup cleansers had a cream consistency which I use with some cotton wool; I had to follow it up with an astringent toner to remove the remaining residue. Nowadays, cleansers are so different – with the no-need-to-rinse-off micellar waters, cleansers are doing such a good job that toners have had to evolve too. And evolve they have.
This week I wanted to show a little peek of the exfoliating toners I’m currently using. These toners do more than just simply cleansing or freshening – they help to exfoliate the skin too! There are many more types of toners – anti-spot, moisturising, clarifying, soothing, but today’s post is all about the exfoliating toners. I love them at specific times – before and after my monthly periods when my skin feels more congested; they help to keep breakouts at bay. I still get pimples but not as bad as when I’m not using them.
First up is the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. This is great but a little milder than the next, but the positive side is also that it is a lot less drying. Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid is the one I reach for when I need a serious boost in my skin condition – my skin looks really great if I’m consistent with using this for about a week, but I can’t use it everyday long term as it makes my already dry skin even drier. The Pixi Glow Tonic with Aloe Vera & Ginseng is something that I picked up after reading the wildly popular skincare blogger/youtuber Caroline Hirons recommend, but sadly this did absolutely nothing for me.
What exfoliating toners do you use?