When it comes to skincare we sometimes tend to forget a very essential step. TONING. Either we forget it or we deliberately skip it thinking it's not important. But that is definitely not the case.
Back in the day toners were known as skin tonics. They are simply tonics for our skin just like we intake tonics for our body. They are essential because they maintain our skin's pH balance. Our skin is an acidic mantle, so it is very important to maintain the perfect balance. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells revealing fresh and new skin. It also shrinks the appearance of pores and also removes impurities.
There are all different kinds of toners available out there. But how are we supposed to know, which one is right for us?? It's quite simple. Look closely at your skin and find out your problems. Be it acne, inflammation, dry skin, dull skin or anything else. Choose exfoliating, soothing, hydrating and brightening toners according to your skin concerns.
In this article I am going to talk about salicylic acid toners which are a must have for oily, acne prone skin types. Salicylic acid is basically a chemical exfoliant. It is oil soluble which means it can penetrate deeper into the pores and break down excess sebum and all the grime to help with acne. It is also anti-inflammatory and it is the only thing that can help in unclogging our pores.
Here is a list of some of the best salicylic toners that every oily, acne prone person needs:
Innisfree bija trouble skin toner
This Korean brand has some of the best skincare products. If you are prone to breakouts and you have tried everything but nothing seems to work, try this. It is made of natural salicylic acid and Jeju torreya. This is specifically designed for troubled skin. The salicylic acid provides excellent exfoliation and the Torreya oil keeps excess oil and sebum under control. Super lightweight and its water-like consistency are what makes this a fan favourite. It has naturally fermented alcohol which soothes inflammation and essential oils to calm the skin. Apply this as a second step after cleansing your face with a mild cleanser. Always do a patch test before applying this and if any extreme symptoms occur be sure to visit a doctor.
Paula's choice skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid
BHA is basically salicylic acid. This is a cult favourite as it gently exfoliates the skin by unclogging pores and removing the dead skin layer. It contains 2% salicylic acid which gently sheds all the piled up dirt and grime on the skin and brings out the fresh younger looking skin. It further replenishes the skin, smoothes out wrinkles and also even out skin tone. It is best to use this after cleansing once or twice a day. A little dryness and irritation are normal but if extra discomfort occurs it is best to see a dermatologist.
The Ordinary 2% Salicylic acid solution
This is yet another well known and trusted brand. This is basically a solution but can be used as or in place of a toner. It contains 2% salicylic acid which gently exfoliates the skin by unclogging the pores and removing all the contested layers. It further reduces the appearance of blemishes and keeps the oil under control. Just a little amount of this is required and can be used once or twice after cleansing. Prolonged and regular use of this solution can result in skin clarity. Should not be used by people with sensitive skin or they should just do a patch test before using this. If severe irritation, redness or blisters occur it is advised to see a dermatologist immediately.
Cosrx AHA BHA clarifying toner
This is another Korean brand which has made it to our list. It is made up of AHA and BHA molecules which are used to exfoliate the skin. This is a daily toner which is super gentle and is used to clear the pores by removing dirt and grime. Since it has both AHA and BHA it is super effective as it works on both the dermis and epidermis of the skin. Gently removes dead skin cells, kills the acne-causing bacteria and also prevents acne from coming back. It is also effective in removing blackheads and whiteheads. It is further loaded with vitamins and mineral water which rejuvenates the skin and provides hydration as well. Should be used daily once or twice after cleansing for best results.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying solution
This is a dedicated toner tested and recommended by the best dermatologists in the world. This acne toner is a blend of salicylic acid and glycol is acid. Both of these acids are very effective in killing the acne-causing bacteria, removing dead skin cells and unclogging the pores. This removes excess dirt and oil from the skin and replenishes the skin by bringing out the fresh and youthful skin underneath. Since it contains glycolic acid it is very effective in smoothening and evening out the skin tone. It also reduces the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads and also treats mild imperfections. Should be used once or twice daily after cleansing for best results.
Missha time revolution clear toner
This is a gentle fragrance-free toner which eliminates impurities and dead skin cells and also hydrates and soothes inflammation. It is a blend of both AHA and BHA which keeps the skin smooth by killing the acne-causing bacteria and preventing it from coming back. It also contains fermented yeast which boosts cell turnover and fades even the nastiest scar marks. It also replenishes and brightens the skin. Its clear water like consistency makes it suitable for sensitive skin as well. It should be used once or twice daily for smooth, even and pimple free skin.
Benton Aloe BHA skin toner
This is another dermatologically tested skin toner. It is packed with the goodness of aloe, snail mucin and salicylic acid. Even though it is an exfoliating toner the aloe and snail mucin calms and soothes the skin and prevents excessive drying. It gently exfoliates the skin by unclogging the pores and removing dead skin cells. It further rejuvenates the skin and even out skin tone. People with sensitive skin can also use this toner as it is made of aloe leaf water instead if purified water. The presence of snail mucin further moisturises and hydrates the skin.
Salicylic acid might make the skin sensitive to sun hence heavy sunblock should be used after using this in order to keep the skin protected. You can use your hands or a cotton pad to effectively apply toners. Toners come as the second step of skincare. It basically makes the future products applied to the skin, absorb better. So if you are also one of them who thought toners are not essential I hope you would think again twice.