Skin Toning: Why is it Important?

Skin toning is an integral part of the skin care and cleaning process. This is the step after cleansing the face and before applying any moisturizer to it. Toning is important for a variety of reasons.

First of all, it allows the skin to be clean and the pores open. Toning also helps in removing any dirt or dust particles that might remain in the face. It makes the skin ready to be hydrated after cleansing.

Use of natural toners does not affect your skin in any adverse manner. Toning involves the skin contact at a very close proximity and therefore the use of natural toners is always advised, lest any residual artificial toners remain.

You can use cucumber and yogurt as the combination for normal or dry skin. The other natural toner can be a mixture of egg and honey along with a little lemon juice. This is best suited for oily skin.

Here are some effective tips for the application of toner and the right way to do it: Ensure that your face is clean before you begin the process. Take some cotton wool and dip it in the toning lotion. It could be a ready made lotion or a newly created one.

For application, do not wipe it on the face, but instead pat it on the face and the neck.  Do it slowly to allow the toner to be pressed against the skin. Apply astringent on areas that are oily in comparison with the other regions of the face. Apply it on the nose, chin and the forehead. These areas are invariably oilier in case of both oily and dry bodies.

The same methodology is applied for the combination skin type. Toner with higher astringent content should be applied in areas that are oilier and the toner made for the dry skin should be applied only in the dry areas.

There is a homemade toner that is best suited for dry skin which requires 3 tablespoons of rose water, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and one table spoon of glycerin. Alternatively, for sensitive skin, you can mash strawberries and apply the pulp for 5 minutes and then wash it off.