I always use a facial toner before I moisturise my face. I'm so used to it, that I feel my skincare regime is incomplete if I don't. I use a toner to remove the last traces of oil, dirt or make up that may be left on my skin after I've used a cleanser and I like the fresh feeling they give my skin too.
These are the three toners I currently have on rotation at the moment:
1. Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner - £3.99 (150ml)
I've used this before and was pleased with its performance, so this is a repurchase which I think is worth a mention. This contains organic damask rosewater and naturally cleanses without drying out the skin. The benefits of rosewater are well documented and its antibacterial properties are said to help prevent pimples, wrinkles and soothe stressed skin. I like the subtle rose scent as it provides a relaxing and calming effect. I'm not so keen on the packaging, I accidentally knocked it over yesterday and spilt it flippin' everywhere!! My bottle went from half full, to just over a quarter left ..not amused.
2. Weleda Wild Rose Facial Toner £8.95 - (100ml)
This contains extract of organic Wild Rose leaves and has the strongest scent of the three products featured in this post. The rose scent may be a little overpowering for some, but personally I love it. I think it smells like a fresh rose and I find myself inhaling it in as I sweep the cotton pad(s) over my face. It really leaves my skin feeling soft and revived. The glass bottle has a plastic stopper to avoid spillage or waste which is a thoughtful component too. I started using this back in January. My bottle has almost run out but I now use this once or twice a week in the evenings now to stretch out what's left.
3. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic - £11.50 (200ml)
This bottle of goodness contains vitamin e, calendula and aloe vera, which all have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It also has rose-scented (are you noticing the theme here?) geranium in it, but overall I pick up a floral scent when using this, which isn't really that noticeable - for me anyway. I'm loving the swivel screw on/off top which allows you to control how much you dispense and this makes my skin feel cool and hydrated without stripping it of its natural oils. This actually has the consistency of water, so it's very light on the skin and dries quickly The large bottle will last a good while too, even if you're using it twice a day.
I should probably also give a mention to The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, which I've praised before in an earlier post. I'm on my third bottle now and this is still working fantastically well for my combination/sensitive skin.
Using a toner isn't the be all and end of of a skincare regime. It's argued that a good cleanser should be able to remove all traces of make up without you having to resort to using an additional product on top. I like to incorporate a toner in my skincare regime as this is what works for me.
Do you use a toner as part of your skincare routine?