I try my absolute best to abide by a consistent and beneficial skin care routine. Because I have acne, I sometimes struggle to identify what components of my routine are effective, and consequently, which are not.
Over time, I have come to understand that an effective skin care routine for me, personally, includes a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, and a serum or treatment of some sort. Currently, I am using the Marcelle cleanser for sensitive skin, the Vichy Normaderm toner, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, and the Neostrata Glycolic Serum.
I tend to sub new products in and out of my routine if I am finding that what I am using is not necessarily benefitting my skin, but I ensure that my routine always includes a toner.
What’s a toner, you ask?
It’s essentially a liquid intended to be applied to the face, usually with a cotton pad, that aids in thoroughly cleaning the skin after washing it. Toners can offer various properties, depending on your skin type, so I try and use ones that attempt to soothe or calm redness and acne. Some people swear by toners, others do not, but I find them to be an absolute staple for my skin.
I never used to use a toner, but since changing that, I find that toners are a great way to make 100% sure that your skin is completely clean after washing it. Depending on the type of makeup you’re using, it can be difficult to ensure all of it is washed from the skin. I often find that a toner will remove whatever makeup from my skin that my cleanser did not remove, and makeup that sits on the skin for an extended period of time can clog pores and cause breakouts.
If you have yet to invest in a toner, I encourage you to do some research and find one that works best for your skin. They really can be game changers.
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