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Skin Toners…Worthy or Waste?

{by} Sasha | Crows' Feet, Cupcakes, and Cellulite

So, we gals are all slaves to a skin care regimen of some sort and 99% of us aren’t looking to add more steps to it. Recently, I decided to reevaluate my skin routine and had a friend recommend a skin toner. Hmmm. At this point, I’m vaguely familiar with toner and have never used it religiously. I had heard it “evens out” skin tone and can even help “tighten pores.” My first thoughts: Argh…should I be using toner in conjunction with my other skin care products? Great, one more step to add to my list (insert eye roll here). So, I decided to set out on a mission to determine if toner is a worthy skin product…or a waste of time…

What Is Toner…Toning, Exactly?

There must be hundreds of toners on the market. In fact, just about every major skin care brand sells one. But…what is toner, exactly? Think of it as a skin rebalancer…resetting your skin’s pH levels. Since I failed science, I decided to go to a knowledgeable source (my Dermatologist) and get the scoop. In short, she wouldn’t recommend a toner to anyone unless they have super oily, acne-prone skin (which can then help fight off bacteria as most toners contain alcohol). And as far as making pores smaller, she says “baloney.” If it’s smaller pores you’re after, she suggested a professional chemical peel.

So, are toners worthy or a waste? I’ll let you decide. As for me…I’m overjoyed to not add yet another step to my daily skin care regimen…

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