What Does Toner Do & How Can It Help Me?
At one point in time, many of us have purchased toner with the intention of integrating it into our daily skincare routine. However, somewhere down the line, the toner got lost in the cluttered bathroom cabinet, pushed behind half-filled bottles of lotion and nail polish, and long forgotten. Although toner is an integral part of maintaining healthy, youthful skin, it is often left behind because many of us are unsure what toner does to benefit our skin. Which begs the question, exactly what does a toner do?
A professional-grade, natural toner can provide several benefits for your skin. Not only does toner have an extensive list of its nourishing qualities, but it also sets other skincare products up for success. Toner is beneficial for all skin types from oily and acne prone to dry and mature. It works to deliver powerful nutrients to your skin and restore balance to your face’s PH level. Toner also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, uneven skin tone and oily skin, while simultaneously prepping skin for moisturizer and serums. How does toner do it all? The key is the natural, yet potent ingredients found in OZ Natural’s Ocean Mineral Tonic Toner. From glycolic acid to Vitamin C, this natural toner has an abundance of rejuvenating elements designed to take your skincare routine to the next level.
The Ingredients That Make Toner Such a Beneficial Product:
When looking at our Ocean Mineral Tonic spray, glycolic acid is listed right on the front of the label. Although the name might sound a little scary, glycolic acid is one of the reasons that toner is so beneficial. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliator, derived from the sugar cane plant. Its exfoliating properties allow the toner to remove any excess makeup, dirt, dead skin cells, or other impurities that might have been missed when using a facial cleanser alone. Glycolic acid also has a small molecular weight, which allows it to penetrate deep into pores, keeping them clean while preventing further clogging. Its penetrating ability also helps to prevent the formation of ingrown hairs. By diving deep into pores and removing any excess residue, glycolic acid helps to prepare the skin for any healing moisturizers and anti-aging serums used after the toner is applied.
Amino acids are another restorative ingredient found in our toner. Amino acids are fundamental to our overall health, as they contribute to muscle, tissue, and skin growth throughout the human body. Since amino acids play such a significant role in our general wellbeing, it comes as no surprise that they are also key to keeping skin happy and healthy. Amino acids keep your skin looking and feeling youthful by delivering creatine, which boosts collagen production. Collagen not only keeps your skin looking youthful and firm, but it also helps protect skin from the effects of environmental pollutants such as the wind and sun. It does this by forming a thin layer of water over your skin, keeping it hydrated while adding a protective layer to the skin’s surface. Amino acids also aid in balancing your skin’s pH level. The skin’s pH level can be upset by many external factors. For example, if you use a cleanser that is too harsh for your skin, it will disrupt the pH balance. Amino acids help counteract this by bringing pH levels more toward the alkaline, keeping skin balanced.
Another holistic, restorative ingredient found in Ocean Mineral Tonic Toner is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid’s superpower is its ability to retain moisture. When skin can retain moisture, it yields a balanced, youthful look. With age, skin begins to lose its natural ability to lock in moisture, so using a toner that delivers an extra boost of hyaluronic acid is an excellent way to keep skin looking and feeling fresh. By restoring hydration to the skin’s surface, it not only helps keep skin feeling lifted and supple, but also provides a lightweight, antioxidant layer to the skin’s surface that can help protect the skin from harsh environmental elements. This hydrating, anti-aging ingredient is one of the primary reasons that toner is such a game-changing product to integrate into your daily routine.
One of the best vitamins that you can apply topically is Vitamin C, so naturally this is another essential element in our toner. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that delivers a variety of anti-aging and replenishing benefits. Vitamin C firms the skin and reduces signs of an uneven skin tone by neutralizing free radicals that cause the skin to age. Free radicals take electrons from the protein strand, breaking down the skin’s collagen. The more collagen the skin loses, the more the wrinkles and fine lines that appear on the skin’s surface. However, Vitamin C is an electron donor, so it can actually replenish the lost electron, assisting in repair of the protein strand and increasing collagen synthesis. Science mumbo-jumbo aside, Vitamin C quite literally works to help repair damaged skin, making a must-have ingredient.
Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM, is an organic sulfur compound found in many beneficial superfoods such as coconut oil, nuts, eggs, raw broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables. Sulfur is essential to the development of amino acids and connective tissue, which makes it a power-packed ingredient in our Ocean Mineral Tonic Toner. MSM is a versatile element to use on dry or aging skin because when applied topically, it works its way deep into the pores, hydrating and smoothing skin. One of the most notable benefits of MSM that makes it so crucial for toner is that it makes the skin more permeable. By making the skin more permeable, this preps the skin for the final phases of your daily skincare practice—applying a moisturizer and rejuvenating serums.
Although OZ Naturals toner is full of natural active ingredients that are extremely beneficial, it’s important to understand that unfortunately, not all toners are created equal. When browsing your local drug store, you will see a multitude of products that advertise “toner for face.” However, before you snag that bottle and throw it in your cart, it is important to note that the OZ Naturals toner is very different from many off-the-shelf products. Although generic toners advertise the same pH-balancing, age-defying results, they often contain harsh chemicals that can do more harm than good. A common ingredient in your average toner is alcohol. It is never a good sign to find alcohol in a skincare product. Alcohol in a bottle of sanitizing kitchen cleaner? Maybe. But not in a product that is for delicate skin. The large amounts of alcohol found in your run-of-the-mill toner can dry out your skin, which leads to another whole set of problems. Drying out your skin can lead to rough, dry patches and flakiness. It can also cause your skin to attempt to compensate for the dryness by producing extra oil, leading to oily, acne-ridden skin. Additionally, these store bought toners are filled with artificial fragrances, which although smell nice at the moment, can irritate and inflame the skin. At OZ Naturals, we always strive to use the most holistic, safe, and active ingredients in all of our products, and we can proudly say that our toner is 99.4% natural.
How to Incorporate Toner into Your Skin Care Routine:
Now that we have demystified the question, “what does toner do for your face?” we'll take a look at the proper way to integrate this versatile product into your daily skincare routine. The first step to any skincare regimen is to cleanse and exfoliate. OZ Naturals carries a Vitamin C facial cleanser, an Ocean Mineral facial cleanser, and an Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant. Toner comes into play after cleansing because its light molecular weight allows it to dive deeper into pores to clean out any dirt, makeup, or oil that the cleanser may have missed. It also helps to restore your skin’s pH level if it is unbalanced after cleansing. This step is crucial because when your skin’s pH level is not balanced, it can try to solve the problem on its own by either producing too much oil or dry out from not producing enough. Once the toner has been sprayed on the neck and face, your skin is fully prepped for the final phases of your skincare regimen, which is applying moisturizer and serums. These final stages are crucial, so it’s important to use a toner that optimizes the moisturizer and serums’ abilities to rejuvenate your skin.
Toner can also be used as a pick-me-up throughout the day. Over the course of your daily routine, you are exposed to environmental irritants that can cause the skin to become oily and irritated. However, you might not always have time to go home and wash your face. And reapplying makeup over oily skin will only increase the problem in the long run. Since we are often on the go and do not have time to drop everything to redo our cleansing routine, toner can lend a helping hand. When your skin is feeling oily, lightly mist your face and neck with toner and allow it to set. The toner’s natural ingredients and penetrating abilities will manage to work their way into your pores and provide you with a fresh face for the remainder of the day. Even with this additional application, OZ Naturals’ Ocean Mineral Tonic Toner is gentle enough to use in the morning, during the day, and at night.
With so many beneficial, natural ingredients such as glycolic acid, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, MSM, ocean minerals, and plant extracts, there is no reason not to integrate toner into your daily routine. Toner not only cleanses pores and acts as a healing solvent, it also restores skin’s pH balance, and prepares the skin for moisturizing and serum application by removing toxins and making the skin permeable. Best of all, OZ Naturals toner comes as a spray and can easily be taken with you throughout the day for a quick, revitalizing refresher.
Now that we have cracked the code on toner, it is time to clean out that cluttered bathroom cabinet and integrate natural products that will give your skin the proper treatment that it needs to be its best. Although toner may have been put on the back burner in the past, it is time to move it to the forefront. Toner is truly the middleman between exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing, and applying serums. By skimping out on toner and its rejuvenating properties, the other products may not be able to work as efficiently. It is imperative to use a natural toner without alcohol and added fragrances so that you don’t end up doing more harm than good. Tap into nature’s nourishment with OZ Naturals’ Ocean Mineral Tonic toner and optimize your skin’s appearance and health.