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By Ugochi Obiajunwa

A facial toner is a water-based liquid with active ingredients which not only removes traces of makeup, oil, and dirt but also repairs, soothes and smooths the skin’s surface. It is usually applied after cleansing the skin, and it comes with a couple of benefits for your skincare routine. Skincare experts advice that one should imbibe the habit using a toner every morning and evening immediately after cleansing and to make sure you get the right toner for your skin type. A facial toner is the one skincare product that hardly disappoints as long as you pick the right one for your skin type:

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Restores the skin’s PH balance

The skin is naturally acidic and sometimes after cleansing, there can be an imbalance of the PH. In case this happens, then your skin works overtime to return to normal and the result is an over-production of oil. A toner helps in restoring the balance quickly by preventing the skin from becoming too dry or too oily.

Acne reduction

Facial toners are known for removing excess oils which clog up the pores and cause blackheads in addition to acne. By using it after cleansing, you’ll be getting rid of the oil build-up, dirt and dead skin cells, which can prevent future acne breakout.

Tightens pores

Toners not only clean but they tighten the skin pores which also makes the skin smoother and creates a barrier making it harder for dirt to penetrate.

Hydrates the skin

Some weather elements are good at drying out your skin. But you don’t have to worry about that anymore because a quick pat of toner on a cotton pad will both clean and add a dash of moisture to your skin.

Cleans up left over makeup

Cleansers are known to leave some unseen traces of makeup (eyeliner anyone?) behind and that is where toners come in. They were originally made as an extra cleansing step in your skincare routine to remove impurities and dirt. Using a toner ensures that your complexion is intact and super clean in addition to letting your skin breath and renew.

It moisturises

Some toners are humectant, which means they help to bind moisture to the skin.

It refreshes your skin

Toner can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when it’s oily or dirty. It will leave your skin revitalized even when you’re on the go.

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