We all know that toners are great for use post-cleansing as they help close up the pores on your skin as well as get rid of any residual dust, pollution, oils or impurities that were left behind after washing your face. Some toners are also great for oily skin types to balance out your skin and better control the oiliness, or even to simply calm acne-prone and easily inflamed skin.
Today, we’re talking about toners that go a step further ⎯ exfoliating toners. These products have additional acids in the toner that sweep away unwanted dead skin cells and dirt. Before we jump into the list of reasons exfoliating toners are so wonderful, here are a few things to know about acids. The more common AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid are suitable for most skin types, but BHAs such as salicylic acid are better suited to oily or sensitive skin.
If you’re unfamiliar with AHA or BHA products, it’s always best to start small, and do a patch test on your arm before using it on your face. Also, try using it a couple of times a week first and gradually increasing your usage in case it aggravates your skin.
#1 They give you smooth and radiant skin
These exfoliating toners contain gentle acids that help get rid of dead skin cells that settle in fine lines or clog pores, which improves rough skin texture and dullness. This means your skin is left looking as soft and glowy as possible! The deeper exfoliation also preps your skin so that your skincare is better absorbed.
#2 You can use them to prep your lips
If you’re not keen on scrubbing at your lips on the regular but need to get rid of dead skin on your dry lips, try putting some exfoliating toner on a cotton pad and gently buffing your lips. It should make your lip balms and serums sink in and work better, and also make it a lot easier to pull off a drying matte or liquid lipstick.
#3 They can also help with pimples
Look out for exfoliating toners that contain salicylic acid in particular, which is especially good for tackling blemishes. The salicylic acid works to unclog your pores, and actually reduces inflammation in the skin, which means it works to calm your skin unlike many other acids out there.
Text: Alyssa Dhaliwal, Her World Plus / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha