Misunderstood, avoided and even called “unnecessary” by some, we wouldn’t be surprised if you thought toners served little purpose. To help you “be the expert” of your skin care regimen, they spoke to Esthetics Trainer and Dr. Hauschka Certified Esthetician Jaime to clear up a few misconceptions about our Toners.
Question: Most toners make my skin tight, dry and uncomfortable. Why would I want that?
Jaime: I hear what you’re saying. The important aspect of Dr. Hauschka Toners is that they fortify the skin. In our line, we have the Facial Toner and the Clarifying Toner. They both start with the same recipe: anthyllis, which is very balancing to the skin, and witch hazel, which is very rich with tannins.
Q: Why should I care about tannins?
Jaime: Tannins have that very fortifying, toning effect on the skin. In addition the Toners are hydrating, so they are going to offer that balance of oil and moisture to the skin.
Q: Why do I need moisture from a toner? Don’t I get that from a moisturizer?
Jaime: Well, it’s an additional step that’s going to help your moisturizer be more effective. If you think of your skin like a sponge, for example, a dry sponge is going to be able to absorb less than a damp sponge. When your skin is damp with the toner, the moisturizer is going to adhere better and absorb into the skin better and be more effective.
Years ago, a trainer told me that the toner is like taking a drink before the food of the moisturizer—it’s the benefit of hydration before the nourishment of the moisturizer.
Q: Then how do our Toners improve the look and feel of your skin?
Jaime: The skin looks plumper and firmer. The Toner’s tannins and the water element add tone, plumpness and hydration. They offer an additional physical support of the skin.
Test yourself—try the difference between applying your moisturizer on a dry skin and applying your moisturizer on a skin that’s been sprayed and gently pressed with one of our toners. The same is true for our serums, Toners are the step that helps them absorb better and perform better.
Q: It varies from brand to brand, but a lot of other toners make your skin feel very tight and dry—and that has to do with a lot of them contain alcohol. I see that our Toners also contain alcohol. How is or isn’t that a concern?
Jaime: In our Toners, the alcohol is not in a high enough concentration to be drying to the skin. It’s actually part of the extracting medium—it’s an aqueous extraction, so it’s part alcohol and part water that extracts these beautiful plant extracts—that’s why we have alcohol in our products.
And alcohol—the right kind of alcohol (ours is a food grade alcohol, not synthetic) and alcohol in the right proportion—is a carrier to the skin, so it’s carrying these beneficial botanicals and herbs to the skin.
Q: We say that the Toners balance the skin. What does that mean?
Jaime: Toners have been seen as a pH balancer for the skin, so if you have a cleanser that is changing the pH of the skin, the Toners are then used to balance the pH.
Q: Is that how our Toners work?
Jaime: Because Dr. Hauschka’s cleansers don’t change the pH of the skin, the Toner doesn’t have to be a pH adjuster. The objective of our Toners are the additional benefits they bring to the skin. One of these benefits is balancing the skin in whatever way the skin is out of balance—helping to bring the skin to a state of health. For example, the Clarifying Toner with the daisy and nasturtium helps to balance the oil and water in the skin. So the toner is not focused on drying out the skin, but helping the skin come to a state of equilibrium, a state of health and balance. Similarly with the Facial Toner, the recipe with the anthyllis gives the skin a picture of balance to help it come to a normal state. Both will also help you see refinement of pore size, as well.
Q: So if I was going to choose, I’d choose based on the condition of my skin.
Jaime: Yes, the Facial Toner has the recipe with the anthyllis and witch hazel. It’s great for normal, great for dry, great for sensitive skin conditions to help bring those into balance.
The Clarifying Toner has that same recipe but then has additional beautiful plant extracts that are addressing the different needs of oily, unbalanced skin that is prone to blemishes, congestion and blackheads.
Q: Lastly, how do you feel about your Toner?
Jaime: I see it as an effective, beneficial and necessary part of my daily skin care ritual. I love my toner and use it liberally!