Skip toner for good? – The New Indian Express

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HYDERABAD: Cleansing, toning and moisturizing — these three steps have been the holy grail of skincare regimens for decades. While cleansing and moisturizing are essential, toners have always been a bit of a mystery. Are they necessary? Are they superfluous? “Very few people religiously follow many skin care steps. A person who uses moisturizers and night creams no longer needs toner to get hydrated and glowing skin. Therefore, if you want to simplify your skin care, skip the toner,” says Dr. Lakshmi Sharada Bonthu, dermatologist at Dr. Sharada’s Skin Care Clinic in FilmNagar.

Toners are a clear or slightly tinted liquid designed to remove makeup, dirt, and oil after cleansing. They are designed to rebalance the skin after a wash and prepare the skin for all the skincare that comes after. But, as Dr. Lakshmi Sharada points out, “If someone has normal skin and doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, and also doesn’t have time to use that much product, I won’t suggest a toner.” Toners fall into two main categories: astringent toners and balancing toners. Astringent toners are designed for more oily, combination, or acne-prone skin.

They are formulated with exfoliating acids such as AHAs and BHAs. Balanced toners, on the other hand, are formulated to be gentle, balance the skin’s pH, hydrate and refresh the skin. “Toners today can have moisturizing properties that help to bind moisture to the surface of the skin and retain water so that the skin does not dry out quickly. There are toners with a mild amount of glycolic acid, which help to get clear and glowing skin. In addition, there are different types of toners on the market,” she tells CE. “But as a skincare step, if a person has normal skin and doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, and also doesn’t have time to use that much product, I won’t suggest a toner.”

“When it comes to just restoring the pH balance of the skin, nowadays we can easily get pH balanced cleansers and facial cleansers so you can get the same results with one less product in your skincare regimen,” says Dr. Lakshmi Sharada. “However, they can help remove excess residue from cleansing, gently exfoliate and restore or act as an anti-inflammatory, depending on skin type and the ingredients they contain. The key here is knowing which ingredients to look for and which you should avoid and to find a toner that best suits your skin type.

IS IT TIME TO SKIP THE TONER?
It all comes down to your skin type and the ingredients in the toner. If you have normal skin and don’t wear a lot of makeup, you may not need toner. But if you’re looking for a product to gently exfoliate, repair, or act as an anti-inflammatory, a toner might be the right choice for you. Be sure to read the labels and find one formulated for your skin type.

Skip toner for good? – The New Indian Express

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