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Why You Need a Facial Toner

It’s obvious what other skin care products do for you. Cleansers clean, moisturizers moisturize and sunscreens screen the sun. But what do toners do??? They don’t really ‘tone’ anything, and your skin can survive without them. However, a well-chosen toner does so much to balance your skin’s oil content that it should be a part of your regular beauty regimen.

Most toners are designed to follow your cleansing regimen and precede your moisturizer or sunscreen. They’re typically fluid enough to apply with a cotton ball, but some toners skip the cotton and come in a spray pump. Their original intent was to remove residue that washing left on your face; old-fashioned cosmetics were tenacious, while bar soaps often left a film. While you shouldn’t need a toner to cleanse your skin — if you’re seeing excess makeup on your cotton ball, you may want to switch facial cleansers — the right toner adjusts the amount of oil on your skin’s surface.

Perennially oily skin loves mildly astringent, drying toners. A quick swipe of a toner-soaked cotton ball leaves skin feeling clean and looking de-greased. Removing excess oil helps your makeup stay in place and limits shine. Choose the mildest toner that’s still effective for cutting the oil. A too-strong toner will simply strip your skin and parch it. Trading oily skin for flayed, flaky skin is no bargain.

Dry skin takes an entirely different kind of toner. Instead of choosing something with alcohol, witch hazel or other drying agents, pick something with a moisturizing component. Glycerin-based toners draw moisture from the surrounding atmosphere to your skin, hydrating it. These toners may also help your makeup glide on more evenly.

One important note about toners: they do not affect pores. They don’t shrink, minimize, clean or otherwise change them. Pore size is genetic, and a few drops of liquid on a cotton ball can no more shrink pores than it can make you an inch taller. Toner is a wonderful addition to your facial skin care regimen, but it isn’t magic. Use toner for the right reasons, not the one manufacturers hype.

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Natural Facial Cleaners You Can Make at Home

Getting and maintaining flawless skin is a concern for many people. However, using store-bought facial cleansers is not always good for the skin. Store-bought facial cleansers can be too strong for sensitive skin, while other cleansers may have no effect at all on certain types of skin.

Natural facial cleansers offer individuals the chance to get the flawless skin they want without the risks associated with store-bought cleansers. Below are four types of natural facial cleansers that are affordable and great for the skin.

1. Castor oil and sunflower seed oil. Castor oil is great for the face because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Sunflower seed oil gets down into the pores of the face and draws out dirt. Individuals can use both of these oils together to create an all-natural facial cleanser.

2. Lavender oil, sandalwood oil, and sweet almond oil. Combining 0.25 cup of sweet almond oil with 9 drops of sandalwood and lavender oil creates a nice and natural facial cleanser. The sweet almond oil acts as carrier oil for the lavender and sandalwood. Individuals who use this cleanser simply dab it on the face and wash it off with cool water.

3. Aloe Vera cleanser. Aloe Vera is great for soothing the skin. A combination of 0.25 cup of Aloe Vera gel with 2 tablespoons of whole milk makes a perfect all-natural facial cleanser. This mixture can be rubbed on the face and gently washed off with cool water. This mixture must be stored in the refrigerator.

4. Sugar cleanser helps deeply exfoliate the skin while still being gentle. Combining a teaspoon of white or brown sugar with a teaspoon of liquid castile soap creates a gentle facial cleanser. This mixture can be gently rubbed on the face and washed off with cool water.

People who suffer from mild, moderate skin conditions can benefit greatly from trying all-natural cleansers. All natural cleansers are often more gentle on the skin, and very easy to make at home.

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