Do all skin types need a toner?

Monday, 20 July 2015

I just wanted to know how important is toning in a skincare routine? Are some skins intolerant to toners? I once used to use a toner and it really didn’t help at all. It may have been too strong for my skin. I completely ceased to use of any and all toners and my skin has been doing great ever since. Recently I reintroduced toner into my skincare routine – a different brand and a different consistency (more milky and creamy). I use it twice a week (when I exfoliate my skin and use my argan oil clay mask – and end off the process with toner, a healing serum and a night cream). It’s doing a much better job than other toners I used to use. Do all skins need a toner?


Skincare expert Dr Maureen Allem, from Skin & Body Renewal, responds:

“Toning is not a necessity, and in many cases, it’s in fact better not to use a toner, especially if the toner contains a lot of drying alcohols, or if the person using that toner suffers from impaired barrier function. My advice is always to get to learn what works for your skin. Unless that toner is actually performing a specific function, it may not be necessary to use it, (for example in one or two professional ranges, the toner is made up of AHAs, so they are the range’s exfoliation step). So to answer your questions simply, no, not all skins require a toner.”

Got a skincare question? Ask Dr Allem here.

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    I find that most toners dry out my skin, except the Herbalife one which gives me an amazing glow! I do use toners like Nivea to dry out my pimples though. It works wonders for this purpose.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nickay Heyman

    Not sure if I am using the correct toner or not but it usually dry’s my skin out after using one. So for now I am staying away from it.

    4 years ago •

  1. Marnel Van Zyl

    Personally I love a toner because of my very oily skin. But not to worry I do use a moisturizer with my toner…don’t want to dry it out too much.

    4 years ago •

  1. alecia

    I personally do not see any added benefit of using a toner. I sometimes use it to remove any traces of make-up.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ingrid Peters

    I haven’t used a toner in years because of the alcohols in them especially since I was told if you need a toner to get the last bit of gunk off your face you should change your cleanser and pores don’t react so fast so toners will not miraculously close them in an instant. True toners as everything else are changing all the time but as stated in the article why have a toner that is part of the exfoliation step and not just call it an exfoliater?

    4 years ago •

  1. Ashmitha Ramgathi

    Somebody once told me that if you have even a little bit of acne, using a toner on a cotton pad could spread those germs over your face.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I adore my Bobbi Brown toner which I use twice a week.

    4 years ago •

  1. mtsoka

    I have combination skin toner really dries out the dry part of my face

    4 years ago •

  1. Sophia Sheik Adam

    I do not use toner as i have very oily skin and every time i do, i end up having a break out.

    4 years ago •

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