Shop with us!!! We sell the most advanced skin care anti-aging cosmetics on the market: cellex-c, phytomer, sothys, dermalogica, md formulations, decleor, valmont, kinerase, yonka, jane iredale, thalgo, yon-ka, ahava, bioelements, jan marini, peter thomas roth, murad, ddf, orlane, glominerals, StriVectin SD.
 
 back to skin care discussion board front page with forums indexEDS Skin Care Forums Search the ForumSearch Most popular all-time Forum TopicsHot! Library
 Guidelines  FAQ  Register
Free gifts for Forum MembersForum Gifts Free Gifts offers at Essential Day SpaFree Gifts Offers  Log in



Payot Design Ultra Lift Remodelling Lifting Serum (30 ml / 1 floz) Being True Graceful Collection (7 items) Thalgo Source Marine 24H Hydration Skincare Set in Gold (4 items)
what is the purpose of toner???

EDS Skin Care Forums Forum Index » Skin Care and Makeup Forum
Reply to topic
Author Message
ebbyboob
New Member

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 07 Feb 2005
Posts: 9
Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:30 pm      Reply with quote
Hi all,

This is my very first post to this forum (though it's not my first time visiting and reading the posts). This is an amazing site- please maintain it!!! Well, I just wanted to know- what is toner used for? What is it supposed to do? I see several people on here mentioning this toner and that toner, but what do you even need toner for? Also, does anyone have any recommendations for a good toner to use (after it's been proven that I should use one at all Wink )?
Lucia
VIP Member
20% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 07 Feb 2005
Posts: 1004
Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:25 pm      Reply with quote
Hi! This is only my second post so hello!
I trained as a Beauty Therapist and was led to believe that a toner had the following uses:

Removes last traces of cleanser.
Temporarily closes pores
Prepares skin for moisturiser.

Although obviously some have other ingredients that have other effects (eg - glycolic acid to exfoliate or ingredients with soothing properties etc).
To be honest unless you buy a toner with a specific benefit rather than a plain old toner then you may as well splash with cold water - has the same effect IMHO.
Hope that helps! Smile
Pudoodles
VIP Member
20% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 12 Jan 2005
Posts: 1657
Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:49 pm      Reply with quote
I hate spending money on toners...I can always think of something else I'd rather buy in terms of treatment, you know what I mean?! Laughing ...I will say though, that the Cellex Betaplex mist is glorious, and I always have Orlane's Claircilane toner in the cupboard...it's the only one that I love to use every day - and while it doesn't make me feel stripped, it doesn't feel like I've splashed my face with water either...it's my fave everyday toner!
Pudoodles Very Happy
steph2039
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 12 Oct 2004
Posts: 89
Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:08 pm      Reply with quote
HI,

I may be completely wrong, but I thought the purpose of toner was to set the correct ph of your skin after cleansing.

Stephanie
Yazzy
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 69
Mon Feb 07, 2005 5:09 pm      Reply with quote
I think it gets rid of some of the residual crap left on the skin.

I thought toning was a waste of time, but I do notice the difference in my skin when I tone regularly. Decleor have some really nice toners. They're not too harsh at all and smell nice too. Also, I love to tone my neck aswell!!!! I know that sounds strange, but I find that I moisturise my neck and often powder it too, and so it makes sense to take off the excess make-up from the neck at night.

It's easy to think - the stronger the toner...the more effective it will be at removing traces of dirt...but don't go for a really strong toner. I tried a Clinique toner and it was horrible. It really stripped my skin, it felt so harsh and stank of alcohol Shock
christine
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 29 Nov 2004
Posts: 417
Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:00 pm      Reply with quote
steph2039 wrote:
HI,

I may be completely wrong, but I thought the purpose of toner was to set the correct ph of your skin after cleansing.

Stephanie


I was told like this too.

Yazzy i agree with you on Clinique! It's horrible Sad
mtview
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 23 Feb 2004
Posts: 779
Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:16 pm      Reply with quote
Toner is suppose to
- remove the cleanser/makeup residue
- restore the skin's ph
- prepares the skin for moisturizer

I also find that wiping my face with cotton pad soaked with toner help to remove the small flakies.
steph2039
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 12 Oct 2004
Posts: 89
Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:21 pm      Reply with quote
I do feel a bit better in knowing I wasn't completely wrong in the ph thing. I guess now I have to figure out which new one to try.

I guess I can add a new toner to my list of things to try. Dr. Hauschka (I'm really tempted by this entire line of products), Obagi, as well as at least one product from every other line I haven't tried. This forum has NOT been good for my credit card. Smile

Stephanie
Lucia
VIP Member
20% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 07 Feb 2005
Posts: 1004
Tue Feb 08, 2005 3:20 am      Reply with quote
A good toner can normalise the Ph but it depends on the toner - some are awful and can make the skin even more unbalanced. Agree Clinique toner is vile stuff! I prefer herbal/moisturising types and avoid anything with alcohol in as I find even on oily skin, it strips it so much the skin goes into overdrive to compensate and you end up oilier! (Hence why I hate Clinique!!).

My Favourite is actually Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic as it's refreshing as a spritz and moisturising as well as smelling gorg!
kdd2411
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 15 Nov 2008
Posts: 997
Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:46 am      Reply with quote
I always hate adding extra steps to my beuty regime. Do you think I still need a toner if I use the Clarisonic?
tckmtracy
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 15 Jul 2009
Posts: 105
Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:58 pm      Reply with quote
I think the toner is necessary. It can help to absorb moisturizer. Some toner can also cleanse the dead skin and residue of cleanser such as clinique clarifying lotion.
elee123
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 14 Apr 2006
Posts: 146
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:48 am      Reply with quote
I use the toner after I cleanse the makeup to make sure the all trace of makeup is cleaned off. I don't use the toner in the morning, only pm when I take off my makeup.
lilyofthevalley
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 26 Jun 2009
Posts: 273
Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:19 am      Reply with quote
To me, the toner water has the following 3 purposes:

1) to better clean again after cleansing
2) to moisturise the skin of the face again
3) to make the followed skin care serum and cream better absorbed
Flossie30
Full Member
5% products discount

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 26 Aug 2009
Posts: 26
Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:02 am      Reply with quote
I've always been told that toner was for clearing out your pores--that it was "deep" cleansing and good for blackheads. But that's also why I've rarely used it, as I always thought it can be drying and result in more oil production. (And yeah, I've used Clinique--maybe I thought all toners were like that.) I'm quite interested in the PH thing, though. Does anyone know if the DIY toners (like ACV toner) can restore skin's PH?

And now I'm wondering if I'm confused on one point. Is toner the same as astringent?

_________________
30, normal/dry skin, a bit acne-prone, starting to see fine lines. Totally confused by all the products out there--but I've learned that if it sounds too good to be true, it _is_ too good to be true.
jules2202
Full Member
5% products discount

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 02 Mar 2009
Posts: 22
Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:01 am      Reply with quote
I;ve got very dry skin and have some facial eczema when i'm stressed and I'd never found a toner that my skin could tolerate.

Did a bit of research and helped by the brilliant diy recepies on this site I made my own very gentle but effective toner.

I make some green tea with one tea bag. Let it cool then add some aloe vera gel, touch of crushed asprin and a little lavendar and rosehip oil (you can use any oils that your skin likes). It gives my skin that ultra clean feeling without stinging or drying and of course it's very cheap!!

I keep it in the fridge as it's really refreshing when cool.
tomorrow
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 03 Sep 2009
Posts: 54
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:11 am      Reply with quote
I understand that it's suppose to clean off any residue not remove thru cleansing and to prep the skin for moisturiser.
carmina
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 28 Nov 2008
Posts: 259
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:24 am      Reply with quote
Toners have different emphasis, but basiclly, they are meant to:
balance the PH of skin,
remove the excess and remaining dirt on the face after cleaning,
hydrate skin, while the cleaning phase will carry away a lot of moisture
flyflyonly
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 11 Feb 2009
Posts: 485
Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:08 am      Reply with quote
I use the toner with a piece of cotton pad to reclean my face, because sometimes normal face cleanser could not clean our face totally and therefore left some dirty on our face.
Besides, some toner includes alcohol could help us to reduce the pore.
Skitahoe
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 27 Aug 2009
Posts: 97
Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:50 pm      Reply with quote
According to Obagi, toner quickly adjusts the skin's pH balance for better penetration of treatment products.

If the pH is not balanced, it can take about 3 hours for your skin to become balanced.

From Dr. Denese, using toner removes all remaining traces of dirt and grime that your cleanser may have missed.

I enjoy toners. I can tell when I don't use one. I doesn't have a squeaky clean feeling that I love especially since I'm oily.
tomorrow
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 03 Sep 2009
Posts: 54
Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:24 am      Reply with quote
I either apply the toner directly to my face, or I will transfer to a spray bottle. I have tried using cotton pad but find that it absorb away the toner and ended up having to use a lot more.
LondonJamie
Preferred Member
15% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 08 Sep 2009
Posts: 389
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:11 am      Reply with quote
I've read too that it is important to use toner to correct the PH of the skin after cleansing, it also enables your skin to abosrb creams and serums better.

I'm guessing they shouldn't contain any alcohol. I use Liz Earle's toner. I use it in a spray bottle. It seems to calm the skin and is said to add a fine layer of moisture.
dilemmas
Full Member
5% products discount

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 30 Aug 2009
Posts: 43
Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:12 am      Reply with quote
I use cotton pad to apply the toner to my face.It help clean the face, and make the cream easier to be absorbed.
dilemmas
Full Member
5% products discount

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 30 Aug 2009
Posts: 43
Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:12 am      Reply with quote
I use cotton pad to apply the toner to my face.It help clean the face, and make the cream easier to be absorbed.
Alyssa617
Full Member
5% products discount

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 10 Sep 2009
Posts: 11
Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:03 am      Reply with quote
Does anyone know if using a 2 in 1 facial cleanser (with toner) is as effective as using a toner alone? I am currently using MD Skincare all in one facial cleanser with toner and wondering if I should switch over to using a separate toner after cleansing?

_________________
Alyssa617
puzzle
Senior Member
10% products discount
free skin care

View user's profileSend private message
Joined: 11 Aug 2009
Posts: 53
Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:49 am      Reply with quote
Some toners are for double cleansing, while some are just for moisturizing.
System
Automatic Message
Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:27 am
If this is your first visit to the EDS Forums please take the time to register. Registration is required for you to post on the forums. Registration will also give you the ability to track messages of interest, send private messages to other users, participate in Gift Certificates draws and enjoy automatic discounts for shopping at our online store. Registration is free and takes just a few seconds to complete.

Click Here to join our community.

If you are already a registered member on the forums, please login to gain full access to the site.

Reply to topic



Gatineau Serenite Anti-Redness Cream (30 ml / 1 oz) Payot Design Ultra Lift Remodelling Lifting Serum (30 ml / 1 floz) Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Bonus Collection (4 items)