The History of Toners and Why We Don’t Need Them Anymore

The History of Toners and Why We Don’t Need Them Anymore

By Zahraa Raj

Going back hundred years where cleansers didn’t exist, and all there was were rough soups made with hard water that were used to clean the face. The role of a toner was used to bring back the Ph level of the skin and act as a safe cleanser. These alcohol based toners were made to remove the scum left by the soaps and promote softness. 



Ever since then with the introduction of mild cleansers and with a few people still using hard water and soaps, the requirement of toners has lost its purpose. Today, toners which are also known as astringents have wide formulation diversity. 


Toners today are used as post-cleansers to remove any additional makeup residue. While some may use only a toner in place of a cleanser. Others may use a toner made for oily skin that helps remove any sebum left, to leave a tight skin. Many people find this step to be very desirable. 


Medical astringents containing salicylic acid and menthol or camphor are created for acne prone skin, which brings a tingling effect when dabbed on to the skin. Toners designed for dry skin contain propylene glycol and water to help bring water to the surface and can be subsided as a moisturizer. 


But do toners really work?


The key point here is ingredients. The ingredients used in your toner will help you establish whether it will really help give you your desired results. For most people a toner is an additional step in your skincare routine to treat concerns as explained above. But do you need a toner apart from all of that? Absolutely not.



Many skincare products such as moisturizers and cleansers have the ingredients that you could generally look for in a toner. So they get the work done. Instead of investing in another step, just choose the right basic routine. If you still feel the need to tone your skin, just do it once a day either in the morning or night, and follow it up with a moisturizer. 

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