The Purpose of Mists and Toners

Skincare can get a little confusing from time to time. While it is important to adopt a skincare routine that is beneficial for your skin, it can be difficult to know which products to purchase that support this routine. Two of these products are mists and toners. What is the purpose of a toner, as well as a facial mist, and why should you have this product in your bathroom cabinet? Read on to find out.

1. What are Mists and Toners?

Simply put, a toner is a liquid product (also known as astringent, or witch hazel) that cleanses the skin and helps to reduce excess oil for those individuals who have naturally oily skin. Some of these are blue in color and may have approximately 2% salicylic acid in the product, which is an ingredient that is often included in products intended for use by those with oily or acne-prone skin. Witch hazel is a toner that is a bit gentler, and it is clear in color. It is a better option of toner for those with sensitive skin or naturally dry skin.

A facial mist acts a little differently than a toner, although many toners are available in a bottle that allows you to spray it on your face. A facial mist is generally used as a means of refreshing the skin. It can also be spritzed on makeup to give the look a lovely glow and hydrated appearance. Those with naturally dry skin, characterized by peeling and an itchy feeling, may feel relief and hydration when they use a facial mist. Individuals with oily skin, however, may find that using a facial mist helps balance their oil production, opens pores, and makes the absorption of other skincare products easier. Some mists contain essential oils, which are also good for the skin, to boost the effectiveness of the product. Consider a facial mist with lemon oil if your skin is oily, or lavender oil if your skin is sensitive or red.

2. How to Use Mists and Toners

Toner is best used after cleaning and exfoliating the skin. It helps to remove any excess oil and makeup. Therefore, you will want to use this product when you are getting ready for the morning or heading for the sheets. You should be washing your face twice per day. Once your face is clean, use a cotton pad, lightly saturated with toner, and swipe this across your facial skin. It may sting a little, but this is perfectly normal. Allow the toner to dry and then either put on your nighttime moisturizer, or your face cream, sunscreen, and makeup.

If you prefer to use a facial mist as well as a toner, use this product after you use toner. Once your skin is clean, you can spritz it before bed. If you are getting ready for your day, use your mist lightly once your makeup is applied. You may also take your mist with you while you are on the go, and hydrate your face whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up.

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