3 Tips For Applying Toner

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Toners are often the unsung heroes of a skincare routine. They’re the last step before moisturizer, but they can do so much more than just prep your skin for hydration (which is why I think it’s so important to have a good one). Toners tone and balance skin to prepare it for moisture, and they also help remove any remaining traces of cleanser or makeup that might still be on your face after you wash with a cleanser. Over the years I’ve discovered some tricks that make toning even more effective:

1. Use your hands to apply toner

If you’re someone who doesn’t have a cotton pad or ball on hand, don’t worry! You can still apply toner by using your hands. Simply pour a little bit of toner onto one palm and spread it across both hands in circular motions for about 30 seconds.

Next, use the same circular movements to massage your face with toner for another 30 seconds (or however long feels comfortable). If you want to add some circulation into the mix, try massaging your neck as well!

2. Leave it on for a few minutes

Leaving the toner on for a few minutes is key, as it allows the vitamin C to start repairing your skin. The longer you leave it on, the better results you’ll see. However, if you want to follow this step with step three (exfoliating), we recommend rinsing off right away. You don’t want to let all of those nutrients sit on top of your skin for too long and risk irritating it!

  • Rinsing off

After leaving the toner on for however long you prefer—we recommend five minutes or so—it’s time to rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel or tissue paper. Doing so will wash away any excess product left behind so that nothing blocks pores from breathing again later in the day! And remember: don’t scrub at this point or use too much cotton ball; just gently lift up excess moisture until no more comes away easily.”

3. Don’t rinse it off

As an astringent, toner helps to tighten pores and reduce oil production.

You should definitely use it!

But don’t rinse it off. Instead, use a cotton pad to remove the excess liquid.

Toner can be an important part of your skincare routine.

Toner can be an important part of your skincare routine. It’s one of the best ways to remove excess makeup and deep-down dirt that cleansers may have missed, while also helping to tone the skin and balance its pH levels. But there are a few things you should know about applying toner before you start slathering it all over yourself!

First off: What is toner? Toner is usually a liquid product that hydrates or tightens your pores while helping to even out skin tone after cleansing. There are two main types: hydrating vs astringent (or “tightening”).

Hydrating toners contain ingredients like aloe vera, witch hazel extract or hyaluronic acid—all substances that help lock moisture into the skin for a more supple complexion. These are great for those with dryness issues or those who live in drier climates; however, if these sound too appealing but you want something lighter on the wallet then try an alcohol-free option instead!


There you have it, three tips for applying toner. The most important thing is to use the right product for your skin type, and then make sure that you’re not skipping this step! Toner can help balance pH levels in the skin which will make a big difference in how it looks and feels.

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