Why YOU Need Toner In Your Life

If you have NEVER used pure witch hazel before, or a toner, now is the time to begin, especially if you wear heavy makeup, or have oily skin. Basically, a toner is a clear liquid product that cleanses the skin AFTER makeup removal, or after facial washing. Read below for more information on toners, Jeaniez!

So Wait…Why Do I NEED Toner?

    Toner not only balances the skin’s pH level*, but it removes sebum** buildup, and makes you as the user feel refreshed and clean! Not to mention the fact it regulates breakouts, which more often than not are due to clogged pores (pH levels being off can cause this as well…hello hormones).

*Skin’s natural pH level is 5.5. The skin is VERY thin, with a protective layer on the surface called the acid mantle. This is made up of sebum, lactic acid, and amino acids, which is often times created by sweat. Ruining the skin’s protective barrier with harsh products can lead to skin damage and breakouts. Breakouts sometimes can actually be the cells recouping themselves!

**Sebum is oily secretions from the pores that come up from the sebaceous glands.

Benefits of PURE Witch Hazel

Now, you can buy into “branded” Witch Hazels with big names, but for me personally, I prefer the lesser ingredients the better when it comes to skincare. I don’t like to complicate things!

Benefits of pure Witch Hazel include:

*Witch Hazel reduces blemish irritation and other inflammatory skin conditions.

*Witch Hazel can help fade bruises AND blemishes.

*Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that cleanses.

*Witch Hazel removes excess oils from the skin and leaves supple clear skin behind.

Great. Which Witch Is Fit For Me?

      Some people believe witch hazel strips TOO MUCH of the skin’s naturally secreted oils from the surface, but I tend to think otherwise. Like everything, if you use something in moderation, all is well. I wouldn’t recommend sitting there, for example, every time you sweat saturating tons of cotton balls with witch hazel, hehe! Always remember that skin is skin! Skin is affected by our mood, hello hormones, the environment, smog to better illustrate this, and sometimes from products that are supposed to be good for you. Toner sounds great, but do stay away from any toners containing fragrance, parabens, or synthetic colors. These are unneeded ingredients that will inflame sensitive skin, cause breakouts, and quite frankly reverse the effects of how beneficial a toner can be in anyone’s routine! Below are my two witch hazel suggestions!

1. T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

   This includes ONLY Witch Hazel with naturally occurring alcohol* (hence why you NEED to either dilute it with essential oils or be sparse with any application, like me).

Ingredients: Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) (100% All Natural)

2.Thayers Alcohol-Free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner

   I’d recommend the unscented one, over the popular “rose water” toner by Thayers for those who will be prompted to apply toner more often (again the straight witch hazel is UNSAFE if you constantly use it more than once daily) than recommended. I also think this is a great product for those who don’t like experimenting much and would rather buy one product then mix in oils! This features aloe vera, and grapefruit (some people are VERY allergic, due to the acidity, so PLEASE do patch test, first). See below for the ingredients list.

Ingredients:  Purified Water, Certified Organic Witch Hazel Ext Blend (Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel*), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Filet of Aloe Vera*)), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
*Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient

*Natural grain alcohol, produced during the fermentation process of grains

The Ick

First off, toner gives you the same satisfaction one get’s after peeling off a pore strip. Commence the “ooh’s and ahhs.” Toners help “unplug” pores, and can remove excess makeup/sweat you didn’t even know was there. Cool, right? To demonstrate how toner works, I applied one streak of my Cover Fx powder foundation to the back of my hand, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then “removed” it with one Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipe.  My skin seemed clean, but once I applied the Witch Hazel cotton ball over the same area, clearly there was some buildup still left over! This, my Jeaniez, is how toner/witch hazel works.

The makeup wipe is Neutrogena brand. The cotton ball is after I used the wipe, as you can see excess foundation is left over. Now imagine how your pores feel! (By the way, I LOVE Neutrogena’s makeup remover wipes, and they do a wonderful job, but even regular cleansing oils’ cause backups).

Will you be purchasing a toner? Let me know in the comments below, Jeaniez xoxo. Also thank you ALL for the beautiful birthday wishes, yesterday! You guy’s ROCK.

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