The old school toners were created more as an astringent than a hydrator . Old school toners had a high percentage of alcohol to wipe away soap film because most people used soap to wash their face. Nowadays, most spray toners are created to do three main things for your skin:
- BALANCE OUT pH: Now there are more toners that exist to balance out pH for skin that is oily, dry, dehydrated, break out prone or unbalanced. One of the key giveaways is to see if it is applied with a cotton ball or a spray. More than likely, if it is spray, then check the ingredients. If it contains, humectants to increase the skins hydration, then it is for increasing the moisture barrier of the skin.
2. INCREASING THE MOISTURE LEVEL IN SKIN: By directly spraying on the skin 7-10 times or when skin is fully saturated, and the immediately applying moisturizer on skin, you are sealing in the MOISTURE barrier by creating a LIPID barrier with your moisturizer. **Make sure if you are using a serum that the serum is allowed to penetrate first (about 10 minutes) THEN spray on the toner to avoid diluting the serum. EXCEPTION: Pure Hylauronic acid serum loves moisture so you can apply toner immediately after apply this particular serum.
3. SEALS IN MOISTURE TO PREVENT PREMATURE AGING OF SKIN: Your skin is always losing moisture, especially if you are living in an arid climate such as California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada,etc. Your skin loses more moisture than its ability to retain it which can cause TEWL (Trans-Epidermal Water Loss). This happens when the skin starts flaking, peeling, or begins to form cracks. This is more common in the winter. When you use a hydrating toner, and apply moisturizer right after, this will help your skins ability to hold in moisture.