What is a toner and do you really need one?
It's an often asked question of skin care professionals: "Is toner really necessary?"
In a word, yes.
I think that some people are skeptical of trying toners because they associate toner with the old SD alcohol-based astringents that used to strip skin and leave it feeling tight and dry. Many toners out there still have some less than stellar ingredients, but that's not what we're talking about.
Let's compare popular facial toners:
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 is one of the best-selling products on the market, but have you ever taken a look at the ingredients in this product, which is marketed toward those with "dry or combination" skin?
Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau , Alcohol Denat. , Glycerin , Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) , Menthol , Acetyl Glucosamine , Trehalose , Sodium Hyaluronate , Butylene Glycol , Sodium Bicarbonate , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Red 33 (Ci 17200) , Ext. Violet 2 (Ci 60730)
This toner is a mix of water, a stripping alcohol (Alcohol Denat), menthol (harsh for facial use) and artificial dyes. While it does have a form of Hyaluronic Acid and glycerin, the majority of ingredients are quite harsh.
Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion is a toner described as one which will be soothing to the skin. What is in it?
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract,Polysorbate 20, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1), Citronellol,Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
While there is, indeed, cucumber fruit extract, water, rubbing alcohol and propylene glycol make up a large portion of the formula. There are also artificial colors and fragrance.
Let's look at a toner with benefits.
A good toner will be free of harsh ingredients artificial colors or fragrance and actually serves a purpose to the skin.
Toner helps to remove any traces of makeup left behind after cleansing. A well-formulated toner can also restore the skin’s pH.
Benefits of Seed Advanced Botanicals Toner:
- Refreshes with aromatic plant distillates
- After cleansing, our toner balances your skin's pH prior to moisturizing
- Ultra-clean feel
- Cleanses any remaining make-up
- Soothes and calms skin
- "One-Touch" dispenser conserves product, keeps out germs and air
- Available in Lemon Balm or Cucumber
After cleansing, use a cotton ball or cotton pad and dispense toner onto it. Swipe across the skin and apply moisturizer.
What ingredients are in Seed Advanced Botanicals Toner?
Lemon Balm: Aqua (Water), Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Distillate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativis (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.
Cucumber: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Distillate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.
As you can see, we just use the good stuff. You will not find drying alcohols, fragrance, colorants or any unnecessary ingredients. You -- and your skin -- deserve the best!
Tip for a hot day: toner chilled in the fridge feels amazing on the skin!
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Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.
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What causes milia?
Milia can occur for several reasons. I know that I have heard so many women say, "but I wash my face thoroughly." The truth is that it is not because your skin isn't clean enough.
Our skin naturally sloughs off dead skin cells. Sometimes, though, the skin doesn't shed those cells and what happens is that sebum and keratin will get trapped underneath the epidermis. When this happens, they build up and get lodged in sweat glands and hair follicles rather than being shed. Before you know it, cysts form and you'll notice those little white bumps that do not seem to go away.
There are several skin care ingredients that may contribute to milia. I will share those with you in a moment.
Many parts of the country are about to see dangerously cold temperatures, thanks to the Polar Vortex this week. In fact, many meteorologists are saying that we could be experiencing some of the coldest weather in years. The brutal cold and snow can easily wreak havoc on your skin, so we thought this would be a great time to share some of our Polar Vortex skin care tips with you.
1. Layer your skin care.
Think of how we dress in this weather to keep warm: by wearing layers. Layering your skin care offers many benefits. Our skin is particularly susceptible to the harsh winter elements. Dehydration is common. Help protect the skin and lock in moisture by applying a dry body oil followed by a rich body cream or balm. Doing so will help seal all of the beneficial butters and plant oils into your skin, making them even more effective.