Choosing an organic facial toner is a pleasure of mine. Toners are one organic skin care product that allows for mixing things up, and trying new products with little risk.
Why use a Toner
Organic facial toners are used to settle the skin, bring back the natural pH balance and restore moisture . Having a balanced pH level means your skin is less prone to oiliness and infection, creating a more vibrant and smoother appearance. With a simple mist, you can be sure to refresh and restore the skin.
Facial toners can provide hydration to your skin, and we know hydration helps in maintaining elasticity, smoothness, moisture, a more youthful appearance, and reducing the signs of aging.
Many facial toners also provide vitamins and other essential skin nutrients to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
Let’s not forget that a toner will help tighten your pores . This will help create a barrier to prevent dirt and debris finding its way deep into the skin, helping combat buildup that can result in blemished and irritated skin.
Most organic toners have a minimal ingredient list, this helps take the risk out of trying new ones or switching back and forth. Without a jam packed formula, you don’t have as many ingredients that can cause irritation, and it is very easy to interpret what is in your toner. Simple and sweet ! That’s what we like.
Remember that a toner for cell renewal is a little more of an advanced toner. Enzyme rich toners can irritate sensitive skin.
A toner can:
- Help remove soap residue left from cleansing.
- Reduce oils that lead to shine.
- Prevent breakouts and help tighten up pores.
- Help calm irritation and reduce redness.
- Repair and restore your skin’s surface.
- Prepare your skin for maximum absorption of your moisturizer or serum.
- Stimulate cell renewal, fortify elasticity, and boost collagen synthesis.
I am not afraid to use an organic toner at any time of the day. Even with a full face on (makeup) It gives me a complete uplift of the skin. It can dramatically improve dullness and brighten your day. Especially the use of misters that smell amazing.
Not only will your skin get a mid-day pick me up, you will also combat oil and dirt that have accumulated throughout the day, working hard to stop blemishes.
Toners are a must to carry in your daily life. It is one of the most versatile skin care products . One that can be easily applied, while fiercely functioning.
Spay it on your face, around your shoulders, on your neck, above your head, on your arms and in your hair…It is only going to do good 🙂
Another point I would like to make is recommending a toner for the men in your life. It is an easy product to introduce and works awesome after a shave . Cooling the skin and helping heal after the razors edge.
Choosing a Toner
Choosing a toner can be a daunting task, as there are so many choices. I recommend using an organic or natural toner. You shouldn’t be using synthetic fragrances and chemical preservatives on your skin – they will only dry out, irritate and age your skin faster. By choosing a simple, natural formula, you will be avoiding chemicals that contribute to the toxic burden your body is exposed to in our industrial world.
Toners can be applied with a spritz or with cotton pads. The proper way to use a toner is after you have cleansed your face and before you apply a moisturizer.
A well formulated toner helps repair and restore your skin’s surface. When you have finished cleansing, your skin is thirsty. Now is the time to feed it nourishing ingredients, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. A great toner will contain all of those things, and your thirsty skin will drink it up.
Ingredients in Toners
Many toners contain astringent ingredients such as alcohol and witch hazel. An astringent shrinks and constricts bodily tissues, and in a toner, it shrink pores. Alcohol should be avoided because it dries out the skin, and can hurt the skin’s natural healing process. Witch hazel is a more gentle astringent. It is a skin soother and has been shown to have antioxidant properties.
Moisturizing and Soothing Ingredients
Aloe Vera and Glycerin smooth and soften the skin. Chamomile is an excellent ingredient for calming redness and irritation.
Emulsifiers and Preservatives
Emulsifiers help keep oil and water from separating, examples are polysorbate and hydrogenated castor oil. Preservatives keep microorganisms from growing in a formula, these include parabens (which should be avoided), citric acid and potassium sorbate.
Essential oils and Fragrances
Essential oils provide scent and therapeutic benefits. Many essential oils are anti-microbial and help prevent breakouts. Others have anti-aging properties. The term “fragrance” can include up to 4000 different chemicals – many of them being endocrine disruptors (believe me guys, you do not want your hormones messed with). “Fragrance” is best avoided.
The type of toner you choose will depend on your skin type. The different skin types are:
- Oily skin – your skin gets shiny quickly, you may deal with breakouts.
- Dry skin – you deal with itchy, tight skin that lacks moisture.
- Combination skin – you have an oily T-zone (forehead/nose/chin) and dry skin on the rest of your face.
- Sensitive skin – your skin gets easily irritated, red and itchy.
All skin types will benefit from toners containing skin-softening ingredients such as glycerin or aloe vera, antioxidants such as vitamin C , and cell-communicating ingredients such as niacinamide (Vitamin B3).
Toners for Oily Skin
Oily skin produces too much sebum, leading to shine and clogged, enlarged pores. A toner can help regulate this executive sebum production, reducing shine and breakouts. A good quality toner will help balance oil production without stripping and irritating the skin.
Many toners formulated for oily skin contain drying ingredients such as alcohol and witch hazel. Alcohol should be avoided, as it can hurt your skin’s natural healing process, and actually increase oil production.
Toners with a low alcohol content can be tolerated. Witch hazel is a great astringent that has skin soothing properties. If you are wanting to combat breakouts, using an acid toner with lactic or glycolic acid can help ease skin congestion by reducing dead skin cell buildup.
Toners for Dry Skin
Toners can brighten and refresh your dry skin. Using a toner with hydrating ingredients will help give your skin a boost of moisture, and prep your skin for better absorption of your moisturizer or serum.
Dry skin will want to avoid toners containing lots of alcohol or witch hazel, as these ingredients will dry the skin further. Aloe vera, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid are excellent ingredients for dry skin as they will help the skin retain moisture.
Toners for Combination Skin
Dealing with combination skin means trying to balance oily and dry areas of your face. The wrong toner can make dry areas worse and exaggerate oily areas. You need a gentle, alcohol-free toner that will help normalize your skin, by keeping skin hydrated while reducing oiliness.
A toner containing glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid can be used on just your t-zone to combat oiliness and reduce breakouts.
Toners for Sensitive Skin
A toner formulated for sensitive skin can help combat redness and irritation. Toners can be very gentle and hydrating, as well as help restore the skin’s natural protection barrier.
Sensitive skin needs calming and soothing ingredients such as chamomile or willow bark extract.
Homemade Toner Recipe
A wonderfully simple homemade Toner that works just as hard as some you can buy.
- 1 once witch hazel (get it here )
- 3 ounces rose water ( I use this one )
- 1 drop sandalwood, or 1 drop grapefruit essential oil ( this is the best place to get essential oils)
- you can also use lavender, juniper, or lemon essential oil. (1 drop) all wonderful for the skin.
You can check out some more recipes here .
A well formulated toner can be an integral part to your skin care routine. When a toner contains potent skin repairing and collagen boosting ingredients, it is the perfect anti-aging product.
After you cleanse is the perfect time to apply a product that will soak into your skin and nourish it, and a good toner will do just that. Even better, a toner will increase the permeability of your skin allowing your moisturizer to absorb better, bringing the beneficial ingredients deeper into your skin where they can do their best work.
We are so glad to share with you the importance and benefits of an organic facial toner.
Be sure to have fun with your toners. Use them for your skin and also your mind. I truly enjoy the versatility of a toner and the effects it has on my well-being.
To a bright and beautiful you,
I follow your page and love to read all about natural organic care for skin. I was searching for such thing from a long time, glad I found one!
I have a very sensitive skin which is extremely dry. So I started taking few organic products you’ve recommended.
I have a question regarding toner, do I need to wash my face after applying a toner or should apply my moisturizer with oil directly on it without washing it?
Hi Trisha, thanks so much for your comment 🙂 That is a tough combination to deal with, sensitive and dry. Are you drinking lots of water and consuming omega fatty acids?
With a toner, you do not need to rinse it off, unless it tells you to do so. I would apply your moisturizer right on top of your toner once it is dry 🙂 If you are using an oil as a moisturizer, you can apply it to your skin while the toner is still damp, it will help the oil absorb.
Let me know if you need any more help or have any more questions!
Happy to hear from you!
Thanks for suggestion about toner 🙂
Well I try to drink water as much as I could to stay hydrated and eat lots of fruits. Well I don’t eat fish, meat or any other non vegetarian food items. However, I eat eggs, spinach, walnuts everyday but not taking flaxseed or chia seeds on everyday basis. I wonder if I wanna try some supplements so which one you would recommend?
Moreover I love applying oils on my face as its very very dry but I do that before bedtimes or as long as I stay at home. I use rosehip seed oil, sea buckthorn oil & almond oil. But not sure which brands are pure & natural in Canada? Sometimes I use olive oil(used for cooking) but very rare, especially in winters.
I tried Andalou Natural skin care products like sensitive skin day cream, hyaluronic lift& firm cream, their sensitive skin body wash & shampoo but nothing suits my skin at all, and after using Andalou creams I got red marks and tiny little red pimples on lower side of my cheeks. Thinking to switch on christina moss moisturizer or Acure organic cloud cream!
Is that “Body Merry hyaluronic acid serum” good for my skin? Coz I’ve recently started using it.
Also, could you please suggest me a oil blend for my excessive dry sensitive skin?
I have lot of concerns about my skin care like hairs, body care products etc 😀
Hope you suggest me some good stuff!
Hi Trisha, it can be such a long process of trail and error to find products that work for your skin! I can suggest products, but it is no guarantee that you will also like them. Some supplements that I recommend for healthy skin are silica and vitamin C. You can read more about silica and more about vitamin C . It sounds like the oils (rosehip, sea buckthorn, and almond oil) you use are suitable for your skin type. As for Canadian brands, I like buying oils from New Directions Aromatics .
Have you ever tried Marula oil ? It is really great for dryer skin types. In all honesty, there are so many oils you can use, it really is up to personal preference what you decide you like. Price, availability, scent, and texture are all factors that will affect your final choice.
What do you want in a facial oil? Do you like a thicker, richer texture? Do you like oils with no scent? What is your budget? The answers to these questions would help me suggest oils for you to use.
Hey thanks again for suggestions I would definitely try new directions aromatics 🙂
Although I’m not a fan of scents or any fragrances but I do believe that skincare products/oils I use on myself should be pure and no strong chemicals in them. And I’m not concerned about texture as well, but it should be in the budget not very costly coz I don’t wanna spend all my money in that and I can’t 😀
Should I stick with Hyaluronic serum or not?
Haven’t tried Marula oil yet but I would like to if its good!
Any suggestions for Omega supplements?
Hi Trisha, stick with the hyaluronic acid serum and see how your skin does, it should help bring more moisture into your skin. Marula oil is lovely 🙂 There are so many nice oils haha, it is so hard to pick just one. For omega supplements, my favorite is fermented cod liver oil from the brand Green Pasture. If you can find Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver oil locally, you will have the highest quality omega supplement you can buy, but it is quite pricey. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, I recommend the brand Nordic Naturals, their Ultimate Omega Softgels are popular and good quality.