Something I get asked all the time as an esthetician and makeup artist are why these two products are beneficial to add into your skin care regime. The truth is that, once I added these into the mix, my skin instantly improved. After you cleanse your face, there is still residue left over from make-up, dirt and oil which toners and serums can help combat – so what is it that each of them do?
Toners give the added feel of cleanliness and also prevent clogging.
But that is not all a toner can do:
- Restores your skin’s pH balance
- Allows better penetration of products
- Reduces pore size
When buying a toner, just like other products, you want to take into consideration your skin type. Some toners act as an astringent, meaning they contain alcohol or witch hazel, which can by drying to the skin. Astringents work great when you have an overproduction of oil flow or an acne-prone skin condition. When a toner does not have astringent properties, it aids in hydrating and soothing the skin.
Looking for a recommendation on what toner to try? Lavender Hydrating Toner is my absolute favorite toner. It contains humectants – help bind moisture to the skin – and is alcohol-free which will not cause any dryness whatsoever. The lavender in it helps soothe, heal, and balance. It is also anti-microbial which fights against bacteria and inhibits their growth.
Serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients (the beneficial ones) targeting a specific skin condition. They have a small molecular structure which allows the ingredients to absorb into the skin quickly and deeply. All serums come with their own special ingredients so research is key when you’re looking to invest in one!
The reason why they’re so great is because you know you’re getting the best of the best ingredients in a few drops. Always apply before your moisturizer and remember a little goes a long way because of how highly concentrated they are.
My recommendation for serums? Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
My boyfriend actually introduced me to this product after telling me how much of a difference he felt and saw. This product makes such a difference on my skin, one that I didn’t see from my last serum. Another reason why I am loving this product is because of the essential oils included in their ingredients. It contains primrose oil which helps boost blood circulation and repairs the skin’s protective barrier. It also contains lavender essential oil which creates a radiant glow. Another product included is called Squalane which is a natural lipid, emollient, and antioxidant. It locks in moisture, prevents fine lines, and is effective on acneic skin.
I hope this gives you all a little insight so you can start integrating toners & serums into your regime. I promise these two steps won’t let you down! It may seem like a lot to add into your daily routine, but it is definitely well worth it. Your skin will thank you and it will thank you in the long run too!
Stay tuned for more posts about my take on what I consider are “unsung heroes” in the skin and beauty department!
Do you use a toner or serum? If so, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!