Anti aging skin toner. Most of us know by now that wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and getting enough quality sleep are key to maintaining youthful, healthy skin (and pretty much everything else that’s good in life). But there are also a few other things you can do to prevent or correct premature signs of aging, including simple dermatological treatments and even just adding products to your skincare routine. Today we’re taking a deep dive into toner—the foundation that sets the tone for radiant, youthful skin—to unpack what toner actually does, why it’s important, and how to use it.
For some expert insight, we asked dermatologist Jenna Queller, MD, FAAD, to help us break down the details and weigh in with the best anti-aging toners to use at home.
Queller explains that, in general, “a toner is used to cleanse the skin, effectively removing impurities that remain after washing your face. Traditional toners or astringents are alcohol-based solutions that strip the skin and give people that ‘clean’ feeling.” But there are different types of toners, so look out for those distinctions when shopping. “Depending on your skin type and the ingredients in the formula, toners can soothe skin, tighten skin, or balance out oil production,” so you “should be particularly conscious of your skin type when selecting a toner.” And “the efficacy of the toner depends on its active ingredients,” Queller advises.
The anti aging skin toner Benefits
Queller explains that “our skin is naturally acidic, but that can change after cleansing due to the alkaline nature of soap. When this happens, your skin needs to work overtime to return to its normal levels (and that may result in oil), but using a toner can help restore this balance quickly. It also removes chlorine and minerals present in tap water.”
That’s where the anti-aging benefits come in. Specifically, “toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. They also shrink pores. Applying a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball and gently blotting your face with it will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores. Some toners moisturize the skin and some toners are humectants (contain hyaluronic acid), which means they help to bind moisture to the skin.”
This creates a foundation for softer, smoother, firmer, and healthier skin.
Potential Problems anti aging skin toner
As with all skincare products, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, “it can be very drying and irritating for many people and then result in sensitivities and rashes. If you have stubborn makeup that needs removing, use a gentle makeup remover or towelette, followed by a gentle cleanser. Previously, traditional toners were drying as an astringent to the skin. Nowadays, formulations are much more gentle.”
“If you have sensitive skin but like using toners that remove makeup well, try micellar water. Like a magnet, micelles capture and draw out makeup and oil from your pores. It’s very gentle, so it can also be used as a makeup remover.
No matter what your skin type is, oily/acne-prone or dry/sensitive, Queller advises avoiding all alcohol-based toners. Sensitive skin types in particular need to be careful, also avoiding anything with retinol, glycolic, or benzoyl peroxide. “These will be too drying and may even cause the skin to break out,” Queller says. “Instead, look for one that is water-based and has ingredients like rosewater or chamomile extracts and vitamin B derivatives like panthenol, which help lock in moisture and keep your skin well hydrated.” Queller also suggests looking for toners containing glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid replenishes your skins moisture levels, making it feel softer and look hydrated.