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Why should I use a Toner or an Astringent?

Posted by Liza - Naturopath @ Health Food Grocers on

We are just loving our new range of Thayers Witch Hazel Toners & Astringents so I thought I would write an article specifically on why you should use a toner or astringent as part of your daily skincare routine. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and our first line of defense against the aggressions of the outside world. It’s more than just a wrapper and has many specific functions important to the general health of the body. Taking care of our hardworking skin is important and involves eating healthily, adequate exercise, enough sleep, managing your stress levels, drinking lots of water and using good skin care products.

The ideal routine for glowing, healthy skin is to cleanse, tone, treat, moisturise & protect every morning and evening. The toning step is often one many people skip. Using toners and/or astringents has often been undervalued by many of us, yet this is a vital step to achieving the great results we desire for our skin.

Thayers Witch Hazel Toners and Astringents help restore the skins acid mantle after cleansing. Often referred to as the hydrolipidic film, the acid mantle’s function is to protect and lubricate the surface of skin. Healthy skin sits at a pH level of around 4.5 - 5.5. If this delicate balance is disrupted conditions such as sensitivity, dehydration, excessive oiliness and dryness can occur.

Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toners are gentle, water based products that remove any grime, makeup or cleanser left on the skin after cleansing. Cleansing our skin can disrupt its natural PH balance, using a good toner will rebalance the skin’s PH level for optimal nutrient delivery, balance the skins hydration levels and prime the skin to receive the benefits from all other skin care products applied after toning.

Thayers range of Witch Hazel Toners contain the natural tannin responsible for Witch Hazels antioxidant actions, Aloe Vera (a natural skin balancer, helping lock in moisture) and benefits of various other natural ingredients (our best selling toner is the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner which helps firm and tighten your skin). Your skin will feel super soft and refreshed after I’ve toned and the subtle scents are simply delicious. You can also carry a small spray bottle with you in your handbag to spritz your face and refresh your skin throughout the day, especially when travelling.

Thayers Astringents are alcohol based and are ideal for oily or acne prone skin. Used after cleansing they clean the skin more deeply, remove any excess oil, are antibacterial and tone large pores. If you have excessively oily skin, an astringent with natural ingredients such as Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel aloe vera formula astringent is the perfect choice. The lemon is effective in treating oily skin and is antiseptic helping prevent breakouts. Your skin will feel soothed, clean and fresh. 

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