In short, yes.
Most people know that toners are helped in closing your pores after they've opened through steaming or washing the skin. Leaving the pores open can lead to dirt and oil building up and clogging them. I know what you're thinking; 'Cold water closes the skins pores - I'll just do that'. While it's true that cold water will help to close pores, that's about all it does. It doesn't help replace your acid mantle.
The sebacious (oil) and sweat glands in our skin produces an acid mantle that provides lubrication on the top part of our skin to prevent bacteria (that could lead to acne) from entering the deeper layers of the skin.
Washing our face removes the protective acid mantle (AHHH!). Don't worry, toners that contain witch hazel or AHAs replenish the acid mantle. Using a toner also helps the products we apply afterwards to penetrate our skin better.
Now that you know how important a toner is in your skin care routine here is a recipe on how to make your own with simple ingredients from your local supermarket.
DIY TONER RECIPE:
3 tbl distilled water
2 tbl green tea (brew a cup for yourself, take out 2 tablespoons and let it cool before mixing)
2 tbl witch hazel
5 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl
- Pour in to a clean spray bottle