Wash, rinse, repeat. For some of you, this is what your skincare routine looks like. And we applaud you because at least you know how important it is to take your makeup off at the day’s end (if you don’t, please know going to bed without washing your face is one of the absolute worst things you can do for your skin). It may not be something that’s on your mind too much right now, but a woman’s skin begins to degenerate at age 25. So even if you’re still a few years away from this crucial number, forming good habits now will make it easier then. But there is much more to a solid skincare routine than soap and water. Moisturizer and eye cream are key, but there’s still a missing link: toner.
You’ve probably seen it on the drugstore shelf among hundreds of other skincare products. Ignore everything else because a toner is what your skin is craving the most. After cleansing, applying this magical liquid prepares the skin to accept moisture by balancing its pH, which can be disrupted during washing. But you do need to choose the right formula, free of alcohol or artificial fragrances which can do more harm than good. To get you started, may we suggest Boscia’s Balancing Facial Tonic?
It balances and soothes the skin while it works to banish impurities and prepare your skin for moisturizer. Plus, it’s formulated without nasties like preservatives, parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrance. I use it 2-3 times a day, every day, and a bottle lasts me 4-5 months. At $24 a pop, that’s a damn good deal. Get it at Sephora.
Do you use a toner every day? Let us know about your skincare routine in the comments.
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