How To Choose The Best Face Toner For Oily Skin
Are you taking toner seriously?
If your complexion is on the oily side, you'll want to remember this skin-balancing step in your beauty ritual. Here are 9 reasons to use facial toner and how to find a good fit for oily skin.
See Related: 8 Best Facial Cleansers For Oily Skin
1. Even with oily skin, you need a toner to hydrate
Some folks are afraid that moisturizing ingredients will make their oily skin more unmanageable. However, there are ways to heighten hydration without getting that greasy look.
At JUARA, we're inspired by Jamu, an Indonesian wellness and beauty tradition that's been around for centuries and draws upon Mother Nature in major ways. So, naturally, our products are packed with beautifying botanicals that help keep skin hydrated.
Tamarind, for example, has hydrating effects and even calms unruly complexions. That's why we included it in our Tamarind Tea Toner. While it's suitable for all skin types, we formulated it to tackle oily skin and address the complexities of combination skin.
This toner delivers oil-free moisture and makes it easier for your skin to more readily absorb subsequent skincare products. It's an important step you don't want to skip.
Tamarind isn't the only natural ingredient at work in this formula.
Rice bran is one of the active ingredients, bursting with vitamins and the ability to target redness and restore the skin barrier.
With white, green, and black tea in the mix, this formula is also filled with antioxidants. As you may already know, antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause premature aging and other skin issues such as hyperpigmentation.
These teas also possess anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which is good news if you're dealing with excess oil and frequent breakouts.
However, as alluded to above, dealing with acne isn't the only issue for people with oilier complexions. The right toner will help hydrate the skin.
When talking about hydration, it's hard not to mention hyaluronic acid. And why would we try? Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is the skin-plumping humectant that draws moisture to the upper level of the epidermis, making the surface appear more smooth and supple.
JUARA Tamarind Tea Toner contains clinically healing levels of hyaluronic acid (at 0.2%). As part of the extracellular matrix, the HA accelerates wound healing by encouraging the proliferation of certain cells and may also minimize scarring.
While you may not need to know the details of why it works so well, you will certainly see and feel the difference in your skin.
This toner brings better moisture retention and gives you a gorgeous glow.
2. Try a facial toner to minimize pores
As with applying primer before makeup, using toner preps your skin for the next step.
Facial toners are utilized to accomplish a few tasks. They can remove excess oil and makeup, prepare the skin for better absorption of other products, and they can even help minimize the appearance of pores.
Pore size is primarily determined by genetics, but several other factors can impact the size of pores. Our pores contain sebaceous glands, which produce the oil called sebum. Where these glands are larger, so are the pores.
Folks with oily skin types will typically have larger pores. Also, when pores are clogged with sebum and dead skin cells, they become enlarged. Excessive sun exposure can lead to larger pore size as well.
So which clarifying ingredients are keepers if you want to tighten pores and see smooth skin?
Well, witch hazel for one. It's a natural astringent, clearing the skin of excess sebum and temporarily shrinking pores.
Witch hazel is sourced from a plant of the same name (also called Hamamelis Virginiana). This extract has been used for centuries to aid in wound healing and also for soothing irritation.
The tannins in witch hazel bring the benefits of antioxidant action. This means there's an extra defense against free-radical damage. Tannins also have a tightening effect that may minimize those oil-producing pores.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are both used to address acne breakouts. AHAs are specifically used to treat surface-level skin issues.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that has excellent exfoliating capabilities. Since frequent exfoliation helps rid pores of dead cells and sebum, this helps effectively reduce pore size, or at least not stretch pores out further.
A toner or mask with glycolic acid can speed up the exfoliation process, and with continued use, could lead to smaller pores.
3. Find a toner that fights oil without over-drying
If you struggle with breakouts, chances are you're already using certain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Some products containing these ingredients can cause your skin to get dry and even peel or flake off.
To calm skin and address these side effects, you'll want to choose toners without alcohol or strong exfoliants. While it's tempting to really take it to those pesky pimples and douse them with alcohol, you might make a bad situation worse.
Not only could you cause burning and skin irritation, but your sebaceous glands may try to produce more sebum in response.
Luckily, many alcohol-free toners are available.
If you'll remember our earlier recommendation, you don't have to look any further than JUARA Tamarind Tea Toner. Knowing that a lot of people deal with pimples, and just trying to be kind to the skin, we made sure it was free of alcohol and other harsh chemicals.
When searching for a toner for acne-prone skin, you should keep an eye out for soothing ingredients.
For example, rice bran is featured in the Tamarind Tea Toner. Other great ingredients for sensitive skin include aloe vera and chamomile. Some essential oils, when combined with nourishing carrier oils like jojoba or avocado, are great for calming skin.
Lavender essential oil is one of the few essential oils that you can apply directly to your skin, and it happens to be super soothing. It can reduce redness and inflammation as it combats dry skin or dry patches.
Just remember that toners for oily skin should bring about balance and not go overboard.
4. Pick a toner that balances pH levels
Most facial toners balance the pH levels of your skin after you cleanse. This is important before you apply the serums or moisturizers in the next steps of your beauty ritual.
If it's been a while since your last science class, here's a quick review regarding our skin's pH levels.
When the sebum on your skin mixes with sweat, it forms the acid mantle. This slightly acidic layer has a pH between 4 and 5.5, but some cleansers can affect it, often making the skin more alkaline. Toner comes in to neutralize this effect.
Healthy skin typically has a natural pH level of 4 to 6 which is slightly acidic. A pH level of 7 is neutral, but our skin remains most healthy at the slightly acidic pH level, so it can better resist bacteria. For acne-prone skin types, that's pretty important.
The best skin toners for oily skin will not only rid us of excess oil and minimize shiny skin, but balance pH levels as well.
5. Improve acne-prone skin with toner ingredients that fight inflammation
You can deal with future breakouts better if you're also addressing inflammation. Of course you want a toner to help control oil production, but that's not the only thing going on with acne.
Acne symptoms often include inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
Inflammatory acne occurs when the pores become clogged with dead skin cells, oil from skin care or beauty products, and the sebum you naturally produce. These congested pores show up as whiteheads or blackheads.
However, the walls of your pores can break if these pimples expand and put enough pressure on them. Then, the contents of the pimples spread deeper into your skin. That's when your body sends for backup and the white blood cells come in.
The presence of white blood cells often means redness, swelling, and tenderness in addition to the pus you commonly see with pimples.
Sometimes folks suffer from cystic acne where there are large, soft bumps beneath the skin. There can also be nodules that are harder bumps under the skin's surface.
While many times a dermatologist will recommend specific products or prescriptions, it's generally acknowledged that the anti-inflammatory properties of certain ingredients can help.
Tea tree oil, an essential oil, is not actually oily. In fact, it's often used to combat excess oil on the skin. Among its many healing properties, it can improve symptoms linked to a number of inflammatory and bacterial skin conditions.
6. Choose a toner that harnesses the help of Mother Nature
From tea tree to green tea to aloe vera, it's amazing how Mother Nature has an almost limitless capacity to provide remedies and elixirs that meet our needs.
Of course, we've taken some initiative as well when it comes to medicine and healing, but let's highlight how and where nature got it right.
At JUARA, we advocate using the readily available natural ingredients all around us. Beautifying botanicals and nourishing plant extracts make up a hearty portion (and the heart!) of our skincare products.
Our signature products are powered by nourishing candlenut oil, soothing rice bran, and rejuvenating kombucha (fermented sweet black tea) that gives your skin that super refreshing feeling.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it's not surprising that the best toners for oily skin would rely a little on Mother Earth.
7. Use a toner that removes all residue
While face washes are specifically formulated to clean the skin, sometimes we use skin toner to catch what the cleanser missed.
Cleanser residue can creep into those nooks and crannies (aka our pores) and cause trouble.
You can use toner on a cotton pad to remove residue and any makeup leftover. Even if you splash a few drops of toner on your hands and gently massage or press the liquid into your pores, you'll find that toner helps take care of you.
By removing this detritus and minimizing the gaps between cells, toners formulated to finish the job of a cleanser can reduce the amount of impurities that penetrate the skin. Keeping out these contaminants keeps the skin functioning more efficiently.
So, even when you wash your face (which should be with some regularity), you can use toner, too! It's a central part of a good skin care regime.
Whether you apply toner to a cotton pad or cotton ball, all you need to do is gently wipe it across your face or neck. You'll not only help fight acne, but you may be addressing other skin concerns.
8. Go with fragrance-free toner if you have sensitive skin
Speaking of other skin concerns, it's important to tackle the complexities of combination skin and those who suffer from skin sensitivities.
As we already discussed, alcohol-based toners can irritate and dry out your skin. Given that there are so many toner options, there's no need to use toner with harsh ingredients.
Some folks find that artificial fragrance in any part of their skincare routine causes an allergic reaction. If this applies to you, then you clearly want to avoid added fragrance in your toner.
Not to tout our own toner again, but JUARA Tamarind Tea Toner contains no added fragrance.
Use toner to maintain a youthful appearance and fight oil
People with mature or sensitive skin should still use toner. Even if you've spent over a decade dealing with fine lines and wrinkles and haven't settled on a satisfying skincare ritual, there's still time, and you're in the right place.
We at JUARA would also like to remind you that it's also about the process. Incorporating natural ingredients - along with joy and gentleness - in your self-care can be healing and helpful.
As far as ingredients go, look for antioxidants in your toner to help protect the skin from premature aging. Ingredients like green tea contain polyphenols that protect and perfect your complexion. AHAs like glycolic acid can really reduce those fine lines.
So prepare those cotton pads and find a toner with hydrating and antioxidant-rich ingredients!
Also, since UV damage does so much to age skin, make sure you protect yourself before heading out into the sun.
For those of you who love a little skincare experimentation and want to delve into the world of homemade toners, the video below is for you. While this DIY toner is not explicitly for oily skin, it does have hydrating ingredients that are essential for every skin type.
If you want to see not only how to use toner for oily skin, but also how to make it, check this out:
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