Do you really need a toner? Do you think women in Hawaii or the Pacific (with beautiful skin) need them? The likely answer is no. A toner is used to ‘remove cleanser from your face’. But is that not what water is for? Toners claim to rebalance the skin’s PH, but a good cleanser should not send it out of whack anyway.
Toners are useful to dab away excess oil (for acne) or to make you feel refreshed or (try splashing your face with water?) Natural beauty expert Adina Grigore has lovely skin: she eats well, and does little else to her skin other than wash with water and occasionally use a toner or skin cream.
If you use toner, choose simple brands that are free from chemicals and animal ingredients. Use with reusable make-up rounds that you can pop in the washing machine. Do a patch test before use (dab a bit on wrist, inner elbow or behind ear, where skin is thinner) and leave for 48 hours. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy and nursing.
Flawless Hydrating Toner is made with organic rose and lavender, to soothe sensitive skin, and contains a little witch hazel, but not too much. It’s sold in a glass bottle, and can also be bought as part of the Flawless Zero Waste Facial Set which contains a matching Micellar Water (a gentle cleanser with aloe vera and lavender) and 6 organic cotton reusable makeup remover pads, and a mesh cotton laundry bag.
- Haoma Organic Toner is a deeply nourishing organic blend of witch hazel and hemp oil, along with essential oils of geranium, frankincense, cypress and clary sage. Unlike harsh toners, this will leave your skin quenched of its thirst. You can recycle the plastic top with household waste recycling.
- Rosewater (or orange blossom water) is made by distilling flowers/fruits. Used also to flavour cakes & ice-cream.
- Witch hazel is from a native American herb, but on its own can be too harsh for many skins. It also does not help acne if used alone (which is caused by excess sebum from hormones or diet – you can’t cure acne by ‘drying up your skin’).