What is face toner, anyway?

Posted by Arthur Cunha on

To better your skin care routine, it is crucial to understand what’s in your products and why you are using them. Many people like applying toner to a cotton ball and applying it to their skin, for instance, but don’t really understand the purpose. Face toner is generally applied to the skin after cleansing the skin to shrink and close pores. It is also helpful for people with acne-prone or oily skin for that extra cleansing feel. Toners did not have the best reputation back in the day among beauty experts because of their ability to strip natural oils from the skin, but those toners contained alcohol and other harmful ingredients that dried out skin. 

Nowadays, natural skin care brands like Way of Will create toners with silk amino acids derived from the silkworm cocoon to support skin hydration and deliver essential nutrients to the skin without stripping the natural oils from the face. 

Reasons to add toner to your beauty routine

Using a face toner can dramatically enhance the look of your skin by removing excess oil and shrinking pores. Toners can protect the skin by closing pores and reducing impurities from the environment. Believe it or not, alongside their ability to remove oil from the skin, toners act like moisturizers. They are humectants, meaning they preserve the skin’s moisture! The best part: if you are constantly on-the-go and don’t have time to cleanse your face, toner can be used as an alternative to washing your skin to eliminate excess oil and dirt for a refreshed look. 

Looks like water and acts like water

Beauty reporters at Allure magazine say toner “looks like water and acts like water,” so as you can imagine, it is packed with hydrogen and oxygen. Based on the toner, it can contain other ingredients like glycerin, antioxidants, and essential amino acids that build moisture on the skin. Some toners contain synthetic and harsh ingredients like alcohol, phthalates, and parabens, which are skin irritants. Avoid those toners! You want your skin to feel soft supple, not dry and inflamed. 

How should you use toner?

You can use a few different methods, the most popular being with a cotton ball. You can apply a few drops of toner to the cotton ball and gently swipe it all around your face. Another method is to apply it to you hands and softly dab on the skin. 

DIY Toner

You can make your own natural face toner at home using a few simple ingredients to preserve the vitality of your skin. Here’s what you need for a normal/sensitive skin type recipe. Adjust ingredient 

  • 200 mL glass bottle 
  • Purified water
  • Apple cider vinegar functions as an astringent to tighten skin and tighten pores
  • Lavender essential oil to minimize skin irritation and promote hydration 
  • Frankincense essential oil to rejuvenate skin tone and reduce wrinkles 

*Mix 60 mL of apple cider vinegar with 130 mL of purified water. Add 5 drops of Lavender oil and 5 drops of Frankincense oil to the mix. Shake well before use. Use once in the morning and once in the evening before bed. 

After using toner 

Toners help prepare the skin for moisturizers and serums. After applying toner, use a few drops of face serum to lock in moisture. Way of Will’s face serums are created with every skin type in mind and are high in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. 


Do you know any myths about using face toner? Tell us below. 



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