Saturday, July 25, 2009

Face Toner.. Need or No??

I have this question on my mind since a week ago, about the importance using a face toner. (What I mean is not the makeup remover-toner, no.. It's the facial toner that you use after washing your face in the morning)
I have to admit, I never consider including face toner in my daily beauty ritual. I thought, "Why would I need face toner? I mean, isn't washing your face is enough?" Well, you know that this is because my 1st attempt to try a face toner was a bit of a fiasco (I mean it!).. My face become so dried up.. Redness pop out the next hours, and my skin felt weird.. >_< (Horrible experience, I must say..) For many years, I've given up in using toner. Not again, I said. I thought so.. But, girl.. I was wrong.. T_T When I see this post, , I can see now why that horrible experience happened.. I was using a face toner with alcohol content in it! Big No No.. My skin is oily-sensitive.. So, alcohol is NOT in my beauty-dictionary. (Remember that!) ^^
Turns out that face toner is actually a big help for you, you do need it, all beauty lovers out there.. If you're doing it the right way, you can see the benefits.
So, first, you have to find what suits your skin. I've searched a bit in the net and from several of my fave brand, and I've found these face toner..
(These are my wishlist, anyway, hehe.. Feel free to look up for more inspiration..)

Etude House O2 White Toner
Clears away surface residues to promote clear, brightened complexion.
Contains Arbutin for skin whitening.
Contains oxygenated water & O2 carrier complex for skin revitalization.
Brightening + Moisture + Oxygen Supply
Toner: Removes facial residues and subdues irritation.

(It seems pretty good, isn't it? We do need O2 for more just breathing)

Missha Super Aqua Pore Clarifying Toner (150ml)
An extension of the Super Aqua Pore Care range, the Pore Clarifying Toner soothes and refreshes tired sensitive skin and penetrates deep into the pores to cleanse and tighten. The result is clearer, smoother, more radiant skin. (I think it suits my oily skin.. Maybe I'll look for it the next time I go to Bandung..)

Skin Food Fresh Juice Toner

A vitamin complex toner made with Vita C Fruit Complex for skin vitality and Vita E Vegetable Complex for skin elasticity. Adds moisture, freshness, and vitality to the skin.

Apply evenly after cleansing and gently tap the skin to absorb.

(Fresh Juice on your face? Sounds delicious, hehe..)

Skin Food Gold Caviar Toner
A gratifying toner formulated with visible pure gold, softens the skin, and with Russian caviar, counters wrinkles and fortifies, nourishes, and firms up the skin.

Apply and smooth evenly on face after cleansing, and gently pat to allow complete skin absorption.

(Gold Caviar?? It has great ingredients, and it looks very luxurious.. Interesting, anyone??)

The Face Shop Ice Flower Hydra Toner
Formulated with mineral-rich Ice Flower water complex(10%) and the ingredients with exceptional water retaining ability this invigorating moisturizing line delivers energy and minerals for revitalization and keeps skin glowing. Skin will be fresh and shine-free.
Contains oil-absorbing powder. Removes impurities and excess sebum while hydrating skin without feeling sticky.
(I think it matches my skin very well.. TFS, here I come!! ^^)

The Face Shop White Tree Vita Skin Refiner
Formulated with vitamin C-rich vitamin tree extract, this line brightens and clarifies skin for a radiant, flawless complexion and lightens dark spot, hyper pigmentation.
This functional whitening toner lifts off old, dead surface cells while improving cell turnover for brighter skin
(I've been looking toner that also has whitening power, seems very interesting..^^)
OK, have your toner ready? Now it's show time..
There are 2 ways to use this face toner:
1. Use a cotton pad to apply toner. Not just pat 'em on your face. But let it stay there, use several cotton pads and put it like a mask that covers your face. Let it for 5-10 minutes (or longer, if you want..) Don't rinse off. I get this tip from a beauty blogger friend, who has 'the' most amazing-flawless skin. So, trust her (and me)..hehe.. ^^
2. Use spray. If your toner is in spray bottle, then it's not a problem. But if it's not, put some of them in the spray bottle (you can get that everywhere), and then Spray! Spray! on your face like a face mist. You might find this more convenient, hehe.. ^^
One thing that I get from those beauty experts out there: after you wash your skin in the morning/evening, your skin will get dehydrated. Because your face wash take some of the moisture out of your face, along with dead cells, oil, dirt, etc. So, you need a toner to hydrate them again.
That's why, after I wash my face, put moisturizer and want to put on my makeup, I kinda feel like my skin isn't ready yet.. It lacks of moisture. That's why..
Hope it helps you beauty lovers out there! ^^v