Making the switch to green beauty isn’t something that happens overnight. I have spent the last 5 months making the switch to all-natural skincare and I’m still slowly converting my makeup collection. As I’ve been using products up, I’ve been replacing them with natural alternatives. I thought it might be helpful to document parts of my journey for those who are looking to make the switch but don’t know where to begin. Today’s product focus: facial toners.
As Caroline Hirons says, “Toners are the Marmite of the skincare world.” They are typically used after cleansing to balance the skin and help with the absorption of any serums/oils/creams that you will most likely use after them. I love toners, I use a few different types depending on what my skin needs that day. I also use them all throughout the day. At the computer, on my lunch break, in the line up at Starbucks (for real). There are three basic functions that come with toners: exfoliating, hydrating, and balancing. Here are a few natural alternatives for each category:
Exfoliating Toners. I used the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads for quite some time. They are easy to use, very gentle (good for sensitive skin), and made with both lactic acid and glycolic acid. A great way to chemically exfoliate daily. They are actually free of parabens and harsh chemicals, so not the worst option out there. But I’m striving for 100% natural so I looked for a good alternative to this and was pleasantly surprised with the Éminence Organics Sweet Red Rose Tonique. Oh, yes! This toner is made with rose petals and lemon to soothe and refresh the skin. It’s also made with salicylic acid to chemically exfoliate. Great for gentle daily exfoliation and easily a new favourite in my collection.
Hydrating Toners. I used the brand Biotherm longer than any other brand out there. My skin really loved how hydrating it was (especially their face cream). So when the time came to move on I had to find something to replace my Biotherm Instant Hydration Toning Lotion. Since I have a large toner collection, I wanted to find something extremely hydrating. A formula that specialized in plumping and treating the skin naturally. Insert Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence. An absolute dream! Have you tried this? It’s a little pricey, but worth every penny. Made with hyaluronic acid and natural humectants to literally draw moisture into your skin and lock it there. The organic flower water makes it smell so good that I have to limit myself to how much I use it. I noticed a difference in my skin after only a few uses.
Balancing Toners. These are toners that are good for most skin types and work well all throughout the day. Great options for someone new to the game or someone who wants just one toner instead of seven. Nude Skincare Purify Toning Water was one I picked up a while back and didn’t end up loving. The packaging is lovely, but the product didn’t do much for my skin. Then I discovered Leahlani Skincare Vitamin C Toner + Spritzer. This one, along with her Lavender Spritzer are ones I will repurchase again and again. I actually have bottles of these stashed everywhere and use them over top of makeup, at the beach, at work, on my friends! A great natural toner to start with. Another great one to have around is the Nezza Naturals Rose Water. Simple, pure, good for all skin types. I use this to set my makeup at the start of the day and as the last thing before I fall asleep at night.
Have you tried any of these? What are you favourite natural facial toners?