Skin Saavy

To Tone or not to Tone

This seems to be an often asked question and the answer is dependent on each individual’s specific skin needs. Understanding the different types of toning products available today and their effects on the skin can help you to determine whether a toner is a necessary step in your skin regime.

Toners are used to enhance ones specific treatment plan which include; 1) target oil and bacteria, 2) calm, soothe and hydrate, or 3) revitalize the skin by providing nutrients for your skin. Depending on what you what your toner to do, each toner should provide a different set of ingredients.

If a formulation is designed for oil control, pore minimization and reducing acne, look for witch hazel, cucumber, salicylic acid, and glycolic acids. These ingredients will reduce sebum production and rid the skin of dirt and debris. Do beware of formulas with high alcohol content however as these may cause dryness and irritation.  Try our PURIFYING TONER which has the active ingredients of Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid.


For those who suffer with acne and suffer with skin irritation, then our ZINC-AID TONER is your answer! Rich in Zinc-PSA, St. John’s Wort and Niacinamide it is extremely effective in reducing and healing scar damage caused by acne and inflammation.


If sensitive skin is your concern then using a toner as more of a soothing, calming treatment would be ideal. Try our REPLENISHING TONER. Designed to re-balance, hydrate and condition your skin, it will gently and effectively remove the final residue from cleansing. Perfect for even the most sensitive skin, the regenerative properties of Green Tea and moisture-rich Aloe will excel in nourishing and soothing all skin types.


Toners have had an interesting history and have fallen in and out of favor over the years. If chosen properly with the appropriate ingredients and frequency of use for the particular patient, they can be an excellent addition to any skin care regimen.