When aiming for clear skin, toners are the last line of defense against impurities on the skin and in pores. Included in most skin care regimens, toners complete the cleansing process, ridding the skin of any leftover dirt and particles while tightening the pores. The myriad of options for toners is indicative of the world of skin care – it’s diverse. There is a product out there for every skin type featuring a variety of ingredients meant to fight off free radicals, bacteria, excess sebum, and dirt from deep inside the pores. Below are a few ingredients of note.
Commonly used in beauty products, vitamin B5 soothes, heals, moisturizes, and regenerates skin. Because vitamin B5 acts as a humectant, it reduces the amount of water lost, aiding in the preservation of hydration and elasticity in the skin. Within the skin care industry, this ingredient is often used to sooth the effects of eczema, contact dermatitis, acne scarring, and cystic acne.
Phytic acid, also known as phytate, can be found naturally in bran and fruit seeds. In the beauty industry, it is often used in addition to other ingredients as a skin lightener, fighting off the effects of hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. It works by halting the formation of melanin by blocking the entrance of iron and copper in the formation of melanin.
Cucumbers hold a lot of acne-fighting and anti-aging properties. The silica in cucumbers tightens the skin and pores, warding off wrinkles and combatting clogged pores. Cucumber juice, which can be used as an astringent, reduces redness, pain, and scarring, while essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids preserve the health and appearance of the skin.
This holy grail ingredient acts as a natural skin plumper, boosting the amount of collagen in the skin while also acting as a natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air into the skin. Often used in at home peels, glycolic acid also removes the top layer of dead skin, revealing fresh, radiant skin. Along with its presence in toners, glycolic acid is often used in daily care products such as cleansers because a smaller amount in a product can garner results without being an irritant to the skin.
Ancient Egyptians heralded copper as “the fountain of youth.” Thousands of years later, science has been able to incorporate copper in medicines and topical treatments to remedy a myriad of ails. One of the popular variations of copper used in skin care products is copper PCA. In this world, it is often used to improve the elasticity and plumpness of skin, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles for more youthful-looking skin. It is also used to remedy hyperpigmentation and the after effects of acne, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory.
One of the main sources of mandelic acid is bitter almonds. This is acid is an alpha hydroxy native to this nut that is often used to reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation. Melasma can be reduced by up to 50 percent in four weeks. But this acid doesn’t just even skin tones. The antibacterial properties in mandelic acid aid in combatting acne. It is often used in conjunction with salicylic acid to fight cystic acne. By increasing the cell turnover in the skin, it also acts as an anti-aging agent, removing the dead skin on the surface that can lead to fine lines and dull complexion. It also increases collagen, plumping the skin for a more youthful appearance.
BiON Skincare Products
BiON's Refreshing Tonerhas gentle enzyme action to remove cellular debris and therapeutic amino acid action to promote healing. It contains ingredients to increase the water content in the top layers of the skin and is a skin conditioner. Vitamin B5 moisturizes and strengthens the skin, while vitamin C provides free radical protection. It effectively reduces bacteria and has an herbal cucumber aroma.
877-715-2466 or bionresearch.com
Phytic acid is clinically proven to improve skin’s clarity by 52 percent and diminish hyperpigmentation by 34 percent. Hyperpigmentation Treatment Solution by Dermastart utilizes this targeted acid. Hyperpigmentation is decreased by chelating copper to inhibit tyrosinase enzymes involved in melanin formation.
866-589-2949 or dermastart.com
Glo Skin Beauty
Phyto-Active Toning Mist by Glo Skin Beauty is more than a daily hydrator. This light, refreshing mist is infused with a deeply hydrating plant stem cell and small molecule version of hyaluronic acid to help replenish critical moisture in the skin, prevent water loss, and reinforce skin's protective barrier. Supportive nourishing and antioxidant ingredients, including coconut water and cucumber, will revitalize, regenerate, and soothe skin. Spritz anytime throughout the day for an instant refresh!
800-232-0398 or gloskinbeauty.com
Make My Day Beautiful!® Cosmeceutical Skin Care
Good To Glow™ Glycolic Revitalizing Toner by Make My Day Beautiful!® Cosmeceutical Skin Care enables skin to acquire the much desired “glycolic glow,” while completing the daily skin cleansing regime. This refreshing, non-alcohol toner, containing 10 percent glycolic acid, accelerates exfoliation of dead skin cells, allowing skin to benefit completely from nourishing ingredients of serums and creams, applied morning and night. Significant hyaluronic acid content provides cell-plumping hydration.
209-772-3305 or makemydaybeautiful.com
Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care
Plump Me Up Hydrating Mist by Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care is a luxuriously aromatic mist that immediately plumps the look of fine lines and dehydration. Super-hydrators panthenol, algae, glycerin, sodium PCA, copper PCA, and lactic acid assure that skin stays irresistibly soft and youthfully glowing; while a special blend of essential oils and herbal extracts address signs of aging and help keep skin feeling comfortable. Mist onto clean skin or over makeup anytime throughout the day to stay looking refreshed and beautifully hydrated.
707-637-4996 or michelecorleyclinicalskincare.com
Vivant Skin Care
Vivant Skin Care’s Skin Nourishing Toner is antioxidant rich and ultra-refining for even the most sensitive skin. This gently refreshing, alcohol-free toner is a cocktail of transformative, skin nourishing ingredients including mandelic acid to target acne, aging, and discoloration with gentle exfoliation, botanical elements to clear and calm, and rosehip oil to moisturize and protect against environmental stresses and signs of aging. This product has multiple benefits, plus a blissful rose scent.
855-484-8268 or vivantskincare.com