Today’s link love question comes from the blog “Ask an Esthetician” which you should do as soon as you’re finished looking at our site.
AAE asks…I was wondering what The Beauty Brains thought about the idea that you need to use toner after cleansing in order to restore the skin to its proper pH. I’ve come around to thinking that this is an outdated beauty idea, but I would love to hear your take on it.
The Right Brain responds:
I think “outdated” is a good way to explain it!
What is skin toner and does it restore pH?
Traditional toners consist of witch hazel extract in alcohol (ethanol) which can be drying and irritating to skin. Does this mixture restore skin pH? Well, your skin pH is a result of the skin’s acid mantle, a mixture of sebum (skin oils) and sweat that form on the surface of your skin. This acid mantle keeps the pH of your skin at about 4 to 4.5. A slightly acidic pH protects your skin from becoming infected by harmful bacteria. When you wash your skin you strip away this acid mantle because cleansers are very good at dissolving oils. However, this is not really a problem since your skin will regenerate the acid mantle in just a few hours. Toners don’t impact the regeneration of the acid mantle and are therefore unnecessary. They may feel refreshing but you don’t need them for the sake of pH balance.
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