Should You Use Toner Before Or After Moisturiser?

Woman applying skincare toner

With skincare routines becoming increasingly hectic, it can be hard to know which order products should be applied. This is no different with toners, which come with all sorts of active and natural ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. If you’re wondering when in your skincare routine you should apply toner, read on:

So, toner before or after moisturiser?

Typically the rule is that you should apply toner before moisturising. As a matter of fact, you should be applying your facial toner before any serums, moisturiser, SPF and make-up. Toner should be applied first thing after cleansing. This means optimal absorption and best results from the treatment.

Toning first thing after cleansing will help you remove any residual dirt or oils you missed during the washing process. Not only will it help achieve a thorough cleanse, toners now include a variety of active ingredients to help supercharge your complexion.

Some of the ingredients you should be looking to find in your toner:

Glycolic Acid: An AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) with excellent exfoliating properties. Aids in sloughing off the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, more even complexion. Also boosts collagen production, and can therefore reduce signs of aging

Rose Water: Rose water possesses excellent hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. Read more about Rose Water here.

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera gel has a soothing, cooling effect on the skin, and can help reduce inflammation. Read more about Aloe Vera here

Salicylic Acid: A god send for oily skin sufferers and acne sufferers alike. Salicylic acid is an BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid) which exfoliates deep into the pores to reduce blackheads and minimise oiliness. Also helps control redness, sebum production and inflammation.

Hyaluronic Acid: A particularly beneficial ingredient for dry skin sufferers. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant which works to draw moisture into the skin, making it plump and bouncy.

To sum it up

Always use toner first thing after cleansing to reap the full benefits of the solution. Some of the ingredients you should be looking to find in your toner include; Glycolic acid; Rose water; Aloe vera; Salicylic acid and Hyaluronic acid, depending on your skin concerns.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick read, let us know which toners you’re using in the comments below! 🙂