Glycolic Acid Toner
I’d like to pose two very simple questions to you today and your answers will help determine whether you could benefit from the facial treatment of a glycolic acid toner.
1. Do you suffer from dry flaky skin?
2. Is your skin oily or slick and prone to acne?
If you answered yes to either of those questions it is more than likely that you and your skin will benefit from the ph balancing properties of a suitable glycolic toner.
But what is a glycolic acid toner I hear you ask and what does it do to help my skin feel balanced and natural?
Are glycolic acid toners even necessary?
Public opinion is split as to the actual relevance and benefit that toning adds to a total skin care regime. Many leading cosmetic beauticians argue that toner is simply glorified water that serves no other purpose than to inflate our already high cosmetic expenses and act as a placebo beauty product.
On the other side of the equation are what I call the believers, or those who promote toning as a positive contributor to the skin beautifying process. This camp believes that toners certainly impact a skins ph level and can help control the side effects of dry or oily skin.
I’m going to let it be said that I am definately a pro toner person. Never before until I had completed my first facial skin care regime using a glycolic acid toner had my face felt so completely crisp and fresh…I’m telling you it was utter bliss!
Now if you are reading this article and don’t believe that a toner is necessary in your skin care product line up then that is absolutely fine. You could either continue reading this article to ponder the merits of the other side of the fence, or perhaps you would like to learn about glycolic acid creams and why they truly should be utilised as a tool in your array of beautification equipment.
I want to use a toner…how can a glycolic toner help me achieve my skin care goals?
The main goal of a glycolic acid toner is to help restore your skins ph level to that of a natural range, the natural (normal) range for facial skin is a ph level of between 4.5 – 6…any higher than this and your skin will tend to be oily and any lower than this and you will have dry, flaky or scaly looking skin.
A glycolic toning product should be the second tool used in your daily skin beautification toolkit, this coincides with the second major use of this toning product: to remove excess facial cleanser or other residue left on the face after the first step in your skin care regime, the intensive face wash.
Ok so lets put it all in perspective and let me explain to you how the toner will help deliver to you beautiful silky soft skin by balancing your natural ph levels and removing excess dirt and grime.
How do I choose a glycolic acid toner that is right for me?
Once you have finished the first step in cleaning your face, removing any old crusted makeup, cleaning any dirt, oils and other impurities that may be on your skin it is time to apply the toner.
Now remember it is the goal of the glycolic toner to restore the natural ph balance in your skin and to completely rid your face of any excess impurities left over from the intensive face wash you just administered.
Because a toner acts as a ph balancer it is incredibly important that you choose a toner that has a ph level that will help adjust your own ph level within the natural ph range. Let me explain this concept just a little bit further.
The natural level for facial skin ph is between 4.5 and 6…so if you have oily or slick skin, your skin ph level will be higher than 6. So you will need to choose a skin toner that has a ph level at the lower end of the normal ph range, possibly a 4 or a 4.5.
However if you have dry or flaky skin then your skin ph level will be lower than the normal range. As such it will be much more beneficial for you to find a glycolic toner that has a ph level at the upper end of the ph spectrum, anywhere from 5.5 – 6.5.
So now once you have decided which end of the ph spectrum your toner should fall it is important that you know how to properly use the toner to help improve your skin.
How do I use a glycolic acid toner on my skin?
Follow these steps to ensure you achieve the most effective skin cleanse and you will have soft, smooth beautiful skin in no time at all…
Step 1: Thoroughly wash your face with glycolic facial cream …
This step is very self explanatory but it is hugely important that you get it right in order to lay a solid foundation for the rest of your facial cleanse and beautification. The first thing to do is ensure that your hands are totally clean and grime free. After this is done I usually splash my face with a bit of warm water in order to help the cleansing cream be applied and spread to all the skin cells on my face.
Once your face has been prepped it’s time to apply the glycolic skin cream. It is best to apply the skin cream to your face with either cotton buds or cotton balls, simply coat your cotton ball/bud with an appropriate amount of cleaner and apply it to your face in circular motions. If the cotton bud or ball becomes too dirty then simply replace it with a fresh one and continue to process. Ensure that you have applied cream to all areas of your face including nose, neck, forehead, chin and cheeks.
Allow the cleasing cream to sit for approximately 1 – 2 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Step 2: Apply the glycolic acid toner …
It is important that skin toner always be applied to a thoroughly cleansed face, if not it will not be able to do its job cleaning excess dirt and grime from your face and restoring your skin to the natural ph range.
Toner just like a facial cleanser should be applied to the face using either a cotton bud or a cotton ball. Apply the glycolic toner to the cotton ball or bud until it is adequately hydrated. Gently dab the toner onto your facial and neck areas. Be careful not to touch your now cleansed and toned face with any foreign objects that may contain dirt, grime or other contaminant that will dirty your skin.
The reason you do not want to touch your face at this time with any sort of contaminant is because your face will be extremely sensitive and receptive to collecting dirt and grime. Your pores and skin cells have been bombarded with beautification materials and as such are much more likely to be affected by these contaminants at this time.
Step 3: Apply a glycolic mousturizer …
No facial beautification and cleansing process is complete until a mousturizer is applied to the skin. Once you have both cleansed and toned your skin, apply a mouturizing product to your skin in order to keep it hydrated. This in turn will add an exclamation mark to your facial cleansing routine and have your skin looking and feeling 110%.
Are there any precautions I should be aware of?
While the benefits of using a glycolic acid toner are I believe quite fantastic, there are some common precautions you should follow when using the toner in your skin care regime. Consider the following:
- If your toner causes any redness, itching, burning or peeling cease use immediately. You may be able to find a softer toner that uses different ingredients than your current toner – toners that contain rosewater are commonly known to be a softer skin toner
- It is best to conduct your face care regime and apply your skin toner at night time. Conducting the cleansing regime can leave your skin susceptible to sun burn. So if you must conduct your skin cleansing in the morning ensure that you provide yourself with adequate protection from the elements later in the day
What glycolic acid toner should I buy?
Now that you know the ins and outs of what a glycolic acid toner is, how it can be used and what precautions to be aware of it is time to go out and try this amazing product for yourself.
For those with dry skin we recommend a toner that has a ph level at the higher end of the natural ph range, anywhere from 5 – 6.5 should be fine.
For those with oily or slick skin it will be important that the ph level be at the lower end of the natural ph range, anywhere from 3.5 – 5 should be fine.
As we have explained in this article a variety of complementary products should be used in conjunction with a glycolic acid toner to achieve optimal results and have your skin looking and feeling like a million dollars. To achieve a complete all around skin beautification regime try combining a glycolic toner with a glycolic facial cream and a glycolic mousturizer for superior results.
While you are on the topic looking for ways to really enhance your facial treatment beautification regime, why not take a look at a home microdermabrasion treatment that even the biggest Hollywood stars are using today!