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As skin ages, it begins to loose its elasticity. Due to age and things like pollution, weather and other harmful things in atmosphere, the epidermal cells gradually lose their capacity to produce new cells. As result, the face and other body parts starts sagging and start showing wrinkles.

The skin is freshened and rejuvenated using toning lotions. They help to increase the blood supply to the skin. At the same time, toning can help keep it clear and firm by cleaning the oil and reducing pore size.


# The rose is an excellent skin toner. Make rose water by mixing one tablespoon rose oil with two a
nd half litres of purified water. Store it in refrigerator.
# Take a piece of potato and rub it over the face and neck. Wash your skin after 15 minutes. This is very effective for oily skin.
# Oily skinned people should tone with an astringent lotion, applying to the oiliest places, that is sides of the nose, chin and forehead.


And there is a wonderful mask to narrow pores and benefit of all types of skins and is a (4 spoons food starch water teaspoon teaspoon rose water

Mix the ingredents well then placed to the fire until Thickens continued strength then put it on a plate until it gets cool and then placed on the face and neck until dried. . . Almost a quarter of an hour and then washed with water and finally ordinary cold water.Lhd starch and excellent skin and closing pores
 

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I am in esthetician school and there we were taught that toning is not an essential part of aging prevention. Toner is actually used to give a fresh, nice feeling on your face. Toner can also be used after washing your face with a cleansing oil. It helps remove all leftover oil that you didn't completly wash off. But don't worry, if you enjoy the feeling of toner, it doesn't harm your skin in any way. So you can continue as is.
 

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Why Using a Toner as Part of Your Skin Care Regime is Important

As women are experiencing ever increasing demands on their time, many have opted out of using a toner in their skin care regime and only use cleansing and moisturising as the key steps to keeping their skin looking healthy, vibrant and young.

This is however a big mistake, as toning is a very important part of a daily skin care regime. Toning follows the cleansing routine and actually serves some important functions.

1. Toning closes the pores of the skin. Once cleansing of the skin has been completed, the pores tend to be open and therefore slightly enlarged. As a result, moisture can leave the skin, which in return dehydrates the skin. This is not a desired effect on the contrary loss of moisture from the skin is highly undesirable.

2. Closing of the pores has another benefit. It stops dust and other air born particles from settling in the pores and potentially causing problems. In addition, good quality, natural toners are anti-septic and provides moisture and nutrients to the skin, preparing the skin for the third step in a skin care regime - Moisturising.

Some skin care companies have tried to eliminate the need for this step combining the cleansing and toning steps into one step and formulated their cleansers to include toning functions.

Now think about this for a second and you will realise how ridiculous this concept is. A cleanser is supposed to open the pores and remove dirt and stale natural oils from the pores and thus cleansing the skin. A toner, as we discussed above, is designed to close to pores... See the contradiction? It cannot possibly work.

Any astringent (substance that closes the pores) cannot be applied to the skin at the same time as a product that is supposed to open and cleanse the pores. It just does not work. The whole idea is just to market a product to time-poor women by telling them they can combine these to steps and thus save time.

Unfortunately most women do not fully understand just how their skin care products work. They like them, their skin may even look good and the products therefore appear to be doing their job. In reality however, these types of skin care products are only doing a moderate amount of caring for the skin and the bulk of the products do very little at all except look good on the shelf and cost money.

The three steps in any good daily skin care regime must include cleansing, toning and moisturising. In addition, you should always consider using natural skin care products, as there are too many synthetic and artificial chemicals in commercially made skin care products which may actually do you harm.

Let’s look at a natural toner and it’s ingredients to understand how they actually work. I’ll use the one my company makes as an example. There are other good quality toners.

The Wild Herb Toner from Wildcrafted Herbal Products is used for oily skin and has a number of specifically chosen ingredients, which include:

Rosemary, Witch hazel, Juniper Berry and Peppermint. These herbs and essential oils are chosen for their toning and invigorating effects on the skin, while Grapefruit, Niaouli and Sweet Orange refresh the skin and combine to maintain normal sebum (oil) secretion.

Rosemary oil is effective in the care of oily and sluggish skin being rejuvenating and promoting circulation.
Witch hazel (a herbal extract) is strongly astringent and anti-inflammatory.
Juniper berry oil has a tonic effect on oily skin, while Peppermint is used for its cooling and refreshing actions on the skin.

As with most of the citrus oils, essential oil of Grapefruit has a cleansing and toning effect on the skin and is particularly good for oily and congested skin. It tightens puffy skin and reduces enlarged pores and helps to disperse pockets of accumulated fluid and impurities.
Similarly, the Hydrosol of Niaouli is tonic and antiseptic to the skin and is particularly good for use on oily skin types. The essential oil of Sweet Orange is added for its fragrance and its gentle action on normalising oily skin.

Now you might have noticed, that several of the citrus oils are indeed also cleansing in their actions. Do not confuse using cleansing in conjunction with a toner as meaning cleansing of pores. Pores will close as soon as an astringent is used, however, the area of skin that is not a pore, will get a cleansing effect and removing of stale, natural oils.

The distinction must be made between what you want a product to do. You may be able to use similar oils or herbal extracts, but there are specific actions that must be focused on. If you are formulating a cleanser you cannot use herbs or essential oils that have an astringent action or else you will not be able to cleanse the pores of the skin.

If on the other hand you are formulating a toner, an astringent action must be one of its key actions and thus it is formulated to closing the pores, preventing cleaning of the pores.

It is really quite simple and once you know what each of the steps are designed to do, it is easy to see why the 3-Step daily skin care regime is important.

Hope this clarifies things

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Chemicals you do not want on your skin

This is a 'short-list' of some of the more hazardous and toxic chemicals you will often find in your skin and personal care products. Take a very close look at the lables of your skin and personal care products, including your hair shampoo and conditioner and see if any of these potentially toxic chemicals described here are listed on the label.

If they are there, you should seriously consider finding an alternative that does not contain any of these chemicals and toss the old products out. They are not good for your and your families health.

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and/or Ethyl Paraben

Used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of skin and personal care products. Parabens have been reported to have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Studies have shown that they are weakly estrogenic and can be absorbed by the body through the skin. Widely used even though they are potentially toxic. (See Scientific Literature - sorry there's not active link here - it will be added once I can submit links in the forum).

Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)

DEA and TEA are often used in cosmetics and shampoos as emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are "amines" (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. They are toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. (See Scientific Literature).

Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea

These are widely used preservatives. The American Academy of Dermatology has found them to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals contains a good antifungal agent, and they must be combined with other preservatives. Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic. (See Scientific Literature).

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

A cheap, harsh detergent used in shampoos, bubble baths, hand and body wash products for its cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase "comes from coconuts." It causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Avoid at all cost. (See Scientific Literature).

Methylisothiazoline (MIT)

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) is a biocide widely used in industrial and cosmetic products and has been shown to pose a potential risk to unborn babies. It is widely used in shampoos and there very well could be neuro-developmental consequences from Mit. It is of particularly concerned to women with occupational exposure to MIT during pregnancy as there is a possibility of risk to the foetus. Avoid at all cost. (See Scientific Literature).

Petrolatum

Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for its emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap. Most Petro-chemicals are carcinogens and are to be avoided. (See Scientific Literature).

Propylene Glycol

Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural. Usually it is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant. It has been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) or PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels, beware—these are related synthetics. The natural versions are fine and perfectly safe, not so their synthetic counter parts.

PVP/VA Copolymer

A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, styling aids and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since inhaled particles can damage the lungs of sensitive persons. Most Petro-chemicals are carcinogens.

Stearalkonium Chloride

A plant-derived ingredient, it reduces static electricity by neutralizing electrical charges on hair, and is a good conditioning agent. It is a quaternary ammonium compound also used in hair conditioners and creams. Developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, it is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which are beneficial to the hair. Causes allergic reactions. Potentially toxic.

Synthetic Colors

Used to make cosmetics "pretty," synthetic colors, along with synthetic hair dyes, should be avoided at all costs. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 3 / D&C Green No. 6. Many synthetic colors can be carcinogenic. If a cosmetic contains them, don't use it. (See Scientific Literature).

Synthetic Fragrances

The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply read "fragrance." Some problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation—the list goes on. Synthetic fragrances should be avoided. Be careful when looking at these because often the lable may say "fragrance of Lavender", or fragrance of "Rose" or similarly popular essential oils. Fragrance of = Synthetic, NOT the real essential oil.


There are thousands more chemicals and it is not the intention of this article to bore you to tears, but rather to alert you to some of the most commonly used chemicals which are found in most brands on your department store and supermarket shelves.

So keep you eyes on the ingredients and think twice if you see any of the above on the list

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Toner is important. The proper toner helps to restore the proper PH balance before going on to other products. Ask your teacher to go over what happens to the skins acid mantle when you wash your face....then ask what the toner is good for....
 

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Well Happy Birthday to you!!!


What toner do you use?
 

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The Best Toners I have tried are Thayers Alcohol Free Lavender Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera and NCN Carrot Seed Toner.

The Thayers Lavender Witch Hazel Toner has lavender, unprocessed witch hazel, aloe vera, grapefruit seed extract, grape, glycerin, and vitamin E (tocopherol acetate).

Lavender is known for its skin healing benefits and eliminating redness, and brightening up skin tone. Witch Hazel contstricts blood vessels for a soothing even tone. Vitamin E is essential for the skin structure/collagen levels. Aloe Vera and Glycerin softens, moisturizers, and heals. Grapefruit seed extract disinfects.

It leaves my skin very clean and is better than the 55 dollar toners at Sephora online. And it only costs 6.50 online for a 12 ounce that lasts 4 to 5 months, used twice a day after washing.

The other toner is from NCNproskincare.com, and its called the Carrot Seed Toner. Carrot Seed has essential anti aging benefits and it controls oil. This toner brightens and perks up the skin with continued use and it is alcohol free. It has natural and skin detox ingredients such as blue algea, seaweed, norway kelp, aloe vera juice, and carrot seed toner. This toner costs 15 dollars for a 8 ounce that lasts 3 months.

Cost wise, I would go for the Thayers Lavender Witch Hazel, but they are both very effective.



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I need to just bite the bullet and try the Carrot Seed Toner. I still use my PCA toner or straight witch hazel as a toner.

Does the Carrot Seed toner smell like carrots? I don't like that smell-
 

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It has a floral/herbal medicinal scent that disappears after your toner absorbs. I hope you are using an alcohol free witch hazel toner. Also, gymrat, give the Thayers Lavender Witch Hazel a try, they sell it at vitacost so next time put that on your list.



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You know what.......good call LnL I don't know if my witch hazel is alcohol free. I will have to check that out.

I will try the Thayers, they sell it at a health food store I visit often. Do you think Thayers is better than the Carrot Seed?? Be honest
 

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Skin toning makes your skin more youthful and rejuvenated. It gets rid of ageing looks, harmful effects from pollution, and other debris found in the atmosphere. Tone you skin by using cotton balls with astringents. Always use only organic products on skin to ensure the glow for years.
 

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Skin toning makes your skin more youthful and rejuvenated. It gets rid of ageing looks, harmful effects from pollution, and other debris found in the atmosphere. Tone you skin by using cotton balls with astringents. Always use only organic products on skin to ensure the glow for years.
I use whatever works best for my skin. I am not prone to just organic products. Doesn't really matter to me what it is, as long as it shows results.
 

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Just one thought - pores don't open and close!!!
 
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