To tone or not to tone?

We all know the mantra, cleanse tone and moisturise! But I must admit I just never bothered with the toner section, that is until my recent purchase of White Tea Facial Mist by Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Once part of the trinity of skincare, toner has become the somewhat forgotten addition in recent years.  There is much disagreement out there as to whether it is needed at all. Some claim it’s no longer necessary. In the past cleansers tended to leave heavy residues and toner was an essential next step to remove this before moisturising. However changing formulas means that this is no longer a problem so many people no longer bother with toner.

The toner that converted me!

The toner that converted me!

Of course some people still see toners as an important part of skincare as they can remove excess oils, so are a worthy addition for those with oily skin or acne. I have dehydrated, sensitive skin so I’ve just never felt the need to add toner, especially since the number of products in my regime is reaching ridiculous proportions. However there is a reason they reached these levels and being the product junkie I am of course when the opportunity to test the waters came, I gave in without much of a fight.

At the recent Pro Beauty show in the RDS I wandered over to Neal’s Yard Remedies stand with the intention of picking up the Wild Rose Beauty Balm but much to my disappointment this was already sold out and the White Tea Facial Mist found its way into my hands instead.

Described as a gentle facial mist which can be spritzed for a hydrating boost, or used after cleansing as a toner, this works to calm, refresh and rehydrate the skin. It is infused with antioxidant white tea, calming organic aloe vera, aromatherapeutic organic essential oils and soothing Bach Flower Remedies.  It is also 92% organic, paraben free and vegan friendly.

Perfect to hydrate and boost dehydrated and sensitive skin with anti-oxidants I decided this would be just the product to pop my toner cherry, and it didn’t disappoint! I found this hydrating, soothing and refreshing and my skin has been noticeably smoother and more hydrated since adding this to my routine which is always a good thing.

I love the Neal’s Yard vintage style blue glass bottles; they look so pretty and dainty. I really love packaging that looks nice enough to leave out on your dresser.   You can pick up 45ml of this for a very reasonable €14.50 through the NYR Organic website here or use it to locate a local consultant to buy products.

This very successful foray into the world of toners has made me curious to sample more and I’ve heard rave reviews about Pixie Glow tonic so that may be next on the list. Do you use toner as part of your routine and what others should I try?