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Facial toner: what is and why men should use it for their skin

A facial toner is important to remove dirt from pores, improve the skin by balancing its PH and solve excessive sebum production

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Although you may know the meaning of the word “tone” because you heard it in the gym, in the context of physical exercises, when it comes to the skin of your face it seems almost a new, unknown term.


Yet, just like your body, your skin may need to be stimulated, to be invigorated. And the facial toner is the right tool to do all this and, if used daily, it can help our skin a lot.

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What is a facial toner

Don’t be fooled by the name: a facial toner isn’t a miracle product that can shrink pores (which are largely genetic) or clean your face (it’s like thinking about cleaning without first sweeping!)

The tonic should actually be used immediately after washing the face to eliminate dirt from our pores, improve the surface of the skin by balancing its PH level and solve some specific skin problems, such as excessive sebum production.

Obviously, no facial tonic can have all these functions at the same time. This is why it’s always important to understand and decide what is best for your skin and then buy the right toner.

In this post, for example, I decided to compare two different types of face toner from the Ole Henriksen brand that perform two different functions: Balancing Force Oil Control Toner and Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner.

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Toner: a comparison

The main function of the Balancing Force Oil Control Toner is astringent, so it manages to eliminate excess sebum without irritating the skin. Contains a blend of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids that also helps minimize pores by simply dissolving the dirt that settles inside.

The main function of Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner instead is lightening, so it manages to reduce the appearance of dark spots on the skin. Contains a high concentration of glycolic and lactic acid which help reduce the appearance of fine lines by dulling the complexion.

Both of these tonics contain acids and therefore it is really important to use them when you are sure you are not very exposed to the sun, or alternatively it is important to use a sunscreen.

So, which action do you prefer for your skin?

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