The traditional next step after cleansing your face it to apply toner. The toner’s primary ingredient is typically some sort of astringent, something that causes your skin to contract or “pucker up” so that your skin is tighter, less saggy, i.e. toned. This step basically tightens the canvas so makeup goes on straighter and smoother.
However, we view the Toning step as another ideal opportunity to deliver nutrition and healing. If you consider that you apply toner to the thinnest skin on your body about 300 times per year, it makes sense that you can do a lot of good, or a lot of harm, during this step.
Now, the actual ingredients in toners is all over the map. For example, Neutrogena’s alcohol-free toner contains some unsavory ingredients, such as: Benzalkonium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Fragrance. If you haven’t taken time to check the ingredients used in your toner, you really should.
At New Harmony Soap we have created 3 Moisturizing Face Toner formulations – all featuring a “Normal/ Balanced Skin” base of:
Witch Hazel Distillate – Natural astringent and toner ideal for sensitive skin. Also reduces swelling, puffiness, and inflammation.
Cucumber Peel Extract – Renowned for anti-inflammatory and skin-tightening properties, rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes essential for strong cell growth and repair.
Sodium Lactate – A potent humectant and moisturizer derived from beets and corn.
Lactobacillus Ferment – A probiotic that balances skin microflora and improves absorption of fruit and plant extracts.
For Dry and Aging Skin We Add…
Apple Extract – Contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which refines and rejuvenates the skin. Known for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties, making it perfect for dry or mature skin. Has exceptional elastase inhibition activity, making it suitable for treatments aimed at maintaining the skin’s youthful elasticity.
Watermelon Fruit Extract – Supports UV-stressed immune system of the skin and can be used to prevent photo-aging. This extract also helps protect skin from everyday toxins and promotes cell-renewal.
For Oily and Acne-prone Skin We Add…
Papaya Fruit Extract – Excellent stabilizer of oily skin. Also provides natural lift and rejuvenation.
We believe the Cleansing and Toning steps can make a huge difference in the health of your skin, and the natural beauty and youthfulness of your complexion, all before you put on makeup.