This Budget Buy Will Transform Your Skincare Routine
Cleanse, tone, moisturise.
Before the introduction of the now famous 10-step Korean skincare routine, many Australian women grew up happily devoted to this tried-and-true beauty mantra. It seems strange now, in the age of serums and sheet masks, to think back to a regime so simple, so basic. Yet, as the wonderful world of research and technology has marched on, and we've added in ampoules, leave-on exfoliants and sleep masks, few have stuck by the original middle step. Why?
Toners were originally designed to return the PH levels of the skin back to normal, and also used to remove the last traces of makeup before applying moisturiser. (Both these functions are no longer needed thanks to modern gentle-but-effective cleansers.) No surprises then, that toners fell out of favour a long time ago. Only, toners have changed.
The new breed (also known as essences and lotions) are more about addressing individual skin concerns like dullness and dryness. They infuse the skin with moisture and nourishing ingredients, and even help the skincare you apply afterwards absorb better. The best bit? Even supermarket brands pack a punch in this category. You'll find an impressive lineup of antioxidant-packed versions available at your local Priceline. So if you do just one thing to juice up your skincare regime going into autumn (season of dull, dry skin), add in a toner.
Keep scrolling to shop three Byrdie-approved toners.