Cleanse, tone, moisturize ― those three steps have long been ingrained in our minds as the basis of a skin care routine. Despite that, three of the dermatologists we spoke to revealed they don’t actually use toner themselves.
“Some people like to use toners, if they feel like their skin’s really oily, but I don’t find it super necessary,” Jaber said.
“Many toners contain alcohol which is drying (which may be fine if you have oilier, acne-prone skin),” Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, a board-certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, told HuffPost by email. “Instead, I spritz my face with rose water in the morning before applying vitamin C and SPF. I find the rose water helps to hydrate my skin and it can also calm down any inflammation since it contains various vitamins and antioxidants. Once it dries, I apply a vitamin C serum and then sunscreen.”
“I don’t use a toner and I don’t see any need for a toner, because toners are classically alcohol-based, and I don’t think they add anything to skin care,” Nazarian said. “They certainly don’t enhance my skin care. These days, a lot of the toners are different ― they’re not alcohol-based, but they’re more the Korean sense of a toner, where they’ll prep the skin for better absorption. They’re basically wetting the skin, so when you wet skin, things absorb better. I just put a lot of products on after the shower after I wash my face, so I don’t feel the need to ever pay for a toner.”