So I do get quite a few questions on a weekly basis, and I try to answer all of them to the best of my ability but sometimes I get swamped and tend to forget a handful along the way. That’s why I decided to create a weekly column called “Skin care FAQ”…I’m going to take some of your most popular questions and answer them (simple, huh?)! Last week I got a really good question from one of my readers to get the ball rolling, and today I’m going to talk about why your cleanser and toner should almost always be paired off (so your Clinique cleanser better be used with a Clinique toner). This one’s a good one, so I urge you to stay tuned for an absolutely essential skin care crash course!
“I buy most of my skin care from The Bay, but I get worried because a lot of products recommend a line of products or a certain product to work in conjuction with them…do I have to use products from the same line to achieve flawless skin?”
The answer (for the most part) is no, aside from your cleanser and toner whatever else you use can come from wherever! The only reason why it’s so important to keep your cleanser and toner in the same family is because when used in conjunction they help to ensure that your skin is returned to the proper pH balance after the cleansing process…now, keep in mind that depending on your skin type a proper pH level is anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 (the measure is out of 14, 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline). Typically cleansers are alkaline while toners are more acidic…this means that if you’re using a cleanser from Clinique and a toner from Vichy that the products weren’t formulated to work together and there’s a possibility that they’re going to imbalance your skin’s pH levels and compromise the acid mantle sitting on the skin.
The acid mantle is like a film on the face that’s made up of amino acids, urea, minerals, sweat and the like…it prevents bacterial invasion into the skin, locks in moisture, helps to protect the skin from UV rays, cold, heat and pollution…guess what happens if you’re compromising that? That’s right, you’re exposing your skin to a ton of elements that are going to speed up the aging process, possibly cause bacterial infections (even pimples are bacterial infections) and the list tends to trail on…It’s so important to keep your cleanser and toner paired off simply to ensure that you don’t risk any of these implications and don’t have to worry about throwing your money away.
Important note – This also goes to show you why you need a toner. So many people like to think that they’re outdated, and this is a completely untrue perception of them. A toner helps to remove anything left behind by your cleanser (including the cleanser itself) and helps to restore acidity to the skin, thus balancing your pH levels…so to anyone (this is especially true for bloggers) saying that toners are an outdated method of cleansing, you’re on your own.
I’m still looking for questions, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org