As far as skincare 'fashions' go, toner seems to have fallen from grace of late. It no longer seems to be a key item in most people's skincare routines - indeed, a lot of beauty bloggers and skincare experts say that it really isn't necessary at all.
Where do I stand on this? Well, in my early teens, before I turned into a complete skincare junkie, my Mam and Granny constantly repeated the 'cleanse, tone and moisturise' mantra to me. This led me to a routine that always included toner, and I've rarely been without it since. I like it for after I've used a cream cleanser, to remove any residue and prep my skin for moisturiser. Also, if I'm in a rush in the morning, I will sometimes just swipe toner over my face rather than doing a full cleanse. I think that toner also really suits my combination skin, as it acts as an astringent and banishes surplus oils.
Last month, I was involved in the Trinity Fashion Show, and sourced a few goodies to make up gift bags for the night. I ended up with an assortment of leftovers after the show, including a good few minis of the Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster. I remembered that at a Clarins event a while back, the facialist used a toner on me that felt amazing, so set to using this one immediately.
This toner is quite the fancy one, claiming to 'wake up' the skin with extracts of white tea, green coffee (?) and redcurrant. What I can confirm is that this stuff smells gorgeous - very fruity - and definitely does something to wake up and brighten the skin. I've been using this on my face in the mornings before moisturiser, and it really does add some radiance as well as purifying the skin.
So, if you're in the market for a new toner, this is a definite goer. I really recommend this, love how it feels on my skin and will be buying it in full-size soon. Prices seem to vary online, but the cheapest I could find it for was €18.20 for 125ml on the Debenhams website.
What do you make of toner - is it something that you use, or can you take it or leave it?