What is a toning lotion?

Simply put, toning lotion (also known as toner) is a step in the cleansing process that removes all the stuff left behind on your skin after washing, such as makeup, excess oils, impurities, dead skin cells, or even residue left from your cleanser.

Most toners are water based liquids composed of specific active ingredients which may include plant extracts to treat a variety of skin types.

What does a Toning Lotion do?

Removes impurities and minimises the appearance of pores
Toners cleanse pores.  Those black dots on your cotton round after wiping your face with toner is proof of this. Toner also tightens pores making it hard for dirt and oil to get in and cause infections, acne or other skin irritations.  

Restores skin’s natural pH balance
Some cleansing products and techniques (hot water and rough cloths) can compromise the pH level of the skin and in turn the acid mantle, the skin’s first line of defense, making the skin vulnerable to dehydration, bacteria and infections. Toners restore the skin’s pH balance after cleansing making the skin better protected.

Help treat acne and oily skin concerns
Traditionally toners are formulated to remove sebum, excess oil and blemishes that cause acne. While effective it is important to ensure your toner does not strip oil completely away.  Lack of natural oil will irritate the skin inhibiting its ability to heal from acne and in the case of oily skin, make it worse for when the skin senses it is too dry, it produces more oil as a defense to protect itself.


Consequently it is important to know what ingredients are in your toner.  For oily and acne skin, toners that include exfoliating properties such as salicylic or glycolic acid will further buff away pore clogging offenders.  Mary Cohr offer toning lotions that help hydrate and soothe the skin while fighting inflammation.

When and how to use?

It is best to use a toner directly after cleansing and before drying the skin. Toners are applied on a cotton round that is then used to wipe your face capturing what is left behind.  Think of toner as your second cleanse. Toning also better prepares for any following serum, moisturiser or skincare treatment.

TONING TIP #1: Toning lotion can be used for cleansing and removing excess oil from breakout spots on your body too, like your chest, back, neck, and shoulders.

TONING TIP #2: During warm weather months, a skin toner can come in handy not only to combat breakouts caused from sweat, sunblock, and dirt clogging our pores (hello beach days!) but to refresh the skin.

To learn more about toners and whether they will help you, come and visit us at the spa for a skin review and chat!