Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Importance of Toner

An article in one of my trade mags reminded me of the importance of using this go-to product.

Toner's primary job is to restore your skin’s natural pH balance. The pH scale is measured from 0 to 14. 7 being neutral. The optimum pH level for skin is a slightly acidic 5.5, but varies with age. We should aim for a pH of between 4.5 - 6.0 to achieve a healthy skin mantle to resist and fight bacteria.

Each time you wash your face you are upsetting the natural balance of acidity. This is where toner comes in! Most cleansers have a pH value between 6.5 and 8.0, which can help minimize the oil on your skin, but also rob the skin of moisture. After cleansing, your skin's pH balance becomes too high and your skin has to work overtime to restore the balance. By using the right toner, your skin's pH level is immediately restored to its optimum range providing the perfect condition for your serums and moisturizers.

Aging skin - As we age, the skin’s pH becomes more and more neutral. The reduced acidity kills fewer bacteria, leaving the skin susceptible to bacterial growth and infections. The skin weakens as a result and begins developing problems.

The aging process of the skin causes biochemical changes in collagen and elastin, the connective tissues underlying the skin, which give the skin its firmness (collagen) and elasticity (elastin).

As the skin becomes less elastic, the underlying fatty tissue begins to disappear resulting in the skin beginning to sag. Our skin is less supple, and wrinkles begin to form. At this stage, our skin is more easily injured, heals more slowly and tends to dry out more quickly.

One of the major culprits that radically alter the pH of the skin, is soap. Commercially available soaps are highly alkaline (pH range 9-11) and raise the skin’s pH to be much more alkaline. In addition, because of its high alkalinity, soap dries out the skin!

Acne skin - The skin’s pH value is one of the major contributors to acne and other skin problems. Propionibacterium acnes is a bacteria found normally in all persons regardless of the presence or absence of acne.

In individuals prone to acne, it has been found that the growth of P. acnes bacteria is very much dependent on the pH value of the skin. Its growth is at its minimum with a skin pH of 5.5. A slight shift toward the alkaline pH and P. acnes can thrive.

Other benefits of using a toner include -
Removing dirt, impurities, dead skin cells and toxins
Removing excess sebum (oil) from the skin
Reducing excess oil secretion by creating an optimal pH level
Speed up cell turnover

Scosh Papaya Enzyme Toner is an alcohol-free, lightly hydrating formula with Papaya enzymes to exfoliate while stimulating extracts - cucumber, geranium and sage - refresh skin. This toner contains skin identical ingredients and antioxidants to help your skin retain its own natural moisture barrier. All skin types.

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