Let’s Talk… Acid Toners

lets talk acid toners

A while ago you may remember I wrote a post all about double cleansing. So naturally I thought I’d follow up with the next step in my skin care routine which is acid toning. Don’t be put off by the name. Essentially acid toners are a chemical exfoliant used the same way you would any other toner. But these babies help to polish off the dead skin and even the skin texture whilst also helping to balance the skin pH after cleansing. What more could you want?

Acid toning has been a part of my skin care routine for well over a year now. I love being able to sweep the product across my face with ease rather than scrubbing my face with a physical exfoliant. But like I mentioned previously, although I love a good skin care routine, I sometimes decide to stop using things for no reason. So when I moved out of my uni house for Easter I left behind my acid toners. Shock horror! My skin suffered and combined with the exam stress it was a recipe for disaster. Once I reintroduced the acids my skin felt new again, fresh, bright and smooth. It really does make a huge difference!

So how should you use them?

If you’re new to acid toners, skincare god Caroline Hirons (who I mention a lot) suggests either using a mild one morning and night or a stronger one at night only. But ideally you should try to alternate different toners daily. Generally mild in the am. strong in the pm.

Simply apply to a cotton pad and sweep across the face as you would a normal toner.

Follow up with a regular hydrating toner or spritz and continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

There are many different types of acids which I’m still trying to get to grips with but generally they all help to resurface the skin texture. Glycolic acid increases cell turnover, evens skintone and can even help prevent/reduce wrinkles!! But it’s important you use an SPF as it can make you more sensitive to sunlight. (You should really be wearing SPF anyways though).

pixi glow tonic clarins gentle exfoliating tonerfirst aid beauty facial radiance pads

What do I use?

For over a year I went down the strong acid at night only route, but lately I decided to up my game and currently I have three products in rotation. Lol.

First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads – are a quick and easy option as the pads are presoaked. They’re also great for travelling with and come in packs of 28 or 60 so are a good option to test out if you’re unsure. This is my mild toner used mainly in the morning or at night if I’m feeling particularly lazy.

Pixi Glow Tonic – this is such a cult product and the first acid toner I tried. I use this at night as it’s more active than the First Aid Beauty pads. These also now come in a presoaked pad version too. It leaves the skin feeling glowy and fresh.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner – this is the strongest of the bunch and should only really be used a couple of times a week. I love using this as I feel I’m giving my skin that extra attention and it feels so good. I’m such a fan of the scent of this so really look forward to using it haha.

These all contain glycolic acid so I also wear an SPF daily! 

Other than these I am keen to try The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which is said to be a cheaper dupe of the Pixi. If it’ll ever come back in stock! Sigh.

Do you use acid toners?

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  1. Velvet Blush
    June 13, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I am currently using the Pixi Glow tonic, I prefer going in with it at night too as twice a day would dry my skin out too much 🙂 x

    Velvet Blush

    • howlindycsit
      June 14, 2017 / 10:01 am

      It’s lovely isn’t it!

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