Should I use a toner in my skincare routine?

If you are already familiar with skincare and have an established routine, you will have probably heard the phrase ‘cleanse and tone’ at some point. The cleanse stage refers to the cleaning of your skin, but what is toning the skin? And why should we be doing it? 

Let’s take a closer look at this key skincare step.  

What is toner? 

A toner is a liquid, multi-purpose skincare product that can restore the pH level of your skin while providing hydration. They can also tighten/firm the skin, helping to minmise the appearance of pores and remove any residue of oil and dirt left behind after the cleansing stage. 

When do I use it? 

The best time to use toner is after the cleansing stage and before you apply serums, oils and moisturisers. ishga Hebridean Marine Toner can also be spritzed over make up for a refreshing setting spray and hydration boost throughout the day. 

How do I apply it? 

Our toner comes in a handy spray bottle so you can spritz directly onto cotton pads and gently sweep over the face, or simply spray directly onto the skin in a light mist. Leave for 1-2 mins before applying your next product. 

Is toner suitable for all skin types? 

Yes! Those with oily or acne prone skin will especially benefit as the toner will work hard to remove any residue from cleansing while closing-up the pores. ishga Hebridean Marine Toner is made using a combination of Hebridean seaweed extract, seawater, spring water, red mandarin oil, aloe vera and cucumber. Skin will be soothed and nourished from first use and even those with sensitive will find it gentle and non-irritating.  


Five main benefits of using a toner  

1.Restores pH balance  

After cleansing our skin needs replenished and toner helps to nourish and bring the skins’ pH levels back to normal.  

  1. Soothes 

Using a toner that includes plant-based ingredients will calm and soothe the skin, helping to reduce any redness and irritation.  

  1. Provides hydration

Toners tend to be water based so they provide a boost of hydration to your skin after you have cleansed. Skin will be fresher, smoother and ready for the next step in your skincare routine! 

  1. Helps to removes last traces of oil and dirt

Any impurities left behind after the cleansing stage will be picked up by the toner. Skin will be clean, and pores tightened leading to a healthy glow. 

  1. Muti-purpose product

ishga Hebridean Marine Toner uses a combination of pure Scottish water and gentle, soothing ingredients which means that is can be used after cleansing, as a setting spray after applying make-up or just to give your skin a boost of hydration during the day – this is especially useful if you are on holiday somewhere hot as it not only soothes skin, but provides you with a refreshing mist.  

Are all toners the same? 

Not all toners will use the same ingredients, opting for a natural, plant-based toner will benefit your skin more. Before you buy toner check the label and make sure the toner you are choosing doesn’t include alcohol (can dry the skin), artificial fragrances (can irritate the skin) or includes parabens (Endocrine disruptors). At ishga, our toner uses 93% organic ingredients and is certified organic by the Soil Association.