WHY DID THEY SELL TONERS?
Toners are a trend that seems to have gone out of the way with the dodo bird. They were popular in the 90s, and they were touted as skincare that was worth investing in. Slowly, professionals came to admit that you really don’t need a toner to get your skin clean. However, some still said that you should have one to balance the pH of the skin.
Toners have largely been replaced by other products, such as exfoliating agents. Exfoliating products serve to strip the skin though of the top layers of the skin in hopes of finding cleaner, clearer skin underneath. While this is fine in theory, in practice it doesn’t always pan out. This is just from my personal experience, but I have gotten scars from exfoliators. I never really experienced this phenomenon when I was just using toners.
I think that toners should be brought back. They are generally gentle agents that serve to give a deeper clean. Imagine what it would be like putting moisturizer on skin that has not been fully cleansed properly? At worst, you can have a reaction between your old sunscreen and putting fresh moisturizer on top of it.
There are still many good toners sold in the stores. For example, Fresh has a rose toner that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. When I used it, I found that I was into it for the whole bottle. This rarely happens with skincare for me when it comes to outliers like toners. It also has fresh rose petals inside the bottle so it is very aesthetically pleasing.
I find that when an old product goes out, a new one comes to take its place. While toners might have been more trendy before, I would recommend them above the exfoliating agents I see propogating the shelves. You can get a deeper clean without the skin burns.