I can understand how people might resist using a toner and other skin-care products because they don’t think they have the time. I used to be the same way, only worse! I didn’t do anything right for my skin because I was ignorant about so much. Also, it never occurred to me that since my skin looked so good in my twenties, it would not look different (read: age) in future years.
The traditional European way is to think of skin care like making a cake! It takes all the ingredients and all the steps in a certain order for it to come out right.
The skin’s job is to protect, regulate temperature, provide sensation, and eliminate toxins. What I have learned is that for your skin to do its job right (and it is the largest organ in the body), it must have pure ingredients that are pH correct (meaning that the ingredients have the same acidity/alkalinity as the skin itself). Being pH correct is more important than being simply pH balanced. Ingredients must be pH correct to the skin if the cells are to be able to extract the moisture and nourishment they need. Thus they can stay healthy and strong and continue to do their job.
So what does this have to do with toner? It has to do with preparation. You wouldn’t paint a building without first priming it, right? Well, it’s kind of like that with your skin. You first clean it, then you must tone it (prime it). By doing this you are restoring the proper pH to the skin and preparing it to receive a moisturizer to maximum benefit. Toning the skin can also be compared to the “RINSE” cycle of your washing machine. After the “WASH” cycle, you rinse! By toning your skin, a moisturizer will be able to penetrate well.
If you invest three to five minutes morning and night in your skin-care routine, you really will come to relish it. I know I do! Think of what you want your skin to look like in the next 5 to 10 years. The few minutes you spend now will really add up to a nice payoff in future skin health.