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Question: I’ve heard different opinions about toners and astringents. Do I need to use one?
Answer: To use of not to use? That is the question. Sorry, babe, not even the experts can agree on this one. If your face feels cleaner after using a toner, invest in a better cleanser, says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto dermatologist. Cetaphil or a product from Lisa’s own line, Clear by Dermatological Solutions, will do the trick.
But if your toner is more of a conditioner, it can help your skin absorb moisturizers, says Leanne McCliskie, education manager at the International Dermal Institute for Canada. These pros both agree you should skip astringent-type toners altogether – unless you want Sahara-dry skin.