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#AskHauterfly: Is Toner Absolutely Necessary After A Face Wash?

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“Follow a 3-step routine, it will improve your skincare texture.” How many times have been advised to do so? What are these famous 3-steps to flawless skin and are they actually important?

According to experts, 3 things need to be carried out in order to keep our skin at its best. Cleansing, toning, and moisturising is what’s key here, guys — you’ve probably heard it over and over again.

The 3-step system is a method to make sure all our basic skincare needs are taken care of. Cleansing allows for dirt removal, toning balances the pH level of your skin, and moisturising nourishes, hydrates, and restores the moisture of your face.

However, many a time, we tend to skip the second step and skip right to moisturising, and this is considered pretty bad for your face.

So, back to the main question — how necessary is following a 3-step-skincare-regime? Well, in a nutshell, there’s no harm in skipping the toning step, as the whole point of a toner is to remove any impurities and restore the pH balance post a wash — don’t worry, it isn’t as important as it sounds, and here’s why.

If you are using a good cleanser, no impurities will be left behind post washing anyway, so there’s no need for an extra cleansing step. Secondly, your skin is smart enough to balance out the pH level; maybe not instantly, but within 15-20 minutes of washing your face, it definitely will.

If you have oily skin, you might want to consider using a toner, just to keep the oil at bay — but stay away from harsh ingredients, especially alcohol.

So there you have it. You really don’t need to feel guilty the next time you forget to tone your skin — just remember to cleanse and moisturise! Just in case you still want to keep that 3-step regime going, we’ve got five 3-step kits to retain your glow.

Clinique 3 Step Kit (Rs 2,250)


Avene Acne Prone Skin (Rs 4,499)

La Roche Posay Effeclar Acne Treatment Kit (Rs 2,542)

Vichy Anti-Acne Routine (Rs 2,730)

Kama Ayurveda Daily Night Care Regime (Rs 3,200)


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