What is a Toner doing for our skin anyway?

September 23, 2019

What is a Toner doing for our skin anyway?

A while ago I posted on Instagram about toners and why they are important. I thought I pick up this topic again as it seemed there is quite an interest in our community in knowing what a toner does for the skin.

In general, a toner is the answer to a much clearer and more radiant glowing complexion.

But what does it do? What should you look for in a toner? Is a bottle with a lid better than with a sprayer? Which ingredients shouldn’t be included at all?

These are just a few questions that I’ve been asked many times.

When I hit puberty and even during adulthood, I had to fight acne quite a lot. My skin type is combination/oily skin and as you can imagine the most important thing for us oily skin people is to make sure to always cleanse our skin, clean out our pores, morning and evening in order that they don’t get clogged.

When I got older and thought I know what’s going on in the skincare world, I was convinced I don’t need a toner! Why? It’s just another bottle costing me money and standing in my bathroom. So, I decided not to buy a toner anymore. Oh boy! Was I wrong! Within 3 weeks I broke out badly, more than before which made me hurry and look for a toner. LOL Seems really funny today, not so much at that time.

Including a toner in your skincare routine will definitely help you keep your skin healthy and glowing by hydrating and nourishing your skin and preparing your skin for what you put on after.

What does a Toner do?

A toner has the ability to remove impurities and bacteria, clean out your pores, refine large pores, and help prime your skin to absorb oils, serums and other moisturizers more efficiently. Meaning that you get a lot more out of your skincare products when using a toner.

What should you look for in a Toner?

Of course the ingredients should be all natural.
Aloe Vera, a plant-based hydrosol and Willow Bark are great key ingredients.


ALOE VERA has the ability to cleanse and remove skin’s impurities, and penetrates and moisturizes deeply. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits which is very helpful in cleaning out bacteria and very beneficial for acne prone skin.

HYDROSOL! What is a hydrosol? Actually, I noticed that not many people know about Hydrosols which made me think if I should probably talk about hydrosols in one of my next blog posts. Let me know below in the comment if you’d be interested in knowing more about hydrosols.

Anyway! A short description would be: Hydrosols are produced by distilling fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant material with similar properties to essential oils, they are just not as concentrated as essential oils. Which is absolutely great as you get so many amazing benefits additionally for your skin. I love working with hydrosols!

Check out Silba’s Witch Hazel Frankincense Toner

Very important here to mention is that our Witch Hazel Frankincense Toner is made of Witch Hazel Hydrosol. Most of the Witch Hazel Toners you can buy in the stores include 14% alcohol.

WILLOW BARK is a natural source of salicylic acid and is able to enhances skin cell turnover by gently exfoliating dead skin cells. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

Silba’s Rosemary Willow Bark Toner for combination/oily skin or Rose Willow Bark Toner for Dry/Sensitive Skin both have Willow Bark as an active ingredient.

Is a bottle with a lid better than with a sprayer?

YES!!!  Or let’s say the important part is how you use it. If you like to use a spray bottle, that’s fine but always remove a toner with a reusable cotton round. What you want to achieve is that the toner removes all the dirt, the impurities and that’s not going to happen if you just spray the toner in your face and put on your moisturizer afterwards.

When you like a toner with a lid, pour 2 to 3 times on a reusable cotton round and wipe the dirt of your face! Or if you rather like a spray bottle, spray 2-3 spritzer in your face and then wipe it off with a reusable cotton round or spay the toner on the reusable cotton round and remove the dirt from you face! VERY IMPORTANT!!!!         

That’s what it needs to prepare your skin for what comes after using the toner – your oil, serum, moisturizer.

Which ingredients shouldn’t be included in a Toner at all?

Well that’s easy to tell, none of the nasty chemical stuff like parabens, phthalates, dimethicone, PEG, artificial fragrances, dyes etc., and the toner should be alcohol free!

For me and my skin type, I couldn’t go without a toner. But even if you think your skin wouldn’t need one, a toner can help with hydration and many other skincare issues. For example, our Rose Willow Bark Toner is very successful in soothing redness and rosacea. And we get a lot of positive feedback from customer using our Rosemary Willow Bark Toner in regards of removing blackheads, clearing acne etc.

Silba’s Toner not only help remove impurities and clean out pores, they also contain other natural ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. They are all alcohol free, hydrate and nourish your skin and on top of that either include the benefits of additional botanical herbs or essential oils.

Check them out!


Happy Toning!      



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