Commonly used products in a beauty regimen are toners. But I get a lot of questions about just what they are? And what are the similarities and differences in toners and swipes?? Do I need to use both or can one replace the other?? So, let’s break it down.
After your face is washed ... to tone, or not to tone? That can be quite the skincare question. My answer is that it depends.
The older generations of toners that you might be used to seeing were full of chemicals, came in an array of unnatural colors, and could probably take paint off a car. These types of products should absolutely not be used on the skin. Rule of thumb; if you open up a bottle of toner or spray, and it smells more like a bottle of booze than a lovely botanical, put the bottle down and walk away.
But on the other hand, the newer generations of “toners” are now more like a spa treatment and acts as a prep for the skin between cleansing and serum treatments. These new aged toners help to adjust the pH of the skin after cleansing, which in turn allows for better penetration of the therapeutic and anti-aging bioactive ingredients in your serums that follow. This step is a must, especially if you live in an area with less than optimal water supply and washing your face with Evian is out of the question. Most skincare serums and moisturizers are formulated to penetrate the skin at its normal pH level. Some cleansers and the type of water you use to wash with alter the skin’s natural pH.
Toners come in many forms, from hydrosols to essential oil sprays, or even potent swipes that act as an exfoliant and not just a pH prep step. The aromatherapy benefits from these products can be a lovely addition to your daily “self-care through skincare” practice. But never underestimate the powerful punch these can bring to your skincare routine. They can be just the product that takes your regimen from good to great by allowing better penetration of your anti-aging serums and for normalizing your skin’s natural oil production.
Step 2 of the Mikel Kristi skin system includes a beautiful and refreshing toner. It is great for all skin types and prepares your skin for the next steps of your skin care regimen. It is also great for setting your makeup or throwing in your bag for a refresh during the hot summer days!
Lavender Hibiscus Toner -A gentle facial mist that envelopes your skin in lavender infused nourishment to soothe, hydrate, and balance your complexion. Apply as the ultimate primer to enhance the absorption and efficacy of additional skincare products, or take it on the go to hydrate and refresh for a dewy glow throughout the day.
Suitable for: All Skin Types, Normal, Combination, Dry, Sensitive, Oily
Solutions for: Hydration, toning, soothing, pH balance, priming, cooling, setting makeup, refreshing, better absorption of serums and moisturizers
Swipes, while also full of amazing skin care nutrients, serve a different purpose. They are actually quite simple to use, as well!! They are perfectly dosed, pre-moistened pads that glide seamlessly over the skin to swipe away residual dirt, debris, and surface impurities. These are not like the heavy astringent pads you may remember from your youth, but an innovative combination of ten organic essential oils that simultaneously clarify, promote healing, and exfoliate dead and dulling cells. Used as a part of your regular skincare routine, these Swipes pH balance and prime your face for enhanced absorption of additional skincare products. Boost cellular renewal, brighten lackluster skin, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and refine skin texture all with one swipe!
Mikel Kristi has two types of swipes, both that have their own amazing properties yielding fabulous results. This is another step 2 option in your Mikel Kristi regimen.
For great results but without as much of a kick as the Rejuvenating Swipes, try theRefreshing Swipes.These will refresh and balance your skin and they are the perfect addition to bring back life to tired and dull skin. Some of the key ingredients for gentle yet effective results are: organic aloe, willow herb, jasmine, clary sage, sandalwood, and raspberry leaf extract.
Absorption Of Other Products Is Their Biggest Advantage
Products will in fact be absorbed more efficiently through the epidermis, otherwise known as the outer most layer of the skin. Whether you are using toner, which can be sprayed onto a cotton pad or sprayed directly on to your face, or you use a simple swipe and gently wipe over the face, you are giving your skin the nutrients it needs to not only encourage a healthy complexion but balance pH and make other products penetrate more effectively.
And right now, we're offering BOGO 1/2 Off on Toners & Swipes. Purchase one toner or swipes and get an additional one for 50% off, Mix & Match!! Use Promo Code MKTS0820
Try two amazing options to see what you love and fall in love with the difference these products will make in your daily routine!!
Here's to Your Best Skin Ever!
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Hello beauties!! As shocking as it sounds, summer 2021 is already wrapping up!! Kids will be back to school in a matter of weeks, summer vacations are coming to a close, and that means a shift in our daily routines is just around the corner.
While our daily calendars may look different come fall, our skin care routines are going to shift as well. Hopefully you didn’t slack on summer skin care, but it’s never too late to get into an easy daily routine as well.
Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.